University of Manchester Global Development Institute Bursary in the UK for 2023/2024

About the Bursary:

The Global Development Institute Bursary offers three full scholarships to academically outstanding residents of Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, or Uganda who are enrolled in a GDI campus-based master’s program starting in September 2023 and have never studied outside of Africa. This prestigious scholarship covers all costs, including tuition fees, accommodation, travel to the UK, and visa fees.

About the University of Manchester:

The University of Manchester is a renowned public research institution located in Manchester, England. Its main campus is situated just south of Manchester City Centre on Oxford Road. The university owns and manages significant cultural institutions such as the Manchester Museum, The Whitworth Art Gallery, The John Rylands Library, The Tabley House Collection, and the Jodrell Bank Observatory, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Founded in the late 19th century as part of the municipal university movement, the University of Manchester is known as a red-brick institution. In 2004, it merged with the Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) to become the modern University of Manchester. The university’s history is intertwined with Manchester’s industrial heritage and commitment to scientific education.

The University of Manchester is highly regarded globally, with a strong reputation in various disciplines, including life sciences, engineering, humanities, economics, sociology, and the social sciences. It consistently ranks among the top universities in national and international rankings.

Value of the Global Development Institute Bursary:

The bursary offers a significant £10,000 tuition fee discount.


To be eligible for the Global Development Institute Bursary, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Fulfill the admission criteria for the MSc in Management and Information Systems (Distance Learning), including an English language proficiency requirement and a first-degree classification of 2.1 or above.
  • Hold an offer for the MSc in Management and Information Systems (Distance Learning) program.
  • Meet the entry requirements of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC), which includes being a resident of a developing Commonwealth nation for the duration of the MSc program or being a refugee or a British-protected person.
  • Be a self-sponsored international student who has been offered a place to enroll in one of the Global Development Institute master’s courses and is a citizen or has their primary residence in one of the following countries: Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru.
  • Demonstrate academic and cultural qualities that align with the master’s program’s diverse and inclusive character and the ability to contribute to its overall development.

Application Procedure:

There is no separate bursary application procedure. Eligible candidates will be automatically considered for the bursary. Selected applicants will be notified by the end of June 2023 if their bursary application has been accepted.

Deadline for Application: June 30, 2023.

the author