Postgraduate Funding

Arts and Humanities Research Council

The Economic and Social Research Council

The Leverhulme Trust

British Library
The British Library has recently been successful in its application to AHRC for funding for six doctoral studentships.We are now inviting bids from HEIs for these collaborative doctoral awards, one of which is based around the BL’s West African manuscripts (and will also include one or more related subject areas). Out of these nine, six will be selected to take forward.For more details see

Cambridge University MPhil and Phd Scholarships

MPhil and PhD scholarships for students from African countries to study either International Studies and Politics at the University of Cambridge.

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom supports around 700 scholarships and fellowships for Commonwealth citizens annually. Awards are funded by the Department for International Development in conjunction with UK universities.

Students from countries in Africa, Asia and other parts of the world where the Ford Foundation maintains a presence (IFP countries) can apply to the Ford Foundation’s International Fellowship Programme.

The Gates Cambridge Trust intends to offer a substantial number of awards annually, which will cover the costs of studying at Cambridge with a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.
Canon Collins Trust runs postgraduate scholarships programmes for southern Africa’s future leaders. In the past thirty years they have supported more than 3000 outstanding individuals to further their study in a wide variety of fields, including science, economics, law, public health, engineering, human rights, and education.