Africa Initiative For Governance Masters Scholarships For African Students 2024/25

The AIG Scholarships were introduced in 2017 to give exceptional West Africans interested in a career in public service the chance to pursue a Master of Public Policy at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government. Since 2017, 29 prospective public sector executives who have shown a passion for the field have received scholarships worth over £50,000 apiece.

AIG Scholars spend a year at one of the finest universities in the world where they meet with other international students who are aspiring public sector leaders and learn from exceptional academic faculty and industry professionals. Scholars return to their home countries after earning their degrees and use what they have learned to strengthen policymaking, support reforms, and advance their nations’ development.

Type: Masters

Application Deadline: 15th September 2023

Eligible Countries: Nigeria and Ghana

Field of Study: Master of Public Policy

Number of Awards: 5

Value of Award: The AIG Scholarships are fully funded covering fees, accommodation, and living expenses, does not cover travel or visa expenses, however.

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Eligibility: Candidates must;

  • Be a Nigerian currently working in the public sector (Ministries, Departments, Agencies & Parastatals) at either Federal or State levels
  • be aged between 25 and 45 years
  • Have a minimum of seven (7) years (combined private & public sector) work experience
  • Have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of second-class upper qualification

Selection Criteria:

  • Academic and analytical excellence
  • Strong commitment to public service
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities and resultant impact
  • Impeccable moral character

Programme Details

  • Financial Support • Funding will be provided for tuition, living expenses, and a stipend for a summer project.
  • Coaching and Mentoring • Extensive coaching and mentoring will be offered to help scholars navigate their time at Oxford and make the most of the experience.
  • Career Development • AIG Scholars will receive full support to map out their career development paths and access opportunities that are aligned with their areas of interest and that leverage the knowledge gained at Oxford

Work Experience

AIG Scholars will embark on summer placements during which they will gain additional knowledge and experience of their areas of interest and build their global networks.

Duration of Program: 1 year

Schedule and Application:

  • Friday, 15 September 2023: Deadlines for applications to the AIG Scholarships
  • Saturday, 23 September 2023: Invitation for Computer-Based Tests
  • Thursday 5 – Thursday 12 October 2023: Essay Submissions
  • Wednesday 25 – Monday 30 October 2023: Video Interviews
  • December 2023: Final Selections
  • Friday 5 January 2024: Deadline for MPP Applications
  • May 2024: Pre-departure Orientation

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