The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) Graduate Scholarship 2019 for scholars from the Global South


Application Deadline: April 30th 2019

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is delighted to offer up to six scholarships to encourage high achieving scholars from the Global South to study for a master’s degree commencing in 2019.

These scholarships have been jointly endowed by the Allan and Nesta
Ferguson Charitable Trust, the Albertina Scholarship Fund and the estate
of Sir Hans Singer.

The scholarships are available to international students from lower-
or middle-income countries who have accepted a full-time place on an IDS
master’s degree. Priority will be given to students who have the
greatest potential to make a difference in their home countries after
completing the degree.

Type of award

Taught full-time master’s degree plus essential living costs

Award amount

Up to £16,750 for fees and up to £11,000 for essential living costs


The scholarship is only open to applicants who are nationals of and
currently living in a lower or middle income country. For details please
refer to our country list.


  • Must have received and accepted an offer of a place on an full-time taught IDS masters degree (see our list of IDS masters courses)
  • Must have proven academic skills and an established career with a
    track record of excellence and achievement in the field of development
  • Must be able to demonstrate, through your previous experience and
    future plans, that you are committed to working for development – be it
    educational, economic, social or cultural – in your home country
  • Must not have studied nor worked in a high-income (developed) country
  • Must meet all of IDS and the University of Sussex’s general entrance requirements.
  • Must have received an unconditional offer on an eligible Masters by
    Friday 17 May 2019 (it is possible to apply for the scholarship before
    receiving an offer of a place).

It is not possible to defer an award made in one academic year to a
later academic year if a student is unable to take up the original

Application procedure

To be considered for the IDS Graduate Scholarship, you must have
accepted an offer of a place on an eligible IDS master’s degree.

Applications for the scholarship award should be submitted via our online IDS Scholarship Application Form.

In fairness to other applicants, we are unable to consider
applications from candidates who have not already secured sufficient
funds to meet the remaining tuition and living expenses at the time of
application (after taking account of the possible award of this
Scholarship) and you must provide evidence of how you will fund your

The closing date for receipt of scholarship applications is Tuesday 30 April 2019.

Your application will be reviewed and successful candidates may be
called for an interview (by phone or Skype). Once an award has been
approved, the candidate will be notified in writing in June 2019.
Please note that candidates should not make irreversible plans to leave
for the UK until they have received a formal offer letter for the

Application deadline

The deadline to submit your scholarship application is Tuesday 30
April 2019 but you must be in receipt of an unconditional offer on an
eligible course by Friday 17 May 2019.

If you have any questions regarding the scheme please email: [email protected]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the IDS Graduate Scholarship 2019


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