About our fundraising initiatives

IDS’s vision is of equal and sustainable societies, where everyone can live secure, fulfilling lives free from poverty and injustice. As IDS Alumni you are uniquely placed to understand that achieving our vision needs new kinds of research and knowledge to be developed and shared in new ways, alongside continued investment in the leaders of tomorrow. IDS has no guaranteed core funding, and philanthropic support is essential to continue our pioneering and influential research, teaching and learning, and communications and impact work. impact work.

IDS Scholarship

For some of our applicants the course fees and associated costs of travelling to IDS and living in the UK are prohibitive. As graduates you know that part of the unique experience of studying at IDS is that of the vibrant international community of students which creates a truly global learning environment that enriches your curriculum experience. Without the Scholarship Fund, the loss of talent and the opportunity to educate and collaborate with those who can make a difference in some of the most challenging parts of the world would be a loss to us all. Since the IDS Scholarship Fund launched in 2014 the generosity of our IDS Alumni Network has enabled us to offer two full and one half-fees scholarship to students, and from 2017 five scholarships for fees and living expenses on our MA programmes. This year we are aiming to raise the equivalent of at least one full-fees only scholarship for an overseas student. A gift to the Scholarship Fund could make a real difference not only to individual students, but also to the countless others that they will go on to help.

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Total target: £15,100.00

fundraising news

Meet IDS Scholarship Students 2017/18

Meet this year's IDS Scholarship Students and find out how important the Scholarship Fund is to these outstanding new students.

IDS would like to say a massive thank you to all IDS Alumni who have supported the IDS Scholarship Fund as your donations are essential to help students like Carolina, Aisha, Olusola and O'bai get to IDS.  In particular we are grateful to our anonymous IDS alum donor whose generous donation has enabled us to offer four full scholarships this year (full fees plus £10,000 towards living costs). IDS is committed to helping create opportunities for students from low and middle-income countries to build international networks and achieve academic excellence, to find out more about the IDS Scholarship…

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A conversation with our anonymous scholarship donor

IDS has recently received a substantial boost to the scholarship fund from one of its postgraduate alums that allows us to offer up to 6 scholarships in the next few years.

IDS is delighted to announce that we have received a substantial boost to the scholarship fund from one of our postgraduate alums.  For the first time since the scholarship fund was started IDS will be able to offer scholarships that cover full fees and essential living costs, thanks to an extremely generous pledge of £260,000, which will be allocated across the next five years. This is fantastic news for IDS and for the future scholars who will benefit, and we think you will agree that the impact of opening up the opportunity of a world class…

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A 'thank you' note from our first Alumni Scholar

I am optimistic that the knowledge and skills I have gained at the IDS will be beneficial in working for organisational benefits and to uplift the living standards of the people in future.

Making Tough Choices Prioritising different things in life is always tough and decisions made on the basis of priorities can either prove to be a milestone or a setback for personal and professional life in future. I have been in permanent employment with Government of Balochistan since May, 2011. When I look back at my decision of taking a career break from my job and attending IDS for MA program in Development Studies (2014-15), I feel contented. As the programme ended at the IDS and I returned to my country, Pakistan, I am happy that…

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Four things I didn’t expect and I’m loving in my Master’s year

Brazilian Scholarship recipient, Rebeca Da Rocha, shares her personal reflections as a student at IDS, and a resident in Brighton, England.

Choosing to apply for a Masters isn’t an easy decision in Brazil. In some other cultures, you have to have a Master’s degree to be able to achieve higher roles in your career. In Brazil, this isn’t necessarily the case. I have been leading the Brazilian office of an international NGO for five years and my skills, networking and background experiences were more important for getting a job than my degree. However, I’m a restless person. I love pushing myself to new challenges and feel that I’m always learning new things. This has happened a…

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