Scholarships and funding


For entry in September 2019, fees range from £8,500 to £9,500 for Home UK/EU, Channel and Isle of Man students; and approx £16,750 for overseas students. See our individual MA degree web pages for full details.

IDS and Sussex scholarships

We want to ensure that the most able students have the opportunity to study at IDS and go on to effect global change.

We are delighted to offer a number of full-time scholarship places on our international development masters degrees. These include:

IDS Graduate Scholarship (2019)
Up to six IDS Graduate Scholarships are available to encourage high achieving scholars from the Global South to study for a master’s degree commencing in 2019. These scholarships have been jointly endowed by the Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust, the Albertina Scholarship Fund, and the estate of Sir Hans Singer. The scholarships are available to international students from lower- or middle-income countries who have accepted a full-time place on an IDS master’s degree. Priority will be given to students who have the greatest potential to make a difference in their home countries after completing the degree. Find out more

Mandela Scholarship Fund (2019)
Mandela Scholarships are open to Southern African students or those from countries within the SADAC region of Africa from communities that have been disadvantaged through apartheid. They are aimed particularly at those who wish to study a development-related discipline, or to take a course that is unavailable in their own country. With generous continuing support from the University of Sussex, the Canon Collins Trust and the wider public, the Mandela Scholarship Fund now awards up to three scholarships annually for study on IDS and University of Sussex masters degrees. Find out more

Said Foundation Scholarship (2019)
Two scholarships are available for Masters students from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. One is available to a student at IDS and one for a student in any other University of Sussex department. Find out more

South-East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Scholarship (2019)
You may be eligible for a SeNSS scholarship (funded by the Economic Social Research Council) if you’re taking one of 12 pathways in Social Sciences. Studentships are available in these pathways either for a 1+3 PhD (one year Masters and three year PhD degree) or +3 PhD (three year PhD degree), and can be held on a full-time or part-time basis. Find out more

PASTRES Scholarship (2019)
As part of an Advanced Grant European Research Council award, led by Professor Ian Scoones, three full-time PhD scholarships are available to students starting in February 2019. Find out more

For more details of IDS and Sussex scholarships see the University of Sussex website for funding advice where you can also search the University of Sussex’s database of scolarships.

National postgraduate loans

Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or are an EU national studying for a Masters course. If you are a UK national considering a PhD, you may be eligible for a loan of up to £25,000. Find out more

Alternative funding sources

Many philanthropic foundations, charities and trusts provide alternative funding for postgraduate study. The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online provides a wealth of information about alternative sources of funding – especially charities – which can make awards to any student regardless of subject or nationality.

The Guide includes an extensive database of funding opportunities, comprehensive guidance written by successful applicants, and tools to help you prepare a winning grant application.

The Guide is password protected. If you are a prospective postgraduate student who has applied to IDS via the University of Sussex, use the following authentication PIN to register for the Guide: 6789. Register for the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online.

Many IDS students have successfully secured alternative funding from alternative sources including some of the following: