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Africa Initiative for Governance, AIG Scholarships at University of Oxford

Application Deadline: 14th September, 2018

Applications are currently ongoing for the Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) Masters Scholarships for African Students at University of Oxford. Interested students should see the details below.

Deadline: 2017 Africa Initiative for Governance AIG Scholarships for Study in University of Oxford, UK

AIG Masters Scholarship Details and FAQs

Every year, Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) will fund five scholarships for outstanding individuals from Nigeria and Ghana to pursue the Master of Public Policy degree at the Blavatnik School of Government (BSG), University of Oxford. AIG Scholars will be expected, upon graduation, to return to their home country and apply their learning experience as change agents in their country’s public sector.

The Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) Scholarships Programme is targeted at graduates between the ages of 25 and 35, some of whom may have work experience. The scholars will be exceptionally intelligent graduates who have excelled academically as well as in other areas of their lives.

When is the application deadline?

14th September, 2018

Is the scholarship/opportunity offered annually?


Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

Nigeria and Ghana

In which host country will the awardees be studying?

Blavatnik School of Government (BSG), University of Oxford, UK

What is the field of study?

Master of Public Policy

What is the category of this opportunity?


How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

  • Citizen of Nigeria or Ghana
  • Age between 25 and 35 years
  • Achieved an academic standing sufficiently advanced to ensure admission to the University of Oxford and the MPP programme. This means a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in any discipline. For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.7 out of 4.0
  • Strong commitment to public service and a willingness to commit to working for a fixed number of years in your country’s public sector
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities and resultant impact
  • Impeccable moral character

What are the selection criteria?

  • Academic and analytical excellence
  • Strong commitment to public service
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities and resultant impact
  • Impeccable moral character

How many scholarship awards are available?


What are the benefits of the award?

The AIG Scholarships are full scholarships covering fees, accommodation and living expenses.

What is the duration of the program?

1 year

How to Apply for the AIG Masters Scholarship

Only applicants shortlisted for the next stage of the selection process will be contacted and any inquiries regarding individual application status are strictly prohibited. Applications sent via post or in person are also NOT acceptable.

  • An AIG Scholarship is confirmed when a successful candidate has been offered a place by BSG for the MPP programme
  • Only applicants selected for the second round of the AIG Scholarships selection process will be notified, and asked to provide further information
  • Scholarship winners must be prepared to undertake to return to their country of origin and work in the public sector of that country for a minimum period of three years, and be willing to sign a Bond to that effect.

New applicants should click on “Start Application” and provide their basic information.

Application Portal

Applicants who reach the second stage of selection will be required to furnish the following additional information in the Program Webpage (See Link below)

Programme Webpage

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  • Emmanuel Christian Nnamdi

    Good evening sir. I have long for this opportunity, thank God, here am i. Thank you nigerian scholars God's blessings.

  • C. O Utomi

    Sir I have done the first step of the AIG Scholarship application process.
    What is the second step and when?
    What preparation do I did to make?
    Thank you.

    1. Good evening C. O Utomi,
      There are criteria for your selection for the next level. The selection is based on merit with the following criteria:

      Academic and analytical excellence
      Strong commitment to public service
      Exceptional leadership qualities
      Impeccable moral character

      Once you are shortlisted for the second round, you will get to know what you need to do.
      Thank you.