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Windle Trust International Undergraduate & Postgraduate Scholarships – Apply now

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Windle Trust International Undergraduate & Postgraduate Scholarships - Apply now
Windle
Trust International awards Undergraduate and Postgraduate scholarships
to youths and refugees in Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda and Kenya and other
African countries to study in Africa or UK.  

For now, only applications from Postgraduate Ugandan students are open. Apply now.

Application Deadline: 31st March 2018

Eligible Countries: Applicants are from Africa preferably from the countries of East, Central or the Horn of Africa (For now, only applications from Postgraduate Ugandan students are open. Please check back for when applications for your country opens).

To be Taken: UK

Eligible Field of Study: Preference
is given to subjects that offer a high probability of future employment
and are of direct value to development. However, the trustees do not
exclude the support of students whose fields of study have a more
general application to Africa’s needs.

About the Award:
Windle Trust International is a registered UK charity located in the
University city of Oxford, with offices also in Sudan, and sister
organisations in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. The Trust’s work is funded
by a wide range of donors and supported by universities and colleges in
Britain and Africa. 
Windle Trust International
provides access to education and training for those affected by conflict
in Africa. The Trust equip talented young Africans to meet the
challenges of development in their own countries. The Trust’s activities
include sponsoring study in schools, universities and colleges in
Africa and in the United Kingdom, and intensive English programmes to
enable refugees and others caught up in Africa’s conflicts to access
training, employment and community leadership roles.

Eligibility: 

  1. Windle
    Trust is 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.
  2. Eligible applicants are welcomed from all religious backgrounds and ethnic groups..
  3. Competition for scholarships is high.
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Selection Criteria:
Overall:
Priority is given to applicants of particular merit taking into account
academic ability, need, development impact, leadership potential and
personal qualities.

Status: Applicants should be refugees, internally displaced or be otherwise affected by conflict.

Academic qualifications:
Applicants should have an excellent first degree, with a minimum grade
equivalent to a British upper second (2:1) undergraduate degree or
above. Please note the following requirements:

  1. For the
    purposes of eligibility applicants with degrees graded “First Class”,
    “Second Class, Upper Division”, “Distinction” or “Very Good” are
    considered to be the equivalent, with the exception of medical degrees
    that are not classified.
  2. Non-medical degrees that are ungraded
    or unclassified must have achieved a minimum GPA of 4.0 out of 5.0 or
    3.2 out of 4.0 to be considered.
  3. Degrees graded “Second Class Lower Division”, “Good”, “Third class” or “Pass” are not eligible.
  4. Candidates
    with degrees from Sudanese Institutions (other than medicine, dentistry
    and pharmacy) are required to have a BA/BSc honours degree.

Work experience:
Applicants for postgraduate sponsorship are required to have at least
two years of professional or volunteer experience relevant to the
subject they wish to study.

Age: Applicants for postgraduate study should be under forty years old.

Location of study:
Most of the postgraduate study opportunities available are in the UK.
Applicants are only considered if they can satisfy the trustees that
they are committed to returning to Africa after their studies.

Value of Award:

  1. Return airfare to and from the United Kingdom
  2. Pre-university
    orientation on arrival in Oxford on issues such as adapting to life in
    the UK and dealing with culture shock, managing finances, study methods
    and accessing health care in the UK as well as practical scholarship
    arrangements
  3. Fully paid/waived overseas student tuition fees
  4. Maintenance (upkeep) stipend for the entire period (12 months) of study
  5. Leadership training and coaching programme
  6. Themed
    Conference and Workshop in January and July respectively on issues
    relevant to students and the challenges they face on return such as CV
    writing, job searching and interview skills
  7. Visits and pastoral support during the course of the studies
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Duration of Scholarship: Priority is given to applicants for postgraduate programmes up to one year in length.

English Language Ability:
Due to requirements for admission to universities in the UK, applicants
short listed for placement on the UK programme will be required to sit
an IELTS test and achieve a score of 6.5 or above.

Selection Process: 

  1. Scholarships
    are promoted and advertised through Windle Trust offices in South Sudan
    and Sudan, and our affiliated Windle Trusts in Uganda and Kenya.
  2. Applications are checked and assessed against basic Selection Criteria in the country of application.
  3. Applications
    and supporting documents of candidates meeting the basic criteria are
    considered for interview shortlisting by in-country selection
    committees.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
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How to apply: 

  1. There is no application fee. 
  2. UK Postgraduate Scholarship Opportunities for Residents of Uganda open on 15th February, 2018.
    Please read the information on the Scholarship Webpages (see Links
    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.

Visit Scholarship Webpages here and here for Details

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