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Apply: David & Elaine Potter Scholarships to Study at University of Cambridge



 This scholarship is available to students from any African country, who apply to take either the MPhil in International Relations & Politics, or a PhD in the field of governance or human rights.

Application Deadline: 7th December, 2016

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: African countries

To be taken at (country): UK

Eligible Fields of Study: MPhil in International Relations & Politics, PhD in any field of governance or human rights.

About the Award: The David and Elaine Potter Foundation is a charitable family foundation established in 1999 to encourage a stronger, fairer civil society.

It supports the ideals of a rational and humane world, and seeks to achieve an impact through grants that promote reason, education, and human rights, in the hope of improving mutual understanding, reinforcing good governance, and encouraging the growth and maintenance of a robust civil society, particularly in less developed countries.

The David and Elaine Potter Foundation has been involved with the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) since a £2 million benefaction in 2008 led to the establishment of the David and Elaine Potter Lectureship in Governance and Human Rights. The Foundation and the University agreed that the Lecturer should focus particularly on Africa and serve as the Director of a new interdisciplinary Centre.

Since 2015-16 the Foundation has also co-funded, with the Cambridge Trust, scholarships for three African students in POLIS. The funds support one PhD student whose research is focused on governance and human rights, and two students taking the MPhil in International Relations and Politics.

Current African scholars in Cambridge

Type: Masters and PhD


  • significant academic achievement and potential
  • financial need (although some scholarship programmes are based on academic merit alone)

Number of Awardees: 3. one PhD, two MPhil students

Value of Scholarship: 

  • University tuition fee
  • Annual stipend (sufficient for a single person)
  • Contribution towards travel expenses

Duration of Scholarship: Complete duration of course

How to Apply: No separate application is required for this scholarship. Applicants are required to complete the funding section of the graduate application form via the Applicant Portal when they are applying for their studies.

Apply using the Applicant Portal

It is important to go through the Application Guide before applying.

Visit Scholarship Webpage for details

Award Provider: Cambridge Trust, The David and Elaine Potter Foundation.

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