UPDATED !!!!! University of Manchester master’s scholarships for Rwandan students in UK (Deadline: September 9,2018)


  • 54 from Rwanda
  • 26 from Uganda,
  • 35 from Tanzania,
  • 113 from Ethiopia

15% : women , 85% men


Formed in 2004 by the merger of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and the Victoria University of Manchester,The University of Manchester is a public research university in Manchester, England. With almost 40,000 students, it boasts the largest student community in the UK. It offers more than 1,000 degree courses!

There are 27 scholarships (17 for full-time study and 10 for part-time study) available to students from Rwanda, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania. The scholarships cover full tuition fees, and for students who will be studying in Manchester, the award includes return international air fares, living expenses and visas.

The University of Manchester offers up to four scholarships (Equity and Merit Scholarships) for selected master’s courses to applicants from Rwanda every year.

the University of Manchester scholarships
Equity and Merit Scholarship students from Rwanda( Photo: www.manchester.ac.rw)

Fields of study

Scholarships are only available for specific courses in engineering, environment, medical and health sciences, and law.

Full list of masters courses for which scholarships are available

Eligibility requirements

The University of Manchester master’s scholarships are aimed at talented applicants, especially from disadvantaged backgrounds.

To apply for a scholarship, you must:

  • have at least two years’ relevant post-graduation work experience (this does not include unpaid internships or voluntary work);
  • hold a first or upper second class (or the equivalent) undergraduate degree;
  • be a resident citizen of Rwanda and have not previously studied outside Africa;
  • be committed to returning home and able to demonstrate the potential to make a positive impact on the future of Rwanda;
  • have a clear idea how studying in Manchester will benefit both your career and the wider community.

English language requirements

An IELTS certificate is not required at the time of application. If you are shortlisted for the scholarship, you will be asked to take the IELTS test. English language requirements vary by course, but in most cases you will  need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with no sub-test less than 5.5) or TOEFL 570 (90 IBT) to go through to the final selection round.

Note:Certificates of English Proficiency from a Rwandan university are not accepted. You can take the IELTS AND TOEFL tests in Kigali.

Everything you need to know about IELTS and available test dates in 2018

Application process

Applications for entry in September 2019 are open on 1 August 2018 and the deadline to apply is 9 September 2018 at 5pm GMT.

Note that there is a clear separation between the process of awarding the scholarships and admissions procedure. Scholarships are awarded entirely on merit. It is not necessary to have an academic offer of admission to apply for the scholarship. There is no advantage or disadvantage in having an academic offer. If you are selected for the scholarship you will be automatically admitted for the course of your choice.


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For more information,please visit https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/funding/international/equity-merit-scholarships/rwanda-masters/

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Please email equityandmerit@manchester.ac.uk with any enquiries.

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