Scholarships for master's – Rwanda


Scholarships are only available for specific courses in development, engineering, environment, medical and health sciences, and law.

Full list of courses for which scholarships are available

Chemical Engineering

Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Computer Science



Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Humanitarian and Conflict Response

Human Resource Management


Medical and Health Sciences

Materials and Textiles

Online programmes

Equity and Merit Scholarship students from Rwanda
Equity and Merit Scholarship students from Rwanda


Our master's scholarships are aimed at talented applicants, especially from disadvantaged backgrounds. To apply for a scholarship, you must:

  • have at least two years' of post-graduation 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 2019) 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 a resident citizen of Rwanda and have not previously studied outside Africa (training of six months or less does not count);
  • be committed to returning home and able to demonstrate the potential to make a positive impact on the future of Rwanda;
  • have a clear idea how studying in Manchester will benefit both your career and the wider community.

English language requirements

We accept the following English language tests:

You can take the IELTS or TOFEL test in Rwanda. To find your nearest test centre visit IELTS or TOFEL. If you don’t have an IELTS or TOFEL score then you can still apply for the scholarship but you must take the test if you’re shortlisted for interview.

Each master’s programme on the scholarship list has its own requirements in terms of English test scores. Please refer to the course profiles for more details. In most cases you will need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with no sub-test less than 5.5) or TOEFL 90 to be awarded a scholarship.

We don't grant any exemptions to these language requirements to applicants who have studied in English and we don't accept a certificate of English language proficiency from a Rwandan university.

How to apply

Applications are currently closed. We will open for applications next summer for entry in September 2022.

To apply you will need:

  • Degree certificates and transcripts, showing subjects taken and grades achieved.
  • An IELTS or TOFEL test result (if you already have it).
  • Two up-to-date signed references. References must be on letter headed paper and addressed to 'Equity and Merit Scholarships at The University of Manchester'. They don't need to be sent confidentially and there is no fixed format.

It is not necessary to have an academic offer of admission to apply for the scholarship. Please do not apply separately for academic admission.

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