The Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships 2019, UK is now open for applications. The Commonwealth Scholarships are offered to citizens from low middle income 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.

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those unable to study in the UK for financial and other reasons.

The purpose of the Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship in Uk is to contribute to development needs of Commonwealth countries by providing training for skilled and qualified professionals in key development areas.

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships support courses offered in partnership with local providers in developing countries, as well as courses delivered directly by UK universities.

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships Details:

Host Country:

  • United Kingdom

Funded By:

  • UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Course Level:

  • Master Degree Programs

Scholarship Value:

  • Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships provide full tuition fees and all other compulsory costs of studying a UK Master’s programme by distance learning. This includes the full cost of any residential components of a course.

Eligibility Criteria:

The university is responsible for ensuring its candidates meet the CSC’s eligibility criteria. To apply for these scholarships, candidates must:

  • Be a citizen of, or be granted refugee status in, an eligible developing Commonwealth country (see overleaf), or be a British Protected Person;
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country (see overleaf);
  • Hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard. A lower qualification and sufficient relevant experience may be considered in certain cases;
  • Be unable to afford to study the programme without this scholarship.
  • Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships may not be held concurrently for more than one course.
  • If selected for a scholarship, candidates must be resident and remain in an eligible developing Commonwealth country and must not undertake study towards any other qualification for the duration of their award.

Eligible Countries:

  • Bangladesh, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ghana, Guyana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, The Gambia, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia

How to Apply for Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships?

You should apply to study an eligible Master’s course at a UK university that is participating in the Distance Learning scheme. Click here for a list of participating universities and eligible courses.

You must also secure admission to your course in addition to applying for a Distance Learning Scholarship. You must check with your chosen university for their specific advice on when to apply, admission requirements, and rules for applying. You must make your application using the CSC’s online application system, in addition to any other application that you are required to complete by your chosen university. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the online application system.

You can apply for more than one course and/or to more than one university, but you may only accept one offer of a Distance Learning Scholarship.

All applications must be submitted by midday 12.00 PM (BST) on 22 March 2019 at the latest.

Your application must include the following supporting documentation by 12:00 PBST) on 5 April 2019 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:

  • Copy of your valid passport or national ID card showing your photograph, date of birth, and country of citizenship – uploaded to the online application system
  • At least one reference – submitted directly by the referee to the online application system. Referees will be sent an email request however applicants are responsible for seeking permission from their referees in advance of submitting their application; for ensuring that their referees are available to complete the reference by the deadline; and that the referees have received the reference request email.
  • An offer letter to start your chosen course of study in the 2019-2020 academic year – uploaded to the online application system
  • Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications (with certified translations if not in English) – uploaded to the online application system

The CSC will not accept supporting documentation submitted outside the online application system.

Supporting documentation uploaded to the online application system must be uploaded as files that are no more than 5 MB in size and must be in one of the following formats: PDF, .doc, .docx, .odt, .jpg, .jpeg. Files submitted in any other format (including Zip files and PDF Portfolios) will NOT be accepted.

Selection Process:

Each participating UK University will conduct its own recruitment process to nominate a specified number of candidates to be awarded Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships. Universities must put forward their nominations to the CSC by 29th April 2019. The CSC will confirm results to universities in July 2019.

Selection criteria include:

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

Application Deadline:

  • All applications must be submitted by midday 12.00 PM (BST) on 22 March 2019 at the latest.

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