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Equity and Merit Scholarship students from Rwanda

Equity and Merit Scholarships assist talented but economically disadvantaged students from some of the world’s poorest countries.

Types of scholarship:

  • Full-time, on-campus master’s (one year duration)
  • Part-time distance learning master’s (three to five years’ duration)

There are 28 scholarships (18 for full-time study and 10 for part-time study) available to students from Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Tanzania. The scholarships cover full tuition fees, and for students who will be studying in Manchester, the award includes return international air fares, living expenses and visas.

Subjects

Scholarships are only available for specific courses in development, engineering, environment, medical and health sciences, and law.

Information for Rwandan students

Eligibility

These master’s scholarships are aimed at talented applicants, especially from disadvantaged backgrounds. To apply for a scholarship, you must:

  • have at least two years’ relevant post-graduation work experience (this does not include unpaid internships or voluntary work);
  • hold a first or upper second class (or the equivalent) undergraduate degree;
  • be a resident citizen of Rwanda and have not previously studied outside Africa (training of six months or less does not count);
  • be committed to returning home and able to demonstrate the potential to make a positive impact on the future of Rwanda;
  • have a clear idea how studying in Manchester will benefit both your career and the wider community.

English language requirements

An IELTS certificate is not required at the time of application. If you are shortlisted for the scholarship, you will be asked to take the IELTS test. English language requirements vary by course, but in most cases you will  need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with no sub-test less than 5.5) or TOEFL 570 (90 IBT) to go through to the final selection round.

We do not accept a Certificate of English Proficiency from a Rwandan university instead of the IELTS test. You can take the IELTS AND TOEFL tests in Kigali. Contact the  British Council  or  TOEFL test centre for details.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted online via SmartSurvey.

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Applications for September 2020 entry will close on 31 August 2019. Please note we do not accept applications via email.

To apply you will need:

  • Degree certificates and transcripts, showing subjects taken and grades achieved. (Temporary copies or certificates of graduation will suffice for this application)
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if you already have it), you will need one of the following as a minimum: IELTS score of 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in writing) or TOEFL: score of 90 (with no sub-test below 22)
  • An English Language certificate is not required at the time of application. If you are shortlisted for the scholarship, you will be asked to take the IELTS or TOEFL test.
  • Two up to date signed references. References must be on letter headed paper and addressed to ‘Equity and Merit Scholarships at The University of Manchester’. They do not need to be sent confidentially and there is no fixed format.

Note that there is a clear separation between the process of awarding the scholarships and our admissions procedure. Scholarships are awarded entirely on merit. It is not necessary to have an academic offer of admission to apply for the scholarship. There is no advantage or disadvantage in having an academic offer. If you are selected for the scholarship you will be automatically admitted for the course of your choice.

Full list of courses for which scholarships are available

For more information,please visit https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/funding/international/equity-merit-scholarships/

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