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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2017 IWC Full Masters Scholarships for Australian and International Students

Applications are invited for the 2017 IWC Full Masters Scholarships for Australian and International Students. Scholarships are available for pursuing the master degrees at the University of Queensland

Scholarship description

The International WaterCentre (IWC) provides education and training, applied research and knowledge services to implement a whole-of-water cycle approach and develop capacity in integrated water resource management. The IWC Masters Scholarships are prestigious scholarships awarded annually to high calibre candidates who clearly demonstrate potential to become future water leaders. Scholarships support students enrolled in the Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) program

Eligibility

All applicants must meet the minimum eligibility requirements outlined below:

  • A completed undergraduate degree in a related field of study from an internationally-recognised institution
  • At least two years of professional experience (paid work or volunteering experience) relevant to the program and following completion of an undergraduate degree. Although not essential for entry in the MIWM program, candidates with relevant professional experience have a higher chance of securing a scholarship
  • International students must also demonstrate English language proficiency

Full tuition and full living costs scholarships are available for international candidates who hold citizenship from a list of the following developing countries:

Asia-Pacific, Africa, South and Central America, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East: Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Angola; Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Argentina; Armenia; Aruba; Azerbaijan; Bahamas; Bangladesh; Barbados; Belarus; Belize; Benin; Bermuda; Bhutan; Bolivia; Bosnia-Herzegovina; Botswana; Brazil; Bulgaria; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cambodia; Cameroon; Cape Verde; Cayman Islands; Central African Republic; Chad; Chile; China; Christmas Island; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Colombia; Comoros; Congo, Democratic Republic of the (Zaire); Congo, Cook Islands; Costa Rica; Cuba; Djibouti; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; Egypt; El Salvador; Equatorial Guinea; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Falkland Islands; Fiji; French Guyana; Gabon; Gambia; Georgia; Ghana; Grenada; Guadeloupe (French); Guatemala; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; India; Indonesia; Iran; Iraq; Ivory Coast (Cote D’Ivoire); Jamaica; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kiribati; Kosovo; Kyrgyzstan; Laos; Lebanon; Lesotho; Liberia; Libya; Macedonia; Madagascar; Malawi; Malaysia; Maldives; Mali; Marshall Islands; Martinique (French); Mauritania; Mauritius; Mexico; Micronesia; Moldova; Mongolia; Montenegro; Montserrat; Morocco; Mozambique; Myanmar; Namibia; Nauru; Nepal; Netherlands Antilles; New Caledonia (French); Nicaragua; Niger; Nigeria; Niue; Norfolk Island; North Korea; Pakistan; Palau; Panama; Papua New Guinea; Paraguay; Peru; Philippines; Pitcairn Island; Polynesia (French); Puerto Rico; Rwanda; Saint Helena; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Senegal; Serbia; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; Solomon Islands; Somalia; South Africa; South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands; South Sudan; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Suriname; Swaziland; Syria; Tajikistan; Tanzania; Thailand; Timor-Leste (East Timor); Togo; Tokelau; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; Tunisia; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Turks and Caicos Islands; Tuvalu; Uganda; Ukraine; Uruguay; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu; Venezuela; Vietnam; Virgin Islands; Wallis and Futuna; Yemen; Zambia and Zimbabwe. One full tuition scholarship is for international students who hold citizenship from a list of selected countries in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia: Andorra; Austria; Bahrain; Belgium; Brunei; Canada; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Greenland; Hong Kong; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Japan; Kuwait; Latvia; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Macau; Malta; Monaco; Netherlands; Norway; Oman; Poland; Portugal; Qatar; Romania; Russia; San Marino; Saudi Arabia; Singapore; Slovakia; Slovenia; South Korea; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Taiwan; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom; United States of America

IWC Full Tuition Domestic Scholarships are for Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens

Value

  1. Full tuition and full living costs scholarships for international students (up to two available): Each is valued at approximately AU$ 89,811 and covers the following expenses:
  • Full tuition fees for full-time study of the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management program commencing in 2016 (valued at AU$ 49,920 over 18 months)
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (valued at AU$ 856 for 18 months)
  • Cost of student visa for a single student (valued at AU$ 535)
  • Return air travel to Australia (single return, economy class airfare to and from Australia, via the most direct route up to a maximum of AU$ 2,500)
  • Living expenses stipend (valued at AU 36,000 for 16 months) payable in equal monthly instalments
  • Important- Scholarships do not cover travel costs and some of the expenses will have to be paid upfront by successful recipients
  1. One full tuition scholarship for international students for a future water leader from a list of selected countries: Each is valued at approximately AU$ 50,776 including:
  • Full tuition fees for full-time study of the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management program commencing in 2016 (valued at AU$ 49,920 over 18 months)
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (valued at AU$ 856 for 18 months)
  • IWC Full-tuition Scholarships for domestic students (up to two available): These scholarships are funded by IWC. Each is valued at approximately AU$ 49,920 and covers Full tuition fees for full-time for full-time study (1.5 years) or part-time/distance study (3 years) of the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management program commencing in 2016

How to apply

Applicants should fill the Online Application. When filling the online application form, the following documents will need to be uploaded:

  • Current Resume/CV
  • Two reference letters
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field of study from an internationally-recognised institution and at least two years of professional experience (paid work or volunteering experience) relevant to the program.

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirements: International candidates must also demonstrate English Language Proficiency. A proof of English language proficiency needs to be uploaded with the online application form

Application deadline

International students can apply until 1 August. Domestic scholarships will be open from 1 July until 1 November 2016

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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

2017/2018 DAAD Scholarships for Students from Developing Countries

Applications are invited for DAAD scholarships from developing countries’ students. The scholarships are available for pursuing a postgraduate degree at German institutions of Higher education

Scholarship description

The DAAD promotes the training of specialists from development and newly industrialised countries with its development-oriented postgraduate study programmes. The DAAD supports over 100,000 German and international students und researchers around the globe each year – making it the world’s largest funding organisation of its kind

The last academic degree (usually a Bachelor’s degree) should have been completed no longer than six years previously. Scholarships are available to pursue a postgraduate degree at a state or state-recognised German university, and in exceptional cases to take a doctoral degree, and to obtain a university qualification (Master’s/PhD) in Germany

Eligibility

Scholarship criteria are:

  • Graduates must have at least two years’ professional experience
  • Candidates must fulfil the necessary academic requirements and can be expected to successfully complete a study programme in Germany (above-average result for first academic exam – top performance third, language skills)
  • Candidates must have a Bachelor degree (usually a four-year course) in an appropriate subject
  • Candidates must have at least two years’ professional experience
  • Candidates must prove that their motivation is development-related and be expected to take on social responsibility and initiate and support processes of change in their personal and professional environment after their training/scholarship

Students (on the DAC List of the OECD) from following developing countries can apply for this scholarship:

Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedona, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and Belarus

North Africa: Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia

Sub-Saharan Africa: Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ivory Coast (Côte D’Ivoire), Djibouti, Eritrea, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Kenya, Comoros, Congo, Congo, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Zambia, Sâo Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Somalia, St. Helena, Sudan, South Africa, Southern Sudan (new), Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Chad, Uganda and Central African Republic

North and Central America: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Cuba, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago

South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, Columbia, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela

Near and Middle East: Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian territories and Syria

South and Central Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tadzhikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan

East Asia: China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand, East Timor and Vietnam

OCEANIA: Cookie Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna

Value

  • Depending on academic level, monthly payments of 750 euros for graduates or 1,000 euros for doctoral candidates
  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover
  • Travel allowance, unless these expenses are covered by the home country or another source of funding

How to apply

The mode of applying is by post or electronically. Applicants can get the application form here

Required documents (in the following order):

  • DAAD application form
  • Hand-signed CV
  • Hand-signed letter of motivation (with reference to current occupation)
  • Research exposé (if required by university)
  • Academic letter/s of recommendation from your university; the letter must have a signature and office stamp and must be of recent date (not in a sealed envelope)
  • Professional letter/s of recommendation from your employer; the letter must have a signature and office stamp and must be of recent date (not in a sealed envelope)
  • Confirmation of employment from the employer in your home country and if possible, a guarantee of re-employment upon your return home
  • Proof of language abilities
  • English – IELTS or TOEFL (Note: Institutional TOEFL will not be accepted)
  • German – necessary for the courses taught in German; for the courses taught in English, if available
  • Copies of awarded academic degrees
  • Copies of academic transcripts
  • Copy of School Leaving Certificate
  • Note: Some courses may require additional documents. For detailed information, please see the relevant course description on the following pages. All documents must be submitted as identical duplicates.

Application deadline

Depending on chosen study programme; please check deadlines here.

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2016 Commonwealth Medical Fellowships for Students from Developing Commonwealth Countries

csc-header-websiteApplications are invited by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) for the 2016 Commonwealth Medical Fellowships for Students from Developing Commonwealth Countries. These Medical Fellowships are available for doctors and dentists from Developing Commonwealth Countries

Fellowship description

Commonwealth Medical Fellowships (Enhancing Clinical Skills) are offered for mid-career Medical and Dental staff from Developing Commonwealth Countries. These fellowships 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. You can apply for a Commonwealth Medical Fellowship to spend between three and six months at an approved UK university hospital, learning or improving a specific clinical skill. Fellows are expected to participate in clinical practice during their fellowship, and to register with the General Medical Council (GMC)/General Dental Council (GDC). If your proposed programme does not require this registration, your application will be considered ineligible

Eligibility

To apply for these fellowships, you must:

  • Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
  • Be employed by a hospital affiliated to a university
  • Be nominated to the CSC by an eligible institution
  • Be available to start your fellowship in the UK on 1 October 2016
  • Have qualified as a doctor or dentist between 1 October 2006 and 30 September 2009, or before 1 October 2001
  • Have met the English language requirements of the General Medical Council (GMC)/General Dental Council (GDC) by 15 April 2016

Citizens of these countries are eligible for these fellowships:

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Gambia, 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 fellowship 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)
  • Research support grant, payable to your host university hospital
  • Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,580 per month, or £1,959 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2015-2016 levels)
  • Reimbursement of the fee for a single English language test and the fee for General Medical Council (GMC)/ General Dental Council (GDC) registration
  • Arrival allowance
  • Study travel grant towards the costs of approved travel within the UK or overseas
  • If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, 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 solely legally responsible for them

Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:

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

How to apply

You must apply to one of the following nominating bodies in the first instance – the CSC does not accept direct applications for these fellowships:

  • Selected universities/medical colleges that are invited to nominate members of staff at affiliated hospitals
  • In Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka, through the national University Grants Commission
  • In Pakistan, through the Higher Education Commission.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Note: The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the EAS to a nominating body in your home country
  • Electronic Application System

Application deadline

The EAS will close to all applicants on 19 November 2015 and no further applications can be submitted after that date. The deadline for nominating bodies to submit nominations to the CSC is 17 December 2015

For more information and enquiries, click here

2016 Commonwealth Academic Fellowships in UK for Early-Career Academics

csc-header-websiteApplications are invited for the 2016 Commonwealth Academic Fellowships available for early-career academics from developing Commonwealth countries. These fellowships enable fellows to spend three months to network and update knowledge and skills related to their academic subject and responsibilities at any approved UK university or higher education institution

Fellowship description

Commonwealth Academic Fellowships are offered to early career academics from developing Commonwealth countries, to enable them spend between three and ten months undertaking research and updating their skills at a UK university. These fellowships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The purpose of Commonwealth Academic Fellowships is to provide an opportunity for Fellows to undertake a period of research, network, and update knowledge and skills related to their academic subject and responsibilities

Awards are tenable at any approved UK university or higher education institution, for between three and ten months. Justification must be given within the application for the length of award requested. All applications require an email or letter of support from an academic at the proposed

The CSC also invites alumni who held Commonwealth Scholarships for PhD to apply directly to the CSC for a Commonwealth Academic Fellowship. All eligible alumni will be sent a letter with details of how to apply. Fellowships provide early career academics with the opportunity to plan, conduct, or write research, to encourage applications from universities where capacity building is a priority, and to enhance knowledge, skills and contacts in Fellows’ given disciplines

Eligibility

To apply for a Commonwealth Academic Fellowship, candidates should:

  • Be Commonwealth citizens, refugees, or British protected persons
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
  • Be employed by a university in a developing Commonwealth country
  • Be available to commence their Fellowship in the United Kingdom on 1 October, 2016. Any other start date will only be permitted in exceptional circumstances
  • Have been awarded your PhD between two and ten years prior to October 2016
  • Not have previously held a Commonwealth Academic Fellowship within five years
  • Have been awarded your PhD by a UK university while on a Commonwealth Scholarship
  • Be in the employment of your nominating university

Citizens of the following developing Commonwealth countries are eligible for this fellowship:

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Gambia, 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 fellowship 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)
  • Research support grant, at a fixed rate according to your subject, payable to your host university
  • Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,580 per month, or £1,959 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2015-2016 levels)
  • Grant towards the cost of preparing reports and other written work
  • Arrival allowance
  • Study travel grant towards the costs of approved travel within the UK or overseas
  • If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, 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 solely legally responsible for them. The level of financial support provided through family allowances is under review and subject to change in both eligibility and rate

How to apply

  • If you have previously held a Commonwealth PhD Scholarship funded by the CSC and meet the eligibility criteria for these fellowships, you can apply directly to the CSC
  • Selected universities are also invited to nominate their own academic staff
  • If you are employed by one of these universities, you must apply via that institution in the first instance
  • You must check with your nominating university for their specific advice and rules for applying, and for their own closing date for applications
  • Applications must be submitted using the Commission’s Electronic Application System (EAS)
  • Your application must be endorsed by the Vice-Chancellor or Executive Head of the university that employs you
  • Unless you previously held a Commonwealth PhD Scholarship funded by the CSC, the CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via a nominating university
  • The CSC cannot accept nominations for these fellowships from other organisations, or applications directly from individuals (other than those who have previously held a Commonwealth PhD Scholarship funded by the CSC); such applications will not be acknowledged

Once received by the CSC, each candidate’s application is first considered by a member of the CSC’s panel of advisers with expertise in the subject area concerned, and then by the CSC’s selection committee in competition with other candidates. Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:

  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • The 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 via the EAS by 19 November, 2015 at the latest. The deadline for nominating universities to submit nominations to the CSC is 17 December, 2015.

For more information, enquiries and application, 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

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