2017 Commonwealth Scholarships in the UK for Students from Developing Commonwealth Countries

Applications are invited for the 2017 Commonwealth Scholarships in the UK for Students from Developing Commonwealth Countries. These Scholarships are offered by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Scholarships are available for pursuing Master’s, PhD and split-site (PhD) degree program at UK Universities

Scholarship description

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is one of the largest and most prestigious scholarship schemes for international study in the world. Since it was established in 1959, around 34,000 individuals have benefited – 26,000 of them have held awards funded by the UK government, managed by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC). The CSC’s Secretariat is provided by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), which is responsible for all matters concerning selection, academic studies, and evaluation

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree). Scholarships are awarded in all subject areas offered at UK universities, although the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to applications that demonstrate strong relevance to development

Applicants are also expected to be Commonwealth citizens, refugee, or British protected persons, be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country, be available to start their academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2017 and by October 2017, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)

Note: The CSC promotes equal opportunity, gender equity, and cultural exchange. Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates. Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there

Students from all developing Commonwealth countries can apply for these Commonwealth scholarships. List of Countries are:

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Virgin Islands (British) and Zambia

Value

Each scholarship provides the following:

  • Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependants, nor usually the cost of journeys made before your award is finally confirmed)
  • Approved tuition and examination fees
  • Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,043 per month, or £1,279 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2016-2017 levels)
  • Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, (where applicable)
  • Warm clothing allowance, (where applicable)
  • Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
  • For PhD Scholars, fieldwork grant towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas (usually the cost of one economy class return airfare to your fieldwork location), where approved
  • For PhD Scholars, paid mid-term visit (airfare) to your home country (unless you have claimed (or intend to claim) spouse and/or child allowances during your scholarship, or have received a return airfare to your home country for fieldwork)
  • If your scholarship is at least 18 months long, the following family allowances:  Spouse allowance of £224 per month if you and your spouse are living together at the same address in the UK (unless your spouse is also in receipt of a scholarship; other conditions also apply)
  • Child allowance of £224 per month for the first child, and £110 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if you are accompanied by your spouse and children and they are living with you at the same address in the UK
  • If they are widowed, divorced, or a single parent (irrespective of the length of your scholarship), child allowance of £448 per month for the first child, and £110 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if you are accompanied by your children and they are living with you at the same address in the UK The CSC’s family allowances are intended to be only a contribution towards the cost of maintaining your family in the UK. The true costs are likely to be considerably higher, and you must be able to supplement these allowances in order to support any family members who come to the UK with you

How to apply

Applicants must make their application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS).

Applicants should apply to study at Master’s/PhD level at a UK university with which the CSC has a part funding agreement. Part funding agreements are at the discretion of individual universities. For a list of universities that have already agreed to part fund Commonwealth Scholarships. Applicants must apply to one of the following nominating bodies in the first instance – the CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships:

  • National nominating agencies – this is the main route of application
  • Selected universities/university bodies, which can nominate their own academic staff
  • Selected non-governmental organisations and charitable bodies

All applications must be made through your nominating body in your home country. Each nominating body is responsible for its own selection process. You must check with your nominating body for their specific advice and rules for applying, their own eligibility criteria, and their own closing date for applications. The CSC does not impose any age limit on applicants, but nominating bodies may do so in line with their own priorities.

Applicants must make an application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS), in addition to any other application form that you are required to complete by your nominating body.

Applicants must provide the following supporting documentation to be received by the CSC by 6 January 2017 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration;

  • References from at least two individuals
  • Transcripts
  • For PhD candidates only, supporting statement
  • Application Form

Application deadline

All applications must be submitted by 15 November, 2016 at the latest

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2016/2017 Sri Lanka Commonwealth Postgraduate Scholarships for Foreign Students

Applications are invited for the 2016/2017 Sri Lanka Commonwealth Postgraduate Scholarships for Foreign Students. These Commonwealth Scholarships are offered by the Ministry of Higher Education & Highways Sri Lanka for the academic year 2016/17. Scholarships are available for pursuing a master degree program

Scholarship description

Ministry of Higher Education & Highways Sri Lanka is committed to providing educational and professional opportunities for Foreign Students to undertake study, research or professional development overseas. Applicants must hold a first degree of upper second class standard (or above) in a discipline relevant to that in which study is proposed.

Scholarships are available for pursuing a master degree program at Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura and Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, University of Colombo. Scholarships are awarded in any subject in the aforementioned areas

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be a citizen of any Commonwealth country other than the host country
  • Applicants must hold a first degree of upper second class standard (or above) in a discipline relevant to that in which study is proposed
  • Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there

Students from the following developing Commonwealth countries can apply for these commonwealth scholarships:

Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Cyprus, Malta, United Kingdom, Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu (except for which they are applying i.e. Bangladesh, Botswana, Cameroon, Caribbean (Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago), Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, South Pacific (Fiji, Samoa)

Value

The scholarships provide the following:

  • Return economy airfare from the scholar’s home country to the host country
  • An arrival allowance of USD 500 to cover removal costs
  • Full tuition fees
  • A monthly/quarterly stipend intended to cover living costs, sustenance and local transport. Scholars will need to cover accommodation costs from their stipend

How to apply

Download the scholarship application form available at the website and send the duly completed application form to the following address: Secretary Ministry of Higher Education & Highways, No.18, Ward Place, Colombo 07 , Sri Lanka or Email: addsec-dev-at-mohe.gov.lk

Applicants will need to submit the following:

  1. High school certificates
  2. Undergraduate transcripts and graduation certificate
  3. Scan of photo page of passport
  4. Proof of English language ability if English is not your first language
  5. At least one academic reference
  6. University offers letter for the institution

Application deadline

The application deadline is 30 June, 2016

For more information and enquiry, click here

2016/2017 Commonwealth Scholarships in Low and Middle Income Countries

Applications are invited for the 2016/2017 Commonwealth Scholarships in Low and Middle Income Countries. Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is pleased to offer scholarships for citizens of all Commonwealth countries to study in member countries. Scholarships are available for masters degree programmes in any subject at participating universities

Scholarship description

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is the world’s first and oldest international university network, established in 1913. CSFP aims to promote and support excellence in higher education for the benefit of individuals and societies throughout the Commonwealth and beyond

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be a citizen of anyCommonwealth country other than the host country
  • Applicants must hold a first degree of upper second class standard (or above) in a discipline relevant to that in which study is proposed

 Students from the following developing Commonwealth countries can apply for these commonwealth scholarships:

Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Cyprus, Malta, United Kingdom, Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu (except for which they are applying i.e. Bangladesh, Botswana, Cameroon, Caribbean (Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago), Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, South Pacific (Fiji, Samoa) and Sri Lanka)

Value

The scholarships provide the following:

  • Return economy airfare from the scholar’s home country to the host country
  • An arrival allowance of USD 500 to cover removal costs
  • Full tuition fees
  • A monthly/quarterly stipend intended to cover living costs, sustenance and local transport. Scholars will need to cover accommodation costs from their stipend

Note: Scholarship can be taken at: Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Pakistan, Rwanda, Swaziland and Uganda

How to apply

Applicants should mail the completed Application Form to the email address. Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Applicants should submit the following:

  • High school certificates
  • Undergraduate transcripts and graduation certificate
  • Scan of photo page of passport
  • Proof of English language ability if English is not your first language
  • At least one academic reference
  • University offers letter for the institution

Application deadline

The application deadline is 30 June, 2016

For more information and enquiry, click here

2016 Commonwealth Jubilee Scholarship Programme in Grenada, West Indies

Applications are invited for the 2016 Commonwealth Jubilee Scholarship Programme in Grenada, West Indies. St. George’s University, Grenada is funding sixty full tuition scholarships which cover both graduate and undergraduate degree programs in Grenada, West Indies. Applicants from commonwealth countries are eligible for applying these scholarships

Scholarship description

St. George’s University is a private international university in Grenada, West Indies, offering degrees in medicine, veterinary medicine, public health, the health sciences, nursing, arts and sciences, and business

The main objective of the university is to provide high quality, comprehensive educational and training opportunities that are compatible to changing needs of the students

Scholarship is awarded within the School of Medicine; Veterinary Medicine; Art and Science; and Graduate Studies.

List of Subjects: Medical Program (Doctor of Medicine); Premedical Program; Public Health – Medicine; Research – Medicine; Veterinary Medical Program (Four-Year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine); Preveterinary Medical Program; Public Health – Veterinary Medicine; Research – Veterinary Medicine; Business – Graduate.
Undergraduate Degrees:

  • Department of Biology, Ecology, and Conservation
  • Department of Business and Management Studies
  • Department of Computers and Technology
  • Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Eligibility

The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for this scholarship:

  • Awards will only be made to resident citizens of Commonwealth countries
  • Scholarship candidates must be accepted to St. George’s University
  • Applicants must be able to fund their living and travel expenses through their own personal resources or alternative funding sources

Students from the following developing Commonwealth countries can apply for this scholarship:

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Virgin Islands (British) and Zambia

If English is not the principal language, the applicant must have achieved a minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or a 7.0 overall score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). (University TOEFL code: 2864)

Value

Sixty full tuition scholarships will be awarded to Commonwealth citizens under the St. George’s University, Grenada. The scholarship funds tuition fees only

How to apply

The fully completed and signed Application Form, with essay, should be sent via post or by Fax. Entrance Requirements: Students must have an offer of acceptance from St. George’s University into the program of their chosen discipline

Applicants have to submit an essay detailing how this award will ultimately benefit the development of his/her country

Application deadline

Scholarship application deadlines are June 1 for August class and November 1 for January class

For more information and enquiry, click here

2017 New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)

Applications are invited for the 2017 New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP).New Zealand Government is pleased to offer Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan in 2017  academic session. Scholarships will be awarded to undertake Master’s or PhD studies in New Zealand

Scholarship description

New Zealand Scholarships empower individuals with the knowledge, skills and qualifications to contribute to economic, social and political development within selected developing countries

The CSFP was established at the first Commonwealth education conference in 1959 and is reviewed by education ministers at their triennial meetings. The CSFP is the only scholarship scheme in the world to receive such high-level recognition

Applicants must be applying for direct entry to a Masters or PhD programme at a New Zealand university. As a general rule, for those wishing to complete a postgraduate qualification an overall IELTS score of 6.5 and no band less than 6.0 is the minimum required

Scholarships are awarded in the subjects that are a priority for each country

Eligibility

If offered a Commonwealth Scholarship, candidates must:

  • Include an offer of place, even a conditional offer of place, from a New Zealand university
  • Applicants must make an early application for entry to a New Zealand university for their chosen programme of study to secure an offer of place
  • Applicants must be applying for direct entry to a masters or PhD programme at a New Zealand university
  • An offer of place from a New Zealand university must be for a Masters or PhD programme

The students of following participating developing Commonwealth countries are eligible for this scholarship plan:

Botswana, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Cook Islands, Cameroon, Barbados, India, Kiribati, Ghana, Belize, Malaysia, Nauru, Kenya, Dominica, Maldives, Niue, Lesotho, Grenada, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Malawi, Guyana, Sri Lanka, Samoa, Mauritius, Jamaica, Solomon Islands, Mozambique, St Kitts and Nevis, Tokelau, Namibia, St Lucia, Tonga, Nigeria, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tuvalu, Rwanda, Trinidad and Tobago, Vanuatu, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and  Zambia

Value

The entitlements of the Scholarship include full tuition fees, a living allowance (paid fortnightly), an establishment allowance, medical and travel insurance, travel between applicants home country and New Zealand at the start and end of scholarship, home leave or reunion travel for some eligible scholars, pastoral and academic support at applicants institution, and assistance with research and thesis costs for most postgraduate research students. Applicants will also benefit the following:

  • A top quality education at one of New Zealand’s world-class tertiary institutes or a major Pacific education institution
  • Fully funded tuition
  • Financial support including a fortnightly living allowance, an establishment allowance, medical and travel insurance, travel to and from home country at the start and end of  scholarship, home leave or reunion travel for some students, and assistance with research and thesis costs for most postgraduate research students
  • Personal and academic support: They have international student advisors to help and support applicants with any issues with their scholarship, study or well-being.  When studying in New Zealand applicants will also have the assurance of the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students which sets minimum standards to ensure international students in New Zealand are well informed, safe and properly cared for by their education provider
  • Help getting prepared:  To help applicants get prepared for studying in New Zealand, applicants will have a pre departure briefing in their home country, and applicants will get support when they arrive in New Zealand. They also offer a programme in New Zealand to help applicants prepare for academic studies here

How to apply

Applicants must send their completed applications to the Nominating Agency for their country, not to Universities NZ or to MFAT

Applicants can get application form here

Note: In addition to the application form applicants need to provide an offer of place from a New Zealand institution and copies of their academic transcripts

Application deadline

Each Nominating Agency has been asked to set the closing date for applications for their country. To find out the closing date for their country applicants should contact their Nominating Agency

For more information and enquiry, click here

2016/2017 Commonwealth Scholarships in Low and Middle Income Countries

Applications are invited for the 2016/2017 Commonwealth Scholarships in Low and Middle Income Countries. Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is pleased to offer scholarships to citizens of all Commonwealth countries to study in member countries

Scholarship description

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is the world’s first and oldest international university network, established in 1913. CSFP aims to promote and support excellence in higher education for the benefit of individuals and societies throughout the Commonwealth and beyond

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is a unique programme. Since its establishment in 1959, it has provided opportunities for over 30,000 citizens of all Commonwealth countries to study in other member countries. Since the scholarships have traditionally been supported by host governments, the overwhelming majority have been hosted by developed Commonwealth countries. Now, following the establishment of the CSFP endowment fund in 2009, a new strand of Commonwealth Scholarships located in low and middle income countries is available

Scholarship can be taken at: Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Pakistan, Rwanda, Swaziland and Uganda

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be citizens of anyCommonwealth country other than the host country
  • Applicants must hold a first degree of upper second class standard (or above) in a discipline relevant to that in which study is proposed

Students from the following developing Commonwealth countries are eligible to apply for these scholarships:

Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Cyprus, Malta, United Kingdom, Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu (except for which they are applying i.e. Bangladesh, Botswana, Cameroon, Caribbean (Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago), Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, South Pacific (Fiji, Samoa) and Sri Lanka

Value

The scholarships provide the following:

  • Return economy airfare from the scholar’s home country to the host country
  • An arrival allowance of USD 500 to cover removal costs
  • Full tuition fees
  • A monthly/quarterly stipend intended to cover living costs, sustenance and local transport. Scholars will need to cover accommodation costs from their stipend

How to apply

Email the completed application form to the email address detailed on the relevant country page above. With your application you should submit the following:

  • High school certificates
  • Undergraduate transcripts and graduation certificate
  • Scan of photo page of passport
  • Proof of English language ability if English is not your first language
  • At least one academic reference
  • University offer letter for the institution you have applied to, if you already have one
  • Application form

Note: Successful applicants will be notified within three months of the closing date

Application deadline

The application deadline is 29 February, 2016

For more information and enquiry, click here

2016 Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for Master’s Courses in the UK

Applications are invited for the 2016 Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for Master’s Courses in the UK. Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) in partnership with UK universities offers Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for students from developing commonwealth countries

Scholarship description

Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth. Students from developing countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK can apply for Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for Master’s study, jointly supported by UK universities

Shared Scholarships are usually tenable for one-year Master’s courses only. Scholarships are awarded to study subjects related to the development of applicant’s home country at participating UK universities only

Eligibility

To apply for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, candidate must:

  • Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2016
  • By August 2016, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard
  • Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a developed country
  • Be unable, either yourself or through your family, to pay to study in the UK

Note: The CSC promotes equal opportunity, gender equity, and cultural exchange. Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates. The CSC is committed to administering and managing its scholarships and fellowships in a fair and transparent manner

Students of the following developing Commonwealth countries are eligible to apply for this fellowship:

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Virgin Islands (British), Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn  Islands, Rwanda, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Seychelles, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Value:

Shared Scholarships are jointly funded by the CSC and participating UK universities. Each Scholarship provides the following:

  • Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award (arranged by the university; funded by the CSC)
  • Approved tuition and examination fees (funded by the CSC)
  • Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,034 per month, or £1,268 per month for those studying at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2015/2016 levels) (paid and funded by the university)
  • Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a dissertation, where applicable (claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC)
  • Warm clothing allowance and visa reimbursement, where applicable (paid and funded by the university)
  • Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas (claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC)
  • Excess baggage allowance, up to an annual approved limit, when returning home (claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC)

Note: No additional allowances are available for spouses or other dependants

How to apply

  • Applicants should apply to study an eligible Master’s course at a UK university that is participating in the Shared Scholarship scheme
  • Applicants must make their application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS)
  • Applicant can apply for more than one course and/or to more than one university, but they may only accept one offer of a Shared Scholarship
  • The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the EAS to their UK university or applications directly from individuals
  • Applicants can fill the Online Application
  • List of participating universities and eligible courses

Each participating UK university will conduct its own recruitment process to select a specified number of candidates for Shared Scholarships. Universities must put forward their selected candidates to the CSC by 29 April 2016. The CSC will then confirm that these candidates meet the eligibility criteria for this scheme. Universities will inform candidates of their results by July 2016

Candidates are recruited and selected by UK host universities in the first instance. Selection criteria include: the academic merit of the candidate, as well as the likely impact of their work on the development of their home country

Application deadline

The EAS will close to applicants on 16 April 2016 and no further applications can be submitted after that date. Candidates should note that most university closing dates fall before 16 April and you must submit your application by the date advised by the university to which you are applying

For more information and enquiries, click here

2016 Commonwealth Scholarships in UK for Developing Commonwealth Countries’ Students

csc-header-websiteApplications are invited for the 2016 Commonwealth Scholarships in UK for Developing Commonwealth Countries’ Students. UK Department for International Development (DFID) offers Commonwealth Scholarships for developing countries’ students to pursue Master’s, PhD and split-site (PhD) degree programmes at UK Universities. Awards are made in respect of full-time study only and no other course of study may be undertaken at the same time

Scholarship description

Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth

The scholarships give support for up to 36 months’ towards completion of a three-year full-time doctoral postgraduate qualification at an eligible UK university and up to 12 months’ support towards completion of a full-time taught postgraduate qualification at an eligible UK university.

Note: The CSC funds one-year Master’s programmes only, and does not fund MBAs. Scholarships are awarded in all subject areas offered at UK universities, although the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to applications that demonstrate strong relevance to development

Eligibility

To apply for these scholarships, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
  • Be permanently resident in adeveloping Commonwealth country
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2016
  • By October 2016, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
  • The CSC promotes equal opportunity, gender equity, and cultural exchange. Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates

Students from these developing Commonwealth countries are eligible for this scholarship:

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Virgin Islands (British) and Zambia

Value

Each scholarship provides:

  • Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependants, nor usually the cost of journeys made before your award is finally confirmed)
  • Approved tuition and examination fees
  • Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,034 per month, or £1,268 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2015-2016 levels)
  • Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable
  • Warm clothing allowance
  • Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
  • For PhD Scholars, fieldwork grant towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas (usually the cost of one economy class return airfare to your fieldwork location)
  • For PhD Scholars, paid mid-term visit (airfare) to your home country (unless you have claimed (or intend to claim) spouse and/or child allowances during your scholarship, or have received a return airfare to your home country for fieldwork)
  • If your scholarship is at least 18 months long, the following family allowances: Spouse allowance of £222 per month if you and your spouse are living together at the same address in the UK (unless your spouse is also in receipt of a scholarship) and child allowance of £222 per month for the first child, and £109 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if you are accompanied by your spouse and children and they are living with you at the same address in the UK
  • If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent (irrespective of the length of your scholarship), child allowance of £444 per month for the first child, and £109 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if you are accompanied by your children and they are living with you at the same address in the UK
  • The CSC’s family allowances are intended to be only a contribution towards the cost of maintaining your family in the UK. The true costs are likely to be considerably higher, and you must be able to supplement these allowances in order to support any family members who come to the UK with you

How to apply

You should apply to study at Master’s/PhD level at a UK university with which the CSC has a part funding agreement. All applicants must apply to one of the following nominating bodies in the first instance- the CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships:

  • National nominating agencies – this is the main route of application
  • Selected universities/university bodies, which can nominate their own academic staff and
  • Selected non-governmental organisations and charitable bodies

All applications must be made through your nominating body in your home country. Each nominating body is responsible for its own selection process. You must check with your nominating body for their specific advice and rules for applying, and for their own closing date for applications. The CSC does not impose any age limit on applicants, but nominating bodies may do so in line with their own priorities.

  • You must make your application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS)
  • Your application must be submitted to and endorsed by one of the approved nominating bodies listed above
  • The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the EAS to a nominating body in your home country

Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:

  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Quality of the proposal
  • Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country

If your application is successful, the CSC will notify you that you have been provisionally selected (selected for an award subject to the CSC agreeing your terms of admission to the university)

Application deadline

All applications must be submitted by 19 November, 2015 at the latest. Please note that this is an earlier deadline than in previous years

For more information, enquiries and application, click here

2015 Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships for Masters Courses in UK

Applications are invited for the 2015 Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships to study for a UK Master’s degree while living and working in your home country. Students must be Commonwealth citizens and permanent residents of a developing Commonwealth country to be eligible for these scholarships

Scholarship description

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan is one of the largest and most prestigious scholarships schemes for international study in the world. Since it was established in 1959, around 30,000 individuals have benefited – 24,000 of them have held awards funded by the United Kingdom, managed by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC). This prospectus describes the Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships offered by the CSC in 2015/2016.

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships provide the opportunity for individuals to study for a UK Master’s degree while living and working in their home country. The scheme was established in 2002, as a direct response to the measures taken by our funder, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), to explore new methods of delivery as part of the drive for poverty reduction. To date, over 2,000 Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships have been awarded. The duration of these scholarships is based on the course programme.

The scholarships are awarded in the following subject areas and schools:

  • MSc in Palliative Medicine and Care (Cardiff University)
  • MSc Tropical Forestry (Bangor University)
  • MSc Public Health Promotion (Leeds Beckett University)
  • MSc Clinical Trials, MSc Epidemiology, MSc Global Health Policy, MSc Infectious Diseases and MSc Public Health (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
  • MSc Education for Sustainability (London South Bank University)
  • MSc Water and Environmental Management (Loughborough University)
  • MSc Development Management, MSc Environmental Management (Open University)
  • MSc Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice (SOAS, University of London)
  • MA Education and International Development (UCL Institute of Education)
  • MPH Public Health and Primary Care (University of Manchester)
  • MA Education (Flexible), PGCEi Post Graduate Certificate of Education International (University of Nottingham)
  • MSt International Human Rights Law (University of Oxford)
  • MSc Gerontology (University of Southampton)
  • MSc Dementia Studies (University of Stirling)
  • MSc Finance, LM Information Technology and Telecommunications Law and LLM Internet Law and Policy (University of Strathclyde).

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship, candidates should:

  • Me citizens of a developing Commonwealth country, refugees or British protected persons AND be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
  • Normally hold a first degree of upper second-class standard, or higher qualification. In certain cases, we will consider a lower qualification and sufficient relevant experience
  • Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships may not be held concurrently for more than one course

Students from the following developing commonwealth countries are eligible to apply for these Commonwealth Distance Learning scholarships.

Anguilla Guyana Pakistan Tonga
Antigua and Barbuda India Papua New Guinea Trinidad and Tobago
Bangladesh Jamaica Rwanda Turks and Caicos Islands
Barbados Kenya St Helena Tuvalu
Belize Kiribati St Kitts and Nevis Uganda
Bermuda Lesotho St Lucia Vanuatu
Botswana Malawi St Vincent and The Grenadines Virgin Islands
Cameroon Malaysia Samoa  Zambia
Cayman Islands Maldives Seychelles  Tristan da Cunha
Dominica Mauritius Sierra Leone  British Virgin Islands
Falkland Islands Montserrat Solomon Islands  Pitcairn Islands
 Fiji Mozambique South Africa
Ghana Namibia Sri Lanka
Gibraltar Nauru Swaziland
Grenada Nigeria Tanzania

Details about the countries can be found here.

Value

The value of this scholarship is not known.

How to apply

Full details of the application process must be obtained from the relevant institution. To apply for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship:

  • You must complete an EAS application. Please note that it is not possible to submit an EAS application after the deadline that you will see when you open an application
  • The UK university will then decide whether or not to nominate you to the CSC
  • The CSC then selects which of the shortlisted nominated candidates to fund.

There are three criteria against which Expressions of Interest and proposals will be considered:

  • The quality of the course, including whether the Expression of Interest/proposal has institutional endorsement, the Quality Assurance record and the track record for delivery of the course through the medium of distance learning
  • The learning opportunities provided for developing country students, including whether the course takes into account appropriate use of technology, whether course providers can identify a target audience of potential applicants and recruit them successfully, and the factors likely to affect candidates’ successful completion of their studies
  • The development impact of the course of study, including how the course content can be applied to the Millennium Development Goals and the subsequent career patterns of course alumni.

Successful providers will be required to conduct their own recruitment process to shortlist a specified number of nominated candidates for Distance Learning Scholarships. A selection committee will then select Scholars from this shortlist in July.

Application deadline

The deadline for applications is 15 May, 2015.

Important: All students must check the university course website for detailed application. 

For more information and enquiries, please contact the scholarship provider here