Application are now opened for the Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships. The program aims to contribute to the UK’s international development and wider overseas interests, to support excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth. The program is available for High-quality postgraduate students who wish to access training not available in their home countries, who wish or need to remain in their home country while they study, and who have the potential to enhance the development of their home countries with the knowledge and leadership skills they acquire.
Fully funded by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are offered for citizens of certain developing Commonwealth countries. This scholarship program 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 United Kingdom for financial and other reasons.
- Scholarships 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.
- Host Institution: Eligible United Kingdom universities.
- Number of awards: Not specified.
- Duration: Selected program duration.
- Target group: Open to citizens or persons with refugee status of Bangladesh, Cameroon, Eswatini, The Gambia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu and Zambia.
Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships Benefits
Selected candidates for this Commonwealth Scholarship will be provided with tuition fees and study grants, where required. Other scholarships, awards, or bursaries that cover the same costs may not be held concurrently.
Participating Universities and Eligible Courses
Below is the full list of participating universities and eligible courses.
- University of Southampton : MSc Neonatology
- Bangor University : MSc Tropical Forestry, MSc Agroforestry and Food Security
- Ulster University : MSc Environmental Toxicology & Pollution Monitoring
- University of Edinburgh : MSc Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health, MSc Conservation Medicine, MSc Global Health and Infectious Disease, MSc International Animal Health, MSc International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law, MSc One Health
- University of Manchester : MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development
- University of St Andrews : MSc Sustainable Aquaculture
- University of Birmingham : MSc International Development (Conflict, Security and Development)
- University of Oxford :MSt in International Human Rights Law
- Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine : MSc Global Health
- Queen Mary, University of London : MSc Cancer and Clinical Oncology, MSc Cancer and Therapeutics, MSc Emergency and Resuscitation Medicine, MSc Endocrinology and Diabetes,MSc Gastroenterology, MSc Orthopaedic Trauma Science, MSc Trauma Sciences (Military and Humanitarian)
- The University of Manchester : Master of Public Health
- University of Dundee : MSc Nursing, MSc Infection Prevention and Control
- University of Edinburgh : MSc Clinical Education,MSc Global Challenges, MSc Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Master of Public Health, Master of Family Medicine, MSc Surgical Sciences, ChM in General Surgery, ChM Trauma & Orthopaedics, ChM in Urology, ChM in Vascular & Endovascular Surgery
- University of Edinburgh : MSc in the Clinical Management of Pain
- University of Lancaster : MSc in Medical Leadership, MSc in Leadership Practice (Healthcare Service Improvement)
- University of Stirling : MSc in Dementia Studies
- University of Strathclyde : MSc Prosthetic & Orthotic Rehabilitation Studies, MSc Prosthetic Rehabilitation Studies, MSc Orthotic Rehabilitation Studies, MSc Rehabilitation Studies (Access information for the above courses)
- University of Edinburgh : MSc Carbon Management (2 yr), MSc Carbon Management (3 yr) (Access information for the above courses).
Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships Eligibility
The CSC aims to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make change. To qualify for the Scholarship, Applicants must meet be:
- a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
- permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
- 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.
- unable to afford to study the program without this scholarship.
- Harvard University Online Courses For All (Free Access);
- David and Molly Pyott Scholarships in Ophthalmology;
- Yesbud University Scholarships for Undergraduate, Master and PhD;
- Online Master In Clinical Management of Pain Scholarship;
- Tuition Free American Degrees at University of the People.
Eligible applicants must apply to study an eligible master’s course at a UK university that is participating in the Distance Learning scheme. You must also apply and secure admission to your university 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.
Furthermore, you must make your application using the CSC’s online application system (use the apply button below), 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.
Candidates 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. Your application must include the following supporting documentation by 17:00 (BST) on 10 May 2021 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:
- At least one reference– submitted directly by the referee to the online application system (referees will be sent an email request)
- An offer letter to start their chosen course of study in the 2021-2022 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.
All applications must be submitted by 17:00 (BST) on at the latest. For more details about the Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships, please visit the official page. To be the first to see latest opportunities, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.