Catto PhD Scholarship for African Doctoral Students 2017/2018 – University of Edinburgh

Thanks to the generous support of the Stephen Gordon Catto Charitable Trust, the Centre of African Studies will offer a fully-funded scholarship to an outstanding African applicant starting the doctoral programme in African Studies in September 2017.

Application Deadline: 1st May, 2017

Eligible Countries: African country

To be taken at (country): Centre of African StudiesUniversity of Edinburgh, Scotland

About the Award: The successful applicant will be part of the vibrant postgraduate community at the Centre of African Studies in the School of Social and Political Science. S/he will be supervised by two University of Edinburgh academics in the relative field of interest.

Type: Doctorate

Eligibility: 

  • Applicants must reside in a country in Sub-Saharan Africa and be studying full-time towards a PhD in African Studies.
  • At the time of the scholarship deadline, applicants must have already received an offer (conditional or unconditional) onto the PhD in African Studies programme (please note this is a separate application).

Selection: Applicants must be able to demonstrate exceptional academic skills and achievements. Preference will be given to those proposing a doctoral research project in conflict resolution, elections, peace-building and/or governance in African contexts, although other topics in the field of politics and international development may be considered.

Number of Awardees: 1

Value of Scholarship: The scholarship will cover tuition fees, two return flights from the applicant’s home country, and a monthly stipend (£1,200 a month) and is tenable for 3 years.

How to Apply: Applicants will need to e-mail an updated CV and a cover letter to the Postgraduate Adviser for the PhD in African Studies: Thomas.Molony@ed.ac.uk

Please add ‘Catto PhD scholarship application’ to the subject line, and ensure the e-mail is sent by 1st May 2017.

The cover letter should be no longer than two pages, and should provide:

i) an exhaustive explanation of the proposed research project;

ii) a demonstration of the candidate’s additional leadership potential;

iii) how the candidate intends to maximise the impact and benefits of their doctoral research project in their country of origin.

Visit Scholarship Webpage for details

Award Provider: Centre of African StudiesUniversity of Edinburgh

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