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

Three full scholarships are available through the Global Development Institute Bursary for 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 who have never studied outside of Africa. The scholarship covers all costs, including education, housing, travel to the UK, and visa fees.

About the University of Manchester

Manchester, England is home to the University of Manchester, a public research institution. On Oxford Road, the main campus is located south of Manchester City Centre. The Manchester Museum, The Whitworth Art Gallery, The John Rylands Library, The Tabley House Collection, and the Jodrell Bank Observatory—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—are among the significant cultural institutions that the university owns and manages.

The University of Manchester, a creation of the municipal university movement in the late 19th century, is known as a red-brick institution. The Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) merged to become the modern University of Manchester in 2004. The two institutions had been closely collaborating for a century before this. The Mechanics’ Institute, established in 1824, is where the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology had its start.


According to its crest and badge, the current University of Manchester recognizes this day as its formal founding year since it is also the day the Royal School of Medicine and Surgery, one of the precursor schools of the Victoria University of Manchester, was founded. All professions, according to the institute’s founders, depend on scientific concepts to some extent. As a result, the institution provided working people with science courses relevant to their line of work. They thought that the use of science in these fields would promote innovation and progress in those crafts and professions.

The University of Manchester dates back to the establishment of the Mechanics’ Institute (later known as UMIST) in 1824, and its history is intertwined with Manchester’s pride in being the first industrial metropolis in the world. The Mechanics’ Institute was founded by Manchester businesses and manufacturers and English scientist John Dalton to ensure that employees could study the fundamentals of science.

The top 100 graduate employers in the UK are most interested in Manchester University, according to the 2020 Graduate Market Review released by High Fliers. The University of Manchester was ranked as the 27th best institution in the world by QS as of 2021. The institution came in sixth place overall. The Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020 placed the University of Manchester in position 36. On this list, it was ranked fifth among universities in the UK. On the list of the World’s Most Innovative Universities published by Reuters in 2019, the university came in at number four overall.

Manchester “has a formidable reputation spanning most disciplines, but particularly in the life sciences, engineering, humanities, economics, sociology, and the social sciences,” according to The Sunday Times in 2006. The 2010 Times Higher Education Awards presented Manchester with a major prize for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts.

Global Development Institute Bursary – Benefits

The Global Development Institute Bursary offers a £10,000 tuition fee discount. 

Eligibility for Global Development Institute Bursary

  • All self-sponsored foreign candidates who have been offered a spot to enroll in one of our Global Development Institute master’s courses through the Global Development Institute AND are citizens or have their primary residence in one of the following nations are eligible: Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Egpyt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru.
  • The master’s program’s wide academic and cultural character, as well as your aptitude to contribute to and enhance all elements of it, are taken into consideration when making decisions.

Application Process

There is no bursary application procedure; if you qualify, you will be taken into consideration right away. By the end of June 2023, the selected applicants will be notified. If your application for the bursary has been accepted, the institution will get in touch with you.

The application deadline for the scholarship is June 30, 2023.

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