Brief Description:
Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are accepting applications for a year 2018.  Thes PhD Scholarships are for candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university.
It is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID. The Commonwealth Ph.D. Scholarships aim to help dedicated, motivated and talented individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.
Host Country:

  • United Kingdom

Host Institution:

  • Click here to check the full list of part funding agreements with the CSC for Commonwealth Scholarships for candidates from low and middle income countries:

Host Organisation:

  • Common Wealth

Course Level:

  • Full time Doctoral Study

Field/Theme of study:
These scholarships are offered under six themes:

  • Science and technology for development
  • Strengthening health systems and capacity
  • Promoting global prosperity
  • Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  • Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  • Access, inclusion and opportunity

Course Duration:

  • Three – year PhD and Four-year PhD

Scholarships Value:

  • Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award
  • Approved tuition fees
  • Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,065 per month, or £1,306 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area
  • Warm clothing allowance, where applicable
  • Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
  • Provision towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas (usually the cost of one economy class return airfare to your fieldwork location), where approved
  • 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)
  • Family allowances

Eligibility Criteria:
To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  •  Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2018
  • By October 2018, 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)
  • NOT be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university before September/October 2018
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

Selection Process:
Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:

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

For further details, see the Commonwealth PhD Scholarships 2018 selection criteria at
How to Apply:
You have to apply one of the following nominating bodies in the first instance.

Note: the CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships:
Application Deadline:

  • 22 February 2018

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