The 2017 Development Informatics Scholarship – worth £18,500 – is available for developing country applicants to the one-year MSc ICT4D programme at the University of Manchester.
Applicants apply first for the programme. On receipt of an offer, they send a scholarship application statement by May 26, 2017. Scholarship covers all tuition fees including overseas fieldwork. Details at http://www.gdi.manchester.ac.uk/study/taught-masters/funding-opportunities/, under “GDI Development Leadership Scholarships > Development Informatics Scholarship.”
“Eligibility for the scholarships is as follows:
- Applicants must already hold an unconditional offer for an eligible Masters programme.
- Applicants must be a national of and resident in a DAC-listed least developed, other low-income or lower-middle income country.
- Applicants for international scholarships must not have previously studied in an OECD country.
- Applicants must hold a First Class Honours bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and an overall score of 6.5 in IELTS (or similar exam), with 6.5 in writing and no other subsections below 6.0.
- Applicants should email a 500-word statement detailing how they will apply their learning to develop a credible career track into development leadership.
- Please send statement to the relevant email address below by clicking on the scholarship name. Please ensure you include your ID number and name of scholarship you are applying for in the subject line.
The closing date for applications for September 2017 will be 26 May 2017, but earlier application is advisable. Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application within four weeks of the deadline.”
MSc ICTs for Development Program
“In recent years there has been – and continues to be – a massive expansion in the number of information-and-communications-technology-for-development (ICT4D) projects (telecentres, ICT-enabled microenterprise, public service kiosks, e-government initiatives, e-health projects, etc) in developing and transitional economies. Successful oversight of these projects requires ICT4D champions who possess a combination of technical competencies (e.g. information systems skills) and contextual competencies (e.g. development skills). Such a combination is, as yet, rarely found. This has resulted in a high project failure rate, and a recognition of training need.
This programme, therefore, aims to create the ICT4D champions who combine the necessary skills to see ICT4D projects through to sustainable delivery of development goals.
You will gain:
- conceptual frameworks to understand the process of socio-economic development and the role of information and of ICTs in the development process; and
- new knowledge and skills to help in the effective planning, development, implementation and management of ICT4D initiatives
A range of optional modules provides an opportunity to satisfy specialist ICT4D champion knowledge and skill requirements.”
**IMPORTANT: Applications for the one-year MSc ICT4D program will be accepted until August 31, 2017. However, to be eligible for the Development Informatics Scholarship, you must be accepted to this program. Therefore, interested students who wish to apply for the scholarship should apply to the MSc ICT4D program in time to make the May 26 scholarship deadline.**