Equity and Merit Scholarships for international master’s students

The UN's Sustainable Development Goals set the direction toward a better, more sustainable future for all. Our Equity and Merit Scholarships aim to empower young professionals in the Global South to deliver solutions to meet these interlinked goals.

Equity and Merit Scholarships are for academically excellent students who have the potential to make a significant contribution to sustainable development in their home countries.

The awards are intended for those who cannot afford to study in Manchester without a scholarship. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and all applications are considered on their merit. We particularly encourage women to apply. 

We offer two types of scholarship:  

  • Full-time, on-campus master’s (one-year duration).
  • Part-time, distance learning master’s (three to five years duration).

There are 39 scholarships (29 for full-time study and ten for online study) available for a range of courses in engineering, environment, health sciences, development, education, textiles and law. The scheme is open to applicants from Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. 

The scholarships cover full tuition fees, and for students who will be studying in Manchester, the award includes return international airfares, living expenses and visas.

Eligibility

Our master’s scholarships are aimed at talented applicants, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

To apply for a scholarship, you will need: 

  • to be a resident citizen of Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda or Zimbabwe, and have not previously studied outside of Africa (training of six months or less does not count);
  • at least two years of professional experience related to your chosen field of study (this does not include unpaid internships or voluntary work);
  • a bachelor’s degree (you must have graduated before September 2021) with an overall excellent grade. The awards are for academically outstanding students and typically this means that you are in the top 10% of your class;
  • to be committed to returning home and able to demonstrate the potential to make a positive impact on the future of your home country;
  • a clear idea of how studying at Manchester will benefit both your career and the wider community.

Full list of courses where scholarships are available

Chemical Engineering

Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Computer Science

Development

Education

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Environment

Humanitarian and Conflict Response

Human Resource Management

Law

Medical and Health Sciences

Materials and Textiles

Online programmes

English language requirements

You do not need to provide an IELTS or TOFEL test result when you apply for the scholarship. However, if you are shortlisted for an interview then you'll be required to take an approved English test.

Each master’s course has its own requirements in English test scores, please refer to the course profiles for more details.

In most cases, you'll need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with no sub-test less than 5.5) or TOEFL 90 (with no sub-test less than 22) to be awarded a scholarship. 

We don't grant exemptions to English language requirements and we don't accept a certificate of English language proficiency from your university.

How to apply

Applications are open from Thursday, 1 August until 5pm on Wednesday, 31 August 2022 for September 2023 entry.

Apply online.

Application timeline for 2023/24

1 to 31 August 2022 Application window
September 2022 to May 2023  Review period
June 2023 Results announced
September 2023 Start of the academic year 

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