IDS Graduate Scholarship 2021

Deadline: 30 April 2021
Open to: applicants who are nationals of and currently living in a low or lower-middle income country
Benefits: taught full-time master’s degree plus essential living costs


The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is delighted to offer at least one scholarship to encourage high achieving scholars from the Global South to study for a master’s degree commencing in 2021.

These scholarships are available to international students from low- or lower-middle-income countries who have accepted a full-time place on an IDS master’s degree. Preference for one scholarship will be given to female students from Africa or Asia. Priority for all scholarships will be given to those who have the greatest potential to make a difference in their home countries after completing the degree.


The scholarship is only open to applicants who are nationals of and currently living in a low or lower-middle income country. For details please refer to the World Bank’s country list.

  • Must have proven academic skills and an established career with a track record of excellence and achievement in the field of development
  • Must be able to demonstrate, through your previous experience and future plans, that you are committed to working for development – be it educational, economic, social or cultural – in your home country
  • Must not have studied nor worked in a high-income (developed) country
  • Must meet all of IDS and the University of Sussex’s general entrance requirements.
  • Must have received an unconditional offer on a full-time taught IDS master’s degree (see the list of IDS master’s courses) by 30 April 2021 (it is possible to apply for the scholarship before receiving an offer of a place).


  • Type of award: Taught full-time master’s degree plus essential living costs
  • Award amount: Up to £18,500 for fees and up to £11,000 for essential living costs


Applications for the scholarship award should be submitted via the online IDS Scholarship Application Form.
For more information, please visit the official website.