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

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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

To visit the scholarships website, click here

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2015 Canon Collins Scholarship for Distance Learning Master of Laws (LLM) Program in UK

canon collinsApplications are invited for Canon Collins Trust and University of London Scholarships for Master of Laws by distance learning in the UK. This scholarship is open to nationals of South Africa, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia only.

Scholarship description

These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of University of London International Programmes which shall waive full tuition and examination entry fees for four scholarship recipients. Local examination fees are not included. Scholarship recipients have between 1 to 5 years to complete the LLM, and continued registration on the course is dependent upon satisfactory progress and academic reports. University of London International Programmes and Canon Collins Trust will jointly select the recipients of this award. This year (2015), there are four scholarships to be offered for a period of 1 to 5 years

Eligibility

Applicants for this scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a national of South Africa, Malawi, Zimbabwe or Zambia
  • Must be a normal resident in one of these four countries
  • Must be in possession of a good first degree in any field
  • Must currently be employed in full or part-time work
  • Must be able to commit a minimum of 10 hours to study per week.

Value

These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of the University of London, who will waiver full tuition and examination entry fees for four scholarship recipients. Local examination fees are not included. Scholarship recipients have between 1 to 5 years to complete the LLM, and continued registration on the course is dependent upon satisfactory progress and academic reports

How to apply

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting documentation:

  • ID document (the following are acceptable: passport, birth certificate, driver’s license)
  • Certified academic transcripts
  • Certified degree certificates
  • Reference letters from two referees
  • A copy of your two most recent payslips

In selecting scholars, the Canon Collins Trust will apply a number of criteria including academic merit, work experience, need and the potential to contribute to southern Africa’s future prosperity. We are looking for future leaders in their fields and therefore demonstrable leadership qualities are important. Applicants for all 2015 scholarship programmes will be assessed on the basis of the information that they supply on their application form against the criteria outlined below:

  • Academic Record and References Applicants should have a minimum of a good second class (2:1) undergraduate degree (in any field, not necessarily law) and excellent references. Applicants with a first class degree will have a distinct advantage
  • Work Experience: We favour applications where there is a demonstrable continuity between the applicant’s current profession, career ambitions and this course of study
  • Relevance: We favour applicants who can describe why this choice of course fits with their ambitions to make a difference in their sector. Please note that applicants need to be clear on their intended area of specialisation, and be able to articulate how this will enable them to meet their career goals
  • Leadership Competencies: Applicants will be asked to demonstrate how they have developed their leadership skills in the workplace, academia or in their personal life. Priority will be given to those who can describe an occasion/s in which they have used their skills to formulate a shared vision or strategy, build strategic relationships and networks, support peers and mentor others, and/or deliver results that have led to innovation and step changes. Canon Collins places a great deal of emphasis upon the leadership potential of individuals
  • Commitment to Country/Community: We will favour applicants who most clearly show a desire to be part of and to contribute to the future prosperity of southern Africa
  • Application form: the application form matters. Applicants should:
  • Demonstrate a good command of the English language
  • Answer all of the questions properly and completely; and
  • Complete the application and deliver all supporting documents in a timely manner.

All notifications will be by email so please make sure you provide an accurate email address in November 2015

Application deadline

The application deadline is 15 September, 2015

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

2015/2016 H.E. Dr Issa Ghanim Jassim Al-Kawari Scholarship at SOAS University of London, UK

Applications are invited from UK/EU and Overseas applicants for the 2015/2016 H.E. Dr Issa Ghanim Jassim Al-Kawari Scholarship at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London, UK. The scholarship offers the beneficiary the opportunity to undertake taught masters programme at SOAS, for the September 2015 academic year.

Scholarship description

The Dr Issa Ghanim Jassim Al-Kawari Scholarship at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London, UK is offered to both UK/EU and International Students. Applicants for this scholarship must possess a First Class Honours degree, from a UK institution or overseas equivalent.

Students offered this scholarship must take it up in 2015/16.  It cannot be carried forward to a later year.

The scholarship is awarded for Near Eastern Languages in the Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East, Arabic Literature in the Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East, Economics with reference to the Middle East in the Department of Economics, Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, History of Arts and Architecture of the Islamic Middle East in the Department of History of Art and Archaeology, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Islamic Societies and Cultures in the Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East, Islamic Studies (in the Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East), Media and the Middle East in the Centre for Media Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Middle Eastern Politics in the Department of Politics and International Studies, Faculty of Law and Social Sciences and Near and Middle Eastern Studies in the Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East.

Eligibility

Applicants for this scholarship must possess the following criteria:

  • First Class Honours degree, from a UK institution or overseas equivalent
  • Evidence in the statement of their admission application of:
  • Their motivation and commitment to their chosen programme
  • Their leadership potential and demonstrated engagement in their community and the world beyond
  • Why they would be unable to fund their studies without this scholarship
  • An offer of admission to pursue one of the eligible full-time programmes at SOAS by the scholarship application deadline
  • English language condition of their offer of admission to study at SOAS as soon as possible but no later than 1 June 2015. If your offer is conditional on English, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirements as soon as possible.

Note: the scholarship is open to UK/EU and Overseas applicants but cannot be held along with any other major scholarship or studentship.

Value

The total value of the scholarship is £25,000. Fees will be deducted from this amount and the remainder can be used toward maintenance.

How to apply

The two-step procedures for application for this scholarship are:

Candidates will be assessed by a Selection Panel comprising of at least 3 academic members of staff: on academic merit and promise. The statement of financial need will also be taken into consideration; on candidate’s motivation and commitment to their chosen programme and on candidate’s leadership potential and demonstrated engagement in his/her community and the world beyond. The assessment of the application will be based on the information in the scholarship application and in the on-line application for admission. Selectors will be looking at the degree results and also at academic references, statements and other relevant information.

Successful candidates will be notified by the end of July. If you have not heard by the end of July, you should assume that your application was unsuccessful.

Application deadline

The application deadline is 20 March, 2015.

For further information and enquiries, please visit

https://www.soas.ac.uk/registry/scholarships/he-dr-issa-ghanim-jassim-al-kawari-scholarship.html