University of Manchester – Equity and Merit Scholarships for international master’s students (Information for Rwandan students)

Equity and Merit Scholarships for international master’s students
Equity and Merit Scholarship students from Rwanda

Equity and Merit Scholarships assist talented but economically disadvantaged students from some of the world’s poorest countries.

Types of scholarship:

  • Full-time, on-campus master’s (one year duration)
  • Part-time distance learning master’s (three to five years’ duration)

There are 30 scholarships (20 for full-time study and 10 for part-time study) available to students from Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda 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.


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

Full list of courses for which scholarships are available >>

Information for Rwandan students


These 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 (training of six months or less does not count);
  • 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

We accept the following English language tests:

You can take the IELTS or TOFEL test in Rwanda. To find your nearest test centre visit IELTS or TOFEL. If you don’t have an IELTS or TOFEL score then you can still apply for the scholarship but you must take the test if you’re shortlisted for interview.

Each master’s programme on the scholarship list has its own requirements in terms of English test scores. Please refer to the course profiles for more details. In most cases you will need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with no sub-test less than 5.5) or TOEFL 90 to be awarded a scholarship.

We don’t grant any exemptions to these language requirements to applicants who have studied in English and we don’t accept a certificate of English language proficiency from a Rwandan university.

How to apply

We open for applications for entry in September 2021 on 1 August 2020.

Apply online

The deadline to apply is 31 August 2020. Please note we do not accept applications via email.

To apply you will need:

  • Degree certificates and transcripts, showing subjects taken and grades achieved.
  • An IELTS or TOFEL test result (if you already have it).
  • Two up-to-date signed references. References must be on letter headed paper and addressed to ‘Equity and Merit Scholarships at The University of Manchester’. They don’t need to be sent confidentially and there is no fixed format.

It is not necessary to have an academic offer of admission to apply for the scholarship. Please do not apply separately for academic admission.

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