Development Studies Scholarships and Funding

IDS Graduate Scholarship (APPLICATIONS CLOSED)

****Please note that applications for 2023 have now closed. This page will be updated when they reopen*****

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is delighted to offer at least one IDS graduate scholarship to encourage high achieving scholars from the Global South to study for a master’s degree commencing in 2023.

IDS Graduate Scholarships are supported by a number of generous funders including IDS Alumni, the Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust, the Dr Purna Chander Kotagiri Fund and the Albertina Fund.

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.

Type of award

Taught full-time master’s degree plus essential living costs

Award amount

Up to £18,975 for fees and up to £12,000 for essential living costs


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 our list of IDS master’s courses) by 15 May 2023 (it is possible to apply for the scholarship before receiving an offer of a placebefore receiving an offer of a place but you will not be considered unless you have applied for a course before this deadline).

It is not possible to defer an award made in one academic year to a later academic year if a student is unable to take up the original place.

Application procedure

Applications for the scholarship award should be submitted via our online IDS Scholarship Application Form.

In fairness to other applicants, we are unable to consider applications from candidates who have not already secured sufficient funds to meet the remaining tuition and living expenses at the time of application (after taking account of the possible award of this Scholarship) and you must provide evidence of how you will fund your expenses.

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The closing date for receipt of scholarship applications is 15 May 2023.

Your application will be reviewed and successful candidates may be called for an interview (by phone, Zoom or Microsoft Teams). Once an award has been approved, the candidate will be notified in writing by 31 July 2023.  Please note that you should not make irreversible plans to leave for the UK until you have received a formal offer letter for the scholarship.

Application deadline

The deadline to submit your scholarship application is 5pm UK time, 15 May 2023 and you must have applied for an IDS Master’s by this deadline to be considered.

Contact details

If you have any questions regarding the scheme please email: [email protected]


Available to:
International (low or lower-middle income countries)

At level(s):
PG (taught)

Application deadline:
15 May 2023