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GDI student funding opportunities

The Global Development Institute (GDI) is a top destination for postgraduate students and offers an array of funding opportunities, including strategic use of our own resources.

GDI scholarships for UK/EU* applicants

The Global Development Institute is pleased to announce the availability of five scholarships for UK/EU applicants, providing full tuition fee waivers for on-campus Masters programmes commencing in September 2016.

Eligibility for the scholarships is as follows:

  1. Applicants must already hold an unconditional offer for an eligible Masters programme (please check the box below for information on scholarships available for your Master’s programme).
  2. Applicants must hold a First Class honours first degree or equivalent, and an overall score of 6.5 in IELTS (or similar exam), with 6.5 in writing and no other subsections below 6.0 (except applicants from the UK and Ireland)

How to apply

  • Applicants should email a 500-word statement detailing how they will apply their learning to develop a credible career track into development leadership.
  • Please send your statement to the relevant email address below by clicking on the scholarship name. Please ensure you include your ID number and name of scholarship you are applying for in the subject line.

The closing date for applications for September 2016 will be 1 July 2016, but earlier application is advisable.

Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application within four weeks of the deadline.

Scholarship details

Scholarship name

Number of

Available on the following programmes

Development Economics and Public Policy scholarships



MSc Development Economics and Policy

MSc International Development: Public Policy and Management

International Development scholarships



MSc International Development, including the following pathways:

  • Development Management
  • Environment, Climate Change and Development
  • Globalisation, Trade and Industry
  • Politics, Governance and Development Policy
  • Poverty, Inequality and Development
  • Poverty, Conflict and Reconstruction

Management and Development scholarships




MSc ICTs for Development

MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development

MSc Human Resources Management (International development)


*You are eligible to apply for these scholarships if your offer letter confirms your tuition fee status as ‘Home/EU’, even if you do not hold a UK or EU passport.

GDI scholarships for overseas applicants

Development Leadership Scholarships for US and Canadian Nationals

The deadline for these scholarships for entry in 2016 has now passed. Information about scholarships for entry in September 2017 will be published here in early 2017.

Equity and Merit scholarships for study by distance learning

The deadline for applications for this scholarship programme has now passed. More information about the scholarships for entry in January 2017 will be available on this webpage from August 2016.