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Bicentenary Global Futures Scholarships 

To celebrate its bicentenary in 2024, Manchester is proud to offer more than 200 awards to international students commencing their studies in September 2024. The total value of scholarships offered will be over £3.5 million, and awards will be open to prospective bachelor’s and master’s students. 

Undergraduate awards 

The University of Manchester is proud to offer more than 100 merit-based undergraduate scholarships of £21,000 to international students from a selection of countries across the globe.  

The Bicentenary Global Futures Scholarships for Africa are open to applicants domiciled in the following countries: Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe. 

Please note the application form will only be made available to you once you have applied and received an offer. 

Award details

Each award comprises £7,000 for the first year of study with a further £7,000 awarded in the second and third years of study, conditional on attainment of 60% average in each year. Scholarships will be awarded in the form of a discount on published overseas tuition fees. 

Students must be taking one of the following qualifications: A-level, IB, South African Matric (NSC or IEB), NCUK International Foundation Year. 

Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence, predicted grades and your responses to questions in the online application form, which will be emailed to all eligible offer holders. 

Awardees will be selected based on academic merit, but we will endeavour to achieve a balance in the allocation of the awards by gender, domicile, qualification type and course of study. 

Please note the application form will only be made available to you once you have applied and received an offer. 

Eligibility criteria

  • Applications will be considered from international fee-paying students domiciled in the following countries:  Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
  • Applicants must be applying for direct first-year entry in 2024 and have, or be working towards one of the following qualifications: A-levels, IB Diploma, South African NSC or IEB NCUK International Foundation Year.
  • Applicants for the African awards must have accepted (made firm) a conditional or unconditional offer to study a full-time programme at Manchester and must submit an online scholarship application form by 23 May 2024.
  • Scholarship applications from A Level, IB and NCUK IFY students will be assessed on any previous examinations, predicted grades in the above-listed qualifications and the strength of the personal statement.
  • Scholarships for South African NSC/IEB students will be based upon grades attained following the results release in January 2024 and the strength of the personal statement.
  • Applicants must be self-funded (not sponsored).
  • Applicants for Medicine (MBChB), Dentistry (BDS), Architecture, or any courses with an integrated foundation year are not eligible for the award.
  • Applicants must have selected The University of Manchester as their FIRM UCAS choice by 23 May 2024.
  • Applicants who have previously studied at a higher education institution in the UK are not eligible for the award.
  • Applicants for blended and distance learning programmes are not eligible for the award.
  • The application form will be emailed automatically to all eligible applicants shortly after an academic offer is made.
  • Awards offers will be made by 21 June 2024, and will be conditional on academic performance as outlined in the full terms and conditions linked below.  

The above is provided as a summary but please ensure that you download and read our full terms and conditions.

How to apply

You must submit an online scholarship application form by 23 May 2024. 

The link to the online application form will be emailed to all relevant offer-holders. 

All successful applicants will be notified of the University’s decision by 21 June 2024.

Master’s awards 

The University of Manchester is proud to offer more than 100 merit-based master’s scholarships to prospective international students from a range of countries across the globe.  

The value of The Bicentenary Global Futures Scholarships for African students is £15,000; scholarships will be awarded in the form of a discount on published overseas tuition fees.  

Within Africa, the awards are open to applicants domiciled in the following countries:  Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe. 

Please note the application form will only be made available to you once you have applied and been made an offer.

Award details

These scholarships of £15,000 will be awarded based on academic excellence and the quality of your responses in the online application form. 

Scholarships will be awarded in the form of a discount on published overseas tuition fees. 

Please note the application form will only be made available to you once you have applied and been made an offer. 

Summary of eligibility criteria

  • Applications will be considered from international fee-paying students domiciled in the following countries: Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Egypt, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. 
  • Applicants for the African awards must hold an unconditional offer to study a full-time on-campus master’s course at The University of Manchester for a course starting in September 2024, and must submit an online scholarship application form by 26 April 2024. The application form will be emailed to all eligible offer-holders. 
  • Applicants will be considered for the award based on academic merit and the quality of their scholarship application, but we will endeavour to achieve a balance by gender, domicile and course in the allocation of the awards. 
  • Applicants must be self-funded (not sponsored).
  • Applicants for MBA, MPhil, Master of Architecture (MArch), Architecture and Urbanism (MA), Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA), Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Clinical Medicine and Dentistry degrees are not eligible for the award. Some ‘Master’s by Research’ courses are also ineligible (see Terms and Conditions, below).
  • Applicants who have studied a bachelor’s degree outside of Africa are not eligible for the award.
  • Applicants for blended and distance learning programmes are not eligible for the award. 

The above is provided as a summary but please ensure that you download and read our full terms and conditions.

How to apply

Applicants for the African awards must hold an unconditional offer to study a full-time master’s programme at Manchester and must submit an online scholarship application form by 26 April 2024. 

Please note the application form will only be made available to you once you have applied and been made an offer. 

All successful applicants will be notified of the University’s decision by 31 May 2024.

In addition, a number of other faculty, school and programme-specific scholarships are available to students from Africa.   

For PhDs the University offers a number of competitive bursaries via individual Schools and research groups for well-qualified candidates. Please check with your prospective academic School for details and check the University’s postgraduate research funding database.