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Oxford-Poler Graduate Scholarships

The new Oxford-Poler Graduate Scholarships aim to support African students reading for selected courses in Public Policy or International Development, who will seek a career bringing the highest standards of ethics, efficiency, and impact to national government and policy making roles in their home country. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate significant personal leadership capability and potential, and a passion for improved public policy and governance, and who have previously completed the African Leadership Academy’s pre-University course.

The Scholarships are supported by the generosity of the Poler Family Foundation, established by Dwight Poler in hopes of bringing the impact of African Leadership Academy to the public service arena. African Leadership Academy seeks to transform Africa by identifying, developing, and connecting the next generation of African leaders. ALA’s leadership model can be distilled into three essential components: seeking young Africans with the potential for leadership, embedding them in the practice of leadership through applied learning, and enabling access to networks of opportunities and resources which will aid their growth, learning, and impact.

The ALA says: “We thank Oxford University, Dwight Poler and the Poler Family Foundation for their commitment to Africa’s future prosperity and good governance. This Scholarship will go a long way in strengthening the African leadership pipeline in the government and public policy spaces. It further supports ALA’s mission of transforming Africa by developing the next generation of ethical, multi-sectoral entrepreneurial leaders. We look forward to the Oxford-Poler Graduate Scholars becoming transformative leaders on the continent.”

The scholarship will cover 100% of University and college fees and a grant for living costs of £14,296. Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course.

Scholarship outcomes

Decisions were made in early April and successful applicants have been notified. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we regret that we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants individually or provide feedback on applications.

You must be applying to start a new master’s course at Oxford. The following courses are eligible:

Master of Public Policy
MSc Economics for Development
MSc Global Governance and Diplomacy
MSc Migration Studies
MSc Refugee and Forced Migration Studies 

You must be ordinarily resident in Africa, and preference will be given to graduates of the African Leadership Academy’s pre-University course.

There is no separate application process for this scholarship: in order to be considered, you must submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline for your course (22 January 2016). 

We will use the details you insert in the ‘Nationality and ordinary residence’ section of the graduate application form to assess your country of ordinary residence. For a definition of ordinary residency and further details on how to complete this section of the graduate application form, please see the Nationality and Ordinary residence section of the graduate application form and also the Technical Help.

We will use all the materials you submit in your graduate application form to assess your personal leadership capability and potential, and your passion for improved public policy and governance.

We will receive confirmation of your completion of the African Leadership Academy’s pre-University course from the ALA, so this information does not need to be provided on your graduate application form. 

To be eligible for consideration for this scholarship, applicants must be successful in being offered a place on their course after consideration of applications received by the relevant January deadline for the course. Course applications which are held over after the January deadline to be re-evaluated against applications received by the March deadline or course applications which have been put on a waiting list are not eligible for scholarship consideration.