Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship are aimed at talented individuals who have the potential to make change. Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are for candidates from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time Master’s study on selected courses, jointly supported by UK universities.
Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Shared Scholarships enable talented and motivated 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.
Purpose: To contribute to development needs of Commonwealth countries by providing training for skilled
and qualified professionals and academics who would not otherwise have been able to study in the UK.
Intended beneficiaries: High-quality postgraduate students who have not studied extensively overseas before,
who would not otherwise have the opportunity to study in the UK, and who have the potential to enhance the
development of their home countries with the knowledge and leadership skills they acquire
The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is one of the largest and most prestigious
international scholarship schemes in the world. Since it was established in 1959, 35,000 individuals have held a
Commonwealth Scholarship or Fellowship – 27,000 of them were funded by the UK government, through the
Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC). The CSC awards over 800 scholarships and fellowships for postgraduate study and professional development to Commonwealth citizens each year. The CSC’s Secretariat is provided by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, based in London; overseas services are provided by the British Council.
- United Kingdom
- Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID)
- Master’s Study
Fields 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
Click on List of eligible courses for more details.
Shared Scholarships are jointly funded by the CSC and participating UK universities. Each scholarship provides:
- Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,065 per month, or £1,306 per month for those studying at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2017-2018 levels) – paid and funded by the university
- 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) – arranged by the university; funded by the CSC
- Approved tuition and examination fees – funded by the CSC
- Warm clothing allowance, where applicable – paid and funded by the university
- Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas – claimed from and paid
by the university; funded by the CSC
- Excess baggage allowance, up to an annual approved limit, when returning home – claimed from and paid by
the university; funded by the CSC
- Reimbursement of the cost of a mandatory tuberculosis (TB) test, where required for a visa application (receipts must be supplied) – claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC
- Additional allowances for spouses or other dependents are not usually available.
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To apply for these scholarships, you must:
- Eligible Commonwealth countries
- Bangladesh | Cameroon | Ghana | Guyana | India | Kenya | Kiribati | Lesotho |Malawi
- Mozambique | Nigeria | Pakistan | Papua New Guinea | Rwanda | Samoa |Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands | Sri Lanka | Swaziland | Tanzania | Tuvalu | Uganda | Vanuatu | Zambia
- 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) standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
- Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high income country
- Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
Each participating UK university will conduct its own recruitment process to select a specified number of candidates to be awarded Commonwealth Shared Scholarships. Universities must put forward their selected candidates to the CSC by 17 May 2018. The CSC will then confirm that these candidates meet the eligibility criteria for this scheme. Universities will inform candidates of their results by July 2018.
Selection criteria include:
- Academic merit of the candidate
- Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country.
The deadline of the Commonwealth Scholarship is:
- 17th April, 2018