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Scholarships for All African Students by Allan and Nesta Ferguson

Thanks to the generosity of the Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable trust, four Allan and Nesta Ferguson Scholarships have been established for African Students (African nationals and residents in Africa), who wish to undertake a taught master’s course at SOAS.

Each Allan and Nesta Ferguson Scholarship has a total value of £25,000 which will be put towards tuition fees. If tuition fees are less than this amount the remainder will be paid out as a stipend.

The Ferguson scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Students offered an Allan and Nesta Ferguson Scholarship must take it up in the academic year 2022/23 and it cannot be carried forward to a later year.

Eligible programmes

Full-time MA in African Studies
Full-time MA in International Studies and Diplomacy

Candidate criteria

Applicants should:

  • Be nationals of and resident in an African country.
  • Hold an undergraduate degree at the first-class level.
  • New scholarship applicants must have applied to SOAS but are not required to have received an offer of admissions by the scholarship deadline. An offer will need to have been received by the time the relevant panel meets to discuss scholarship applications.
  • Applicants must meet the English language condition of their offer of admission to study at SOAS as soon as possible but no later than 1 June 2022. If your offer is conditional on English, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirement as soon as possible.
  • Please note that most scholarships do not cover funding or even allow for Pre-sessionals. Please check the wording of your scholarship offer carefully to see if you are eligible for a Pre-sessional course or whether you need to achieve SOAS direct entry scores by the deadline specified in your scholarship terms and conditions.

Candidate assessment

  • Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by an Advisory Panel consisting of three academic members.
  • The assessment of your application will be based on the information in your scholarship application. Selectors will be looking at the degree results and also at academic references, statements, and other relevant information.

Scholarship application deadline

Scholarship applications must be received no later than 23:59 (UK local time) on 2 May 2022.
You must also submit a complete online application to your program. It is recommended to apply for the program about six weeks BEFORE the scholarship deadline (that is, by 15 March 2022) to ensure you have an offer at the time of shortlisting. Please note that complete applications for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year. You should be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods.
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Number of applications normally received

150+ applications

Notification of results

Successful candidates will be notified by the end of July 2022. If you have not heard from us by end-July, you should assume that your application was unsuccessful.

Scholarship application procedures
You must follow two steps:

STEP 1: Apply for your program.
You must submit a complete online application for admission.

STEP 2: Apply for the scholarship by 23:59 (UK local time) on 2 May 2022.
You must apply for this scholarship via the online application form.

For enquiries, please:

Email: scholarships@soas.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7074 5106

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