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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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