Deadline: March 31, 2018
About the Scholarship:
Since 1988 we have supported over 1,000 students through our scholarships, around 600 students at postgraduate level and over 400 on undergraduate courses. In partnership with universities and various donors we provide scholarship opportunities to conflict affected students from Eastern and Central Africa at universities and colleges in the UK and Sudan.
We carefully select candidates of particular merit taking in to account not only academic ability but financial need, social disadvantage and those who have the potential and willingness to put their skills to use for the positive development of their communities.
We aim to enhance the knowledge, professional skills and capacity of refugees and others affected by conflict in South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya, to be effective leaders and contribute to development in the communities in which they work in Africa. Many of those that we have supported are working in the public or private sectors, including international and national Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) as managers or practitioners in a wide range of sectors such as health, education, engineering, computing, communications, architecture and agriculture.
UK Postgraduate Scholarship Opportunities for Residents of Uganda will open on 15th February, 2018. Please read the information below but DO NOT APPLY for a scholarship until your relevant country advertisement appears on this page, or on the page of one our partner offices.
Applications are now closed for opportunities for postgraduate scholarships in the UK for residents of Kenya
If you meet our basic criteria to be considered please click here to be taken to an online application form when applications are open. Once you have started the application process you will have the opportunity to save a draft of your application form and log back in to make changes and upload supporting documents before you submit the form.
Opportunities for Sudanese residents will open later in 2018 or in early 2019. Please read the information below but DO NOT APPLY for a scholarship until your relevant country advertisement appears on this page, or on the page of one our partner offices.
For more general information about the Windle Trust International UK Scholarship Programme please see below.
For important information regarding WTI’s Anti Fraud and Corruption Policy, please see the document below. For Commonwealth Scholarship Applicants resident in Uganda or Kenya, please additionally refer to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Anti-Fraud Policy and Procedure below.
Overview of Selection Process
Below is an overview of the selection and placement process:
- Scholarships are promoted and advertised through our offices in South Sudan and Sudan, and our affiliated Windle Trusts in Uganda and Kenya. See our current criteriabelow.
- Applications are checked and assessed against basic Selection Criteria in the country of application.
- Applications and supporting documents of candidates meeting the basic criteria are considered for interview shortlisting by in-country selection committees.
- Candidates are interviewed. Those short-listed for interview are advised to start arranging the process of taking the English language test (IELTS) and score at least 6.5 and not less than 6.0 in all components, as this is a usual admission requirement of UK Universities.
- Interview reports, together with the application forms and supporting documents, are assessed by a final selection committee to decide which candidates should be placed on the “priority list” of selected students for placement on scholarships in the UK.
- Once a candidate is selected and on the Priority List, UK programme staff work intensively with the candidate and the universities to seek the most appropriate course of study. The priority list is a pool of potential candidates for placement and has more candidates than places available in any one year (Usually, over 80 selected applicants). Candidates who cannot be placed in available scholarship schemes, for one reason or another, remain on the priority list for a maximum of 3 years.
- Confirmation of the scholarship is given as early as possible, in order to give the candidate time to apply for a visa and prepare for travel to the UK.
- We are keen to encourage applications from women and individuals from other particularly disadvantaged groups. This includes those who are resident in the refugee camps and settlements, those who have lost close family members to war or conflict, as well as those who are particularly vulnerable such as people with disabilities and those who have themselves been victims of violence.
- Eligible applicants are welcomed from all religious backgrounds and ethnic groups.
- A scholarship, in most cases, will cover full tuition fees, maintenance stipends, visa cost and return airfares. To find out more about the programme and support provided go to our postgraduate scholarship page.
- There is no application fee.
- Submitting an Application Form does not in any way guarantee you an offer of a scholarship award.
- Competition for scholarships is high.
We work in partnership with a number of Universities and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission to offer around 20 scholarships annually.
It is not a requirement that you must apply for admission from our partner universities before submitting an application to us.
For the 2018/19 academic year successfully selected applicants will usually be expected to obtain unconditional admission to an eligible one-year, full-time, taught master’s degree course at partner institutions by 31 March 2018. For some examples of potential scholarships for 2018-19 see the advertisement below.
- Considering applications takes time so please be patient while waiting for a final outcome and whether or not your application has been successful.
When considering candidates:
- Priority is given to applicants of particular merit taking into account academic ability, need, development impact, leadership potential and personal qualities.
Preference is given to subjects that offer a high probability of future employment in the countries that we select candidates from and are of direct value to development.