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AIG Scholarships to Study at University of Oxford

AIG Scholarships are targeted at graduates between the ages of 25 and 45 with strong intellectual capability, outstanding academic achievements, leadership skills and a passion to contribute to the development of Africa’s public sector.


Scholarship Sponsor(s): Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG).

Scholarship to be taken at: University of Oxford.

Scholarship Type: Fully Funded Scholarship

Scholarship Worth: covers full tuition fees, accommodation and living expenses

Number of Awards: Several

Study Level: Masters degree level.

Nationality: West African States (e.g. Nigeria and Ghana)

Application DeadlineSeptember 15th, 2024.

AIG Scholarship Program 2024/2025 | APPLICATION DETAILS

In pursuit of our mission to drive transformation within the Public Sector, the Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) is delighted to announce the continuation of our annual scholarship program for the next five years, starting from 2017. We will be offering five prestigious grants to outstanding West African students from diverse backgrounds, who are passionate about contributing to the public sector. The scholarship provides an opportunity to pursue a Master of Public Policy at the renowned Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. Following their studies, AIG Scholars are expected to leverage their knowledge as change specialists, driving progress within their respective nation’s public sector.

The AIG Scholarship program is specifically designed for young graduate students aged between 25 and 35, who possess exceptional academic abilities, a strong academic record, demonstrated leadership skills, and a deep commitment to advancing Africa’s public sector.

Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible and considered for the AIG Scholarship program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Nigerian citizenship and current employment in the public sector (Ministries, Departments, Agencies & Parastatals) at either Federal or State levels.
  2. Age between 25 and 45 years.
  3. A minimum of seven (7) years of combined work experience in the private and public sectors.
  4. A bachelor’s degree with a minimum of a second-class upper qualification.

All applications must be submitted in English.

Important notes:

  • Academic distinction and leadership potential are key priorities for selection.
  • In the case of candidates with second-class upper qualifications, a Master’s, second degree or relevant professional qualification will be an advantage.
  • Only applicants shortlisted for the next stage of the selection process will be contacted and any inquiries regarding individual application status are strictly prohibited.
  • Applications sent via post or in person are NOT acceptable.
  • Candidates who emerge as finalists in the Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) selection process will be expected to apply directly to the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, for admissions. Finalists who are offered admission to the Master of Public Policy will be considered by the School in the final selection of AIG Scholars.

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