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University of Edinburgh Catto PhD Scholarship for African Doctoral Students

Application Deadline: May 1, 2017

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

Applications are currently being invited for the 2017/2018 University of Edinburgh Catto PhD Scholarship for African Doctoral Students. See details below.

2017 Catto PhD Scholarships for Sub-Saharan African Students in UK

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.

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.

Application Deadline

1st May, 2017

Eligible Countries

African countries

Host Institution/Country

Centre of African StudiesUniversity of Edinburgh, Scotland

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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 Criteria

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.

Scholarship Benefits

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:

  • an exhaustive explanation of the proposed research project;
  • a demonstration of the candidate’s additional leadership potential;
  • how the candidate intends to maximise the impact and benefits of their doctoral research project in their country of origin.


All applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of May 2017.

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