The Postgraduate Programme

For more than three decades, Windle Trust International has forged formidable scholarship partnerships with a number of universities and other scholarship awarding organisations in the UK to provide postgraduate opportunities to young people who will provide leadership and professional skills in African societies recovering from the devastating effect of protracted wars and conflicts.

A Postgraduate Programme Scholarship includes:

  • Return airfare between the candidate’s country of residence and country of scholarship
  • Arrival orientation on issues such as adapting to life in the host country, dealing with culture shock, managing finances, study methods and access to essential services in the host country.
  • Fully funded academic tuition fees
  • A maintenance stipend for the entire period of study
  • Leadership development training
  • Attendance at themed conferences and workshops
  • Welfare and pastoral support throughout the programme of study

As a key purpose of WTI scholarships is to support the development of leadership and skills in African communities, all scholarship applicants must commit to returning to Africa within one month of the completion of the studies, or within the validity of their study visa, whichever is shorter. Applicants are only considered if they can satisfy the trustees that they are committed to returning to Africa after their studies. Therefore, Postgraduate Programme scholarships must not be seen as a route to asylum and asylum claims will not be supported by Windle Trust International.

Eligible applicants resident in Kenya or Uganda (including nationals and refugees) are able to apply through Windle Trust International for placement in our Commonwealth Scholarships Commission funded scholarships. This includes the Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships for which we are a nominating body, and the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships. Applicants must meet both WTI’s eligibility criteria and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s eligibility criteria. To be considered for nomination by Windle Trust International for any Commonwealth Scholarship, applicants must have applied through WTI’s online application system and been selected for potential placement.

The Commonwealth Scholarships Commission application portal is currently open for applications for Masters scholarships to begin in September 2022. It will close at 1600 GMT on November 1st 2021. Eligible candidates who have been selected for potential placement by WTI should contact their WTI Programme Manager or email for more information and application support.

Eligible applicants resident in Sudan or South Sudan are able to apply through Windle Trust International for our other scholarship opportunities. Applicants must meet WTI’s eligibility criteria.

A Windle Trust International Postgraduate Programme Scholar

Selection for all WTI supported scholarships will be based on the following priorities:

  • Giving back: Scholarship recipients are expected to put what they learn into practice in the future for the benefit of their communities, regions and to the broader Windle community. A previous track record of community involvement will be considered favourably.
  • Student status: A scholarship recipient should be a refugee, internally displaced, marginalised, needy, or otherwise affected by conflict.
  • Financial need: A scholarship recipient should demonstrate genuine financial need and should be unable to meet the costs of study independently.
  • Gender: We will give priority to girls and young women. We strive to bridge gender disparity in communities, schools, and employment sectors by offering scholarship opportunities to empower women.
  • Origin and coverage: Candidates should be resident in the regions of Africa in which we work. In practice this means that candidates should be resident in specific areas of Kenya or Uganda, or throughout the entireties of Sudan and South Sudan.
WTI students discussion values based leadership at the Winter Conference

The Selection and Placement Process

Our online application system is currently closed and we are currently accepting new applications, however when the next selection round opens, the general Postgraduate Programme selection and placement process is as follows:

  • Scholarships are promoted and advertised through our offices in Sudan and South Sudan, and our affiliated Windle Trusts in Uganda and Kenya.
  • Applications are checked and assessed against basic eligibility criteria in the country of application. Applications and supporting documents of candidates meeting the eligibility criteria are short-listed for interview by in-country teams. Note that meeting the eligibility criteria in no way guarantees a scholarship or short-listing for interview.
  • Short-listed candidates are interviewed by in-country teams.
  • 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” for scholarship placement.
  • Once on the Priority List, programme staff work intensively with the candidate, universities and donors to seek the most appropriate course of study. The Priority List is a pool of potential candidates for placements and has more candidates than places available in any one year. Candidates who cannot be placed in scholarships remain on the Priority List for a maximum of 3 years.
Windle Trust International student receiving scholarship at Bangor University

Important Information for Applicants

The following policy documents are important for all potential applicants:

The WTI Anti-Fraud and Corruption Policy
The WTI Complaints Policy
The WTI Privacy Policy
The WTI Safeguarding Policy

The following policy documents are important for potential applicants from Kenya and Uganda

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Anti-Fraud, Bribery and Corruption Policy
The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Safeguarding Policy

Documents to Download

What have our scholars said?

Being able to study from one of the prestigious universities in the world through Windle Trust has mainly impacted my ability to think critically and to research more on a topic. My 1-year in the UK also improved my sense of humor and strengthened my leadership and communication skills. I came to the sense after my graduation that the post-graduate degree did not give me any answers to my personal problems or even the immense development challenges facing my country of origin... but it did give me the confidence to face/address whatever challenges these may be. As a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist in USAID's Monitoring Evaluation and Support Project, I find myself employing all the skills I have attained during my MSc International Development (Facilitating trainings for USAID staff and partners, organizing information dissemination forums with the use of PowerPoint presentation).


The scholarship has helped make a positive impact in my country through my work in the health sector, involvement in community activities and supporting community initiatives and improving the livelihood of my family and those I support to get education. 


One of the factors that encouraged me to apply for the scholarship was to gain expertise in accounting and finance to be able to assist small firms to manage their finances well. Since graduation, I have started a firm in South Sudan working with both local and international organizations in strengthening their financial management system and business processes. This means that my scholarship didn't just help me, but helped my community too.

A Windle Trust International Postgraduate Programme student outside Bangor University