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The Julius Nyerere Masters Scholarship
Scholarship Name The Julius Nyerere Masters Scholarship
Scholarship amount £10,000
Nationality Any
Scholarship Deadline 2 April 2018

The Julius Nyerere Scholarship was set up in 2009 in memory of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere who led Tanganyika to independence in 1961 and became the first prime minister and later president of Tanzania. Nyerere received a scholarship in 1949 to attend the University of Edinburgh where he obtained a Masters of Arts degree that saw him study courses in English, Political Economy, Social Anthropology, British History, Economic History, Constitutional Law, and Moral Philosophy.


The Julius Nyerere Masters Scholarship will cover tuition fees, living costs of £10,000, and a return flight from Tanzania to the UK.

The scholarship is tenable for one academic year. In addition to their studies, the successful applicant will be expected to participate in Swahili language conversation tutorials. This will amount to no more than 20 hours for each scholar per semester.


The scholarship will be awarded to a Tanzanian citizen who is normally resident in Tanzania, and who is accepted for admission on a full-time basis for a postgraduate one year Masters programme of study at the University of Edinburgh. Applicants who already hold a degree from outside Tanzania will not be considered.

Applicants should already have been offered a place at the University of Edinburgh and should have firmly accepted that offer or be intending to do so.


The scholarship is awarded broadly on the basis of academic merit, with candidates requiring a Bachelors degree equivalent to a UK First Class Honours ('First') or Upper Division/Upper Second Class Honours ('2:1') degree.

The Julius Nyerere Masters Scholarship is highly competitive and only the best candidates are considered. Prospective applicants should note that, to date, in almost all cases successful candidates for the Scholarships have held a First Class Honours degree. Applicants with a 2:1 Honours degree will be considered if they can show a very strong track record of work experience relevant to their prospective degree.


Please note: As part of the personal statement section of the scholarship application applicants will be asked to answer the following question:  ‘If Julius Nyerere was a student at the University of Edinburgh in 2018 and had a Twitter account, what would he tweet, and who would he follow? ’

Eligible applicants should complete an online scholarship application

The scholarship deadline is  23.59 BST 2nd April 2018.

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