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Scholarship Campaign

Can you help support the development of talented future leaders, to help the world respond to the global challenges we face?

Studying at IDS with inspirational peers from around the world helps equip our graduates with the tools to make a difference in their home countries.

However, the opportunity to study with IDS is not a reality for many. Our Graduate Scholarships open the door for talented individuals from low or lower-middle-income countries, who are committed to bringing about positive social change. Help make this become a reality:

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“The knowledge and experience gained at IDS helped me foster collaboration to help vulnerable girls and women in Sierra Leone.”
O’bai Conteh, recipient of an IDS Graduate Scholarship in 2018

Since 2015 supporters like you have helped 22 students to study with us. Our Scholarship Campaign aims to raise the additional funds needed to support another 10 IDS Graduate Scholarships.

Seers-Singer-Jolly Fund

The Scholarship Campaign has been generously supported by donations from three leaders in international development: Dudley Seers, Sir Hans Singer and Sir Richard Jolly.

Dudley Seers was the founding Director of IDS, Sir Hans Singer was a development economist renowned for his work on trade and developing countries, whilst Sir Richard Jolly was the second Director of IDS and continues to contribute to the Institute.

Thanks to the support of the Seers-Singer-Jolly Fund, we are already 60% of the way towards our target – but we need your help to achieve our goal.

More on the Seers-Singer-Jolly Fund

Get involved in other ways

There are a number of ways you can support the campaign:

  • Spread the word on social media
  • Invite someone to attend the next Future Leadership Lecture and fundraiser for the campaign in March 2022
  • Make a donation — small amounts add up and could enable someone to come and study at IDS.

If you are a former student, you know how life-changing studying with us can be.

Every gift to the Scholarship campaign matters, and any donation you can give will provide scholars with future opportunities by helping them study at IDS.

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