£15,840 University of Edinburgh 2023 The Catto Combined MSc and PhD Scholarships, Centre of African Studies

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

    International Relations
  • Country of the Scholarship

    United Kingdom
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL, United Kingdom


The Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh is pleased to announce the availability of one full scholarship for suitable female applicants from Africa. The scholarship can be used to pursue an MSc in Africa and International Development and then a PhD in African Studies, or it can be used to go directly into a PhD program if that is what is deemed to be more appropriate.

This fellowship was created to provide a combined package in order to give individuals who may not believe that they have adequate research experience to embark on a PhD the opportunity to gain the footing that they need with an MSc. The Master of Science year acts as a stepping stone between undergraduate studies and doctoral work. We have high hopes that the comprehensive package of support would sway the opinions of some individuals who previously did not believe that obtaining a PhD was possible. One of the primary objectives of the scholarship is to broaden the pool of academics hailing from African countries who are actively engaged in innovative and significant research within the field of African Studies.


About the Scholarship Provider:

As it was established in 1096, it is the oldest municipal foundation in the history of the English-speaking world and the sixth-oldest university in the United Kingdom. It is also the oldest university in Europe. The illustrious Institute of Edinburgh may be found in Edinburgh, which is located in Scotland. The University, which currently has more than 44,000 enrolled students and five separate sites located all across the city, is in the process of quickly developing. These organizations have some of the most impressive art collections, rare book and manuscript collections, musical instrument collections, natural history specimens, geological specimens, anatomical model collections, and rare publication collections in the world.

The University of Edinburgh will make housing offers to first-year students who do not currently live in Edinburgh if they do not already have one. There are around 25 hotels and various accomodation alternatives within a short walking distance or easily accessible by public transit of Edinburgh’s central business district. Pollock Hall is located approximately two kilometers from the heart of the city and features 1,900 guest rooms in addition to on-site catering. In addition to the fundamental restrooms, there are also private toilets and bathrooms that guests can share with other guests. There are also a number of dorms and flats dispersed throughout the city that give students the option of self-catering. The maximum number of people that may be accommodated in an apartment is six, and each unit can be found throughout the city.


Students at the University of Edinburgh who are seeking for private housing can take advantage of a free accommodation counseling service that is provided by the university at the beginning of each academic year. During the course of the last few years, 83% of their research has been considered as either world-leading or globally remarkable, and they have been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Award five times in total. In addition, since 1967, the company’s commercial service has assisted more than 500 enterprises in launching their operations successfully.

Students from countries other than the United Kingdom make up the vast majority of Edinburgh University’s total student body, which consists of over 26,000 undergraduates and 15,000 graduate students. These students have access to the school’s remarkable pedagogical and educational resources, and they are encouraged to make full use of them. The institution received the Queen’s Anniversary Award in 2013 in recognition of its pioneering distance learning master’s programs, which have transformed postgraduate education for trainee surgeons and earned the university the honor. The institution was the first in the United Kingdom to provide students from all over the world with access to massive open online courses (MOOCs). Universities are frequently at the forefront of developing ground-breaking new methods of teaching and learning. It is able to make a significant, long-lasting, and socially responsible contribution to Scotland, the United Kingdom, and the rest of the world thanks to its staff of over 15,000 people, of which 36% are international scholars.


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Scholarship Sponsor(s): University of Edinburgh

Scholarship Country:  United Kingdom

Scholarship Worth:  £15,840

Study Level:  Postgraduate 

Nationality: International Students


Scholarship Offer:

  • In either scenario, the funds will cover a period of four years of support. The applicant who is ultimately selected will begin their academic career in September of 2022. The Stephen Gordon Catto Charitable Trust has been extremely generous in providing the cash necessary to make this Scholarship a reality. It will pay the full cost of tuition in addition to providing a stipend of £15,840 each year for the duration of the one-year Master of Science program, as well as for the succeeding three years of PhD study, or for the entire duration of four years of PhD study. A one-time contribution of four thousand pounds will also be made available to assist in covering the awardee’s costs associated with applying for a UK visa, traveling to Edinburgh, and any other fees spent prior to arriving in Edinburgh.


The Gustafsson & Skrondal Visiting Scholarship is administered by the University of Oslo’s Centre for Educational Measurement (CEMO). As part of the visiting scholar program, CEMO and the University of Oslo host a number of young researchers from Norway and elsewhere each year.


Eligibility for Scholarship.

  • Identify as women, including people who are cisgender or transgender, as well as non-binary or gender fluid people who identify in a meaningful sense as women or female and who generally domicile themselves in one of the African countries listed here.
  • possess an outstanding bachelor’s degree in the social sciences (with a grade point average of at least a high 2.1) from a university in Africa that is recognized for its academic excellence (a Masters degree achieved with distinction will be an advantage for those wishing to go directly into a PhD).
  • Not have a degree from a university that is located outside of Africa that they previously obtained (with the exception of current or former students of The University of Edinburgh).
  • Establish your dedication to the pursuit of a doctoral degree in African Studies.
  • Show that they have the potential to lead (in a wide sense), and that they intend to make the most of the influence that their research has.
  • by the 15th of April in 2022, you must have completed an application to study for either the Master of Science in Africa and International Development or the Doctor of Philosophy in African Studies at the University of Edinburgh.
  • This scholarship is only available to academics who are normally resident in one of the African countries; the reason for this is because one of the primary goals of the scholarship is to increase the number of academics hailing from the African continent who contribute original and significant research to the field of African Studies.
  • Those who are interested in studying conflict resolution, elections, technology, peace building, gender and/or governance in African contexts will be given preference; however, the selection panel may consider candidates who are interested in other areas of politics and international development as well.
  • The University of Edinburgh has certain standards for proficiency in the English language, and it is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that they can achieve these standards: English Language Requirements.



The  University of Edinburgh 2023 The Catto Combined MSc and PhD Scholarships, Centre of African Studies  is open to all International Students


If a student enrolls in one of the degree programs offered by SOAS University of London, they may be eligible to receive a fee waiver award in the amount of £5,000. This award is available to students who are interested in receiving a degree from SOAS University of London.


Application Procedure

  • If you are interested and satisfy all of the requirements listed above, please send the following information:
  • An overview of your proposed research project (maximum 2 pages).
  • A cover letter that describes your goals and aspirations for the future (maximum 1 page).
  • a curriculum vitae that highlights academic accomplishments, including degree earned and other relevant information (maximum 2 pages).
  • a recommendation letter written by a knowledgeable scholar who is familiar with your work.
  • The following must be used for the file name of the PDF document: First Name CATTO APPLICATION 2022 Submitted with Last Name
  • Example: Idia Asante CATTO APPLICATION 2022
  • CATTO SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION 2022 must be included in the subject line of all applications submitted through email.
  • Applications must be emailed to [email protected] in a single PDF document by the deadline of 30 April 2022 at the latest, which is 12:00 Noon GMT.


Application Deadline

The application deadline for  the University of Edinburgh 2023 The Catto Combined MSc and PhD Scholarships, Centre of African Studies  is April 30, 2023.


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