£19,840 University of Edinburgh 2022 Catto MSc & PhD Scholarships for Female African Students

Written by David on March 23, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • 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

    School Of Social And Political Science University Of Edinburgh Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh EH8 9LD

The University of Edinburgh’s Centre of African Studies is pleased to announce the availability of one full scholarship for suitable female African applicants to study for an MSc in Africa and International Development and then a PhD in African Studies, or to go straight into a PhD if more suitable.


About the Scholarship:

The University of Edinburgh is a well-known teaching and research institution in Scotland, having been founded in 1583, making it one of the UK’s oldest institutions. The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious universities, and it is currently placed among the top 20 universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings. The University is divided into 22 schools, with around 6,000 international students among the 27,500 students now enrolled. Edinburgh has a high academic reputation in medicine and science, having produced significant breakthroughs and technologies like as anaesthesia, penicillin, and the telephone. The university also features the UK’s oldest Department of English Literature, as well as a strong humanities program. Edinburgh’s 26,000 undergraduate and more than 15,000 postgraduate students, 45 percent of whom are from outside the UK, benefit from a high-quality learning and teaching environment. It was the first university in the UK to provide massive, open, online courses (MOOCs) to students all over the world, and it was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2013 for its distance learning masters programs, which have reshaped postgraduate education for trainee surgeons. More than 15,000 people work at the university, with 36 percent of academics coming from outside the country, allowing it to make a major, long-term, and socially responsible contribution to Scotland, the United Kingdom, and the rest of the globe. The University’s Centre for Cardiovascular Science was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2015 for its research into coronary heart disease, which has resulted in a significant drop in death rates thanks to breakthrough therapies and guidelines, saving many lives. The International Office in Edinburgh offers a variety of programs and services to international students. Pre-sessional English instruction is combined with a postgraduate degree in the Integrated English for Academic Purposes program. The International Student Centre hosts a variety of events and serves as a focal point for international issues. On new international students’ arrival weekends in September and January, a welcome service is offered at Edinburgh airport, and the Resident Life service will assure the organization of events and social events to help new students integrate into the university and city.. The Institution of Edinburgh is the oldest civic foundation in the English-speaking world and the sixth oldest university in the United Kingdom. Over 44,000 students are currently enrolled at the University, which is located across five sites throughout the city. Art, musical instruments, natural history, geology, anatomy, rare books, and manuscripts are among the world’s most important collections housed on these campuses. They have been given the renowned Queen’s Anniversary Prize five times, and 83 percent of their research has lately been judged world leading or internationally excellent. In addition, since 1967, its commercial service has assisted in the development of over 500 businesses. All first-year students from outside Edinburgh will get a University of Edinburgh housing offer. Over 25 locations offer lodging, all of which are within a short walk or bus ride of Edinburgh’s city center. Pollock Hall, 2 kilometers from the city center, has 1,900 catered rooms. There are en suite, ordinary, and shared rooms available. Self-catering is also provided in a variety of halls and apartments throughout the city, with each flat housing up to six students. At the start of each academic year, the University of Edinburgh offers an accommodation advising service to assist students looking for private housing.


Scholarship Sponsor(s):  University of Edinburgh

Scholarship Country: United Kingdom

Scholarship Worth:  £19,840

Study Level: PhD

Nationality: International Students


Scholarship Offer: 

In either case, the funding covers four years of assistance. In September 2022, the successful applicant will begin their studies. The Stephen Gordon Catto Charitable Trust has generously provided funding for this scholarship. During the one-year MSc and subsequent three years of PhD study or four years of PhD study, it will cover full fees as well as an annual stipend of £15,840. A total of £4000 will be provided up front to help cover the costs of the awardee’s UK visa application, travel to Edinburgh, and any other expenses incurred prior to their arrival in Edinburgh.


Eligibility for Scholarship.

Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to be considered:

  • Be a woman who is normally based in one of the African countries listed.
  • have an excellent undergraduate degree in the social sciences (minimum of a high 2.1) from an accredited African university (a Masters degree achieved with distinction will be an advantage for those wishing to go directly into a PhD).
  • not have received a degree from a university outside of Africa in the past (with the exception of current or former students of The University of Edinburgh).
  • demonstrate a desire to pursue a PhD in African Studies.
  • show leadership potential (in a broad sense) and a desire to maximize the impact of their research
  • By April 15, 2022, you must have submitted an application to the University of Edinburgh for an MSc in Africa and International Development and/or a PhD in African Studies.
  • This scholarship is only open to scholars who are normally domiciled in African countries, as one of the scholarship’s main goals is to diversify the number of African scholars who contribute original and important research to African Studies.


Catto MSc and PhD Scholarships: Interview Dates, Process, and Location

After the deadline, all applications will be reviewed, and shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an online interview.



  • If you are interested and meet all of the requirements, please send your application to:
  • a brief synopsis of your research proposal (maximum 2 pages).
  • a cover letter outlining your motivations and plans for the future (maximum 1 page).
  • An academic CV that clearly shows the degree class and previous educational accomplishments (maximum 2 pages).
  • A letter of recommendation from a professor who is familiar with your work.



The University of Edinburgh 2022 Catto MSc & PhD Scholarships for Female African Students  is open to all International African Female Students 


Application Procedure

  • The following is the name of the PDF document:
  • Idia Asante CATTO APPLICATION 2022 is an example.
  • CATTO SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION 2022 must be the subject line of all applications.
  • Applications must be submitted in a single pdf document on or before 12:00 Noon GMT on 30 April 2022 to [email protected].


Application Deadline

The application deadline for University of Edinburgh 2022 Catto MSc & PhD Scholarships for Female African Students  is April 30, 2022.  It should be worthy of note that the University of Edinburgh 2022 Catto MSc & PhD Scholarships for Female African Students  is renewable for each year.

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