Commonwealth Split-Site Scholarships program is now accepting applications from low and middle-income Commonwealth countries. Split-Site Scholarships are for Ph.D. candidates who are currently enrolled in Ph.D. programs in their home country. These candidates must be from low and middle-income Commonwealth countries.
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.

Sponsored By:

Course Level:

  • Ph. D.  Program

Course Duration:

  • 12 months

Fields/Theme of Study:

  1. Science and technology for development
  2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  6. Access, inclusion and opportunity

Scholarships Value:
Each scholarship provides:

  • Tuition Fees
  • Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award
  • Warm clothing allowance, where applicable
  • Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
  • 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
  • CSC is also providing allowance to widowed, divorced, or a single parent.  Child allowance of £458 per month for the first child, and £112 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

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

  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be registered for a PhD at a university in your home country by the time your scholarship is confirmed. Your
    final qualification will be awarded by your home country university (not your proposed UK university). This
    scholarship will not support your period of study at your home country university.
  • Ensure that an institutional or departmental link exists between your home university and your proposed UK
    university. This link must be greater than simply a collaboration between individuals – see ‘Tenure and
    placement’ on page 4 for further details.
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in Sep/ Oct 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)
  • 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 Split-site Scholarships 2018 selection criteria
Required Documents:
You must have the following documents at the time of applying.

  • Supporting statement from your proposed supervisor at a UK university, highlighting current institutional links
  • Supporting statement from your supervisor at your home country university, highlighting current institutional links
  • Copy of your valid passport showing your photograph, date of birth, and country of citizenship
  • Reference from at least one other individual

How to Apply:
You have to apply through CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS). For more information about EAS, click on How to use the EAS

Application Deadline:

  • 15th February 2018 (For All applications, with full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications (with certified translations if not in English)
  • 19th February 2018 (For providing the supporting documents)

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