Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships are for candidates from low- and middle-income Commonwealth countries, to undertake full-time taught Master’s study at a UK university. Fully funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), the Commonwealth Master’s 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.
Applicants must take the necessary steps to apply for admission to their preferred universities in advance of their scholarship applications. Candidates should check course requirements and admission deadlines, and apply on time. If you are selected for a scholarship and have not applied and been accepted for the course(s) for which you are selected, your scholarship will be lost.
Applicants should be aware of the fact that the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission (CSC) does not charge candidates to apply for any of its scholarships or fellowships through its online application system, and it does not charge organizations to nominate candidates. This post is only for master’s degree program applicants. If you wish to apply for a doctoral program, please click on the Commonwealth PhD Scholarships for Least Developed Countries.
- Host Institution: Universities in the United Kingdom (Please check full list below).
- Fields of Study: Scholarships are offered under six development 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).
- Number of awards: Not specified.
- Duration: Applicant’s program normal duration.
- Target group: Open to citizens or persons with refugee status of Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon, Dominica, Eswatini, Fiji, Gabon, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Helena, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia.
Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships Benefits
This scholarship to study in Europe provides successful applicants with:
- 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 dependents, nor the cost of journeys made before your award is confirmed)
- Approved tuition fees
- Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,347 per month, or £1,652 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at current levels).
- Warm clothing allowance, where applicable
- Study travel grant towards the cost of study – related travel within the UK or overseas
- If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, a child allowance of £576.61 per month for the first child, and £143 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 (rates quoted at current levels).
- If you declare a disability, a full assessment of your needs and eligibility for additional financial support will be offered by the CSC.
Note : The Commonwealth Scholarships Commission’s family allowances are intended to only be used as a contribution towards the cost of maintaining your family in the UK. The true costs are likely to be considerably higher. You must be able to supplement these allowances to support any family members who come to the UK with you.
Participating Universities in the Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships
Below is the list of universities that have part funding agreements with the CSC for Commonwealth Scholarships for candidates from low- and middle-income countries:
- Aberystwyth University
- Aston University
- Bangor University
- Bath Spa University
- Birkbeck, University of London
- Birmingham City University
- Brunel University London
- Cardiff University
- City, University of London
- Coventry University
- Cranfield University
- Durham University
- Glasgow Caledonian University
- Goldsmiths, University of London
- Harper Adams University
- Heriot-Watt University
- Imperial College London
- Keele University
- King’s College London
- Kingston University
- Lancaster University
- Leeds Beckett University
- Liverpool Hope University
- Liverpool John Moores University
- Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
- London School of Economics and Political Science
- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- London South Bank University
- Loughborough University
- Manchester Metropolitan University
- Newcastle University
- Northumbria University
- Nottingham Trent University
- Open University
- Oxford Brookes University
- Plymouth University
- Queen Mary, University of London
- Queen’s University Belfast
- Robert Gordon University
- Royal Agricultural University
- Royal Holloway, University of London
- Royal Veterinary College
- Sheffield Hallam University
- SOAS, University of London
- St George’s, University of London
- Swansea University
- Teesside University
- Ulster University
- University College London
- University of Aberdeen
- University of Bath
- University of Birmingham
- University of Bradford
- University of Bristol
- University of Cambridge
- University of Central Lancashire
- University of Chester
- University of Dundee
- University of East Anglia
- University of East London
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Essex
- University of Exeter
- University of Glasgow
- University of Greenwich
- University of Huddersfield
- University of Hull
- University of Kent
- University of Leeds
- University of Leicester
- University of Lincoln
- University of Liverpool
- University of Manchester
- University of Northampton
- University of Nottingham
- University of Oxford
- University of Portsmouth
- University of Reading
- University of Roehampton
- University of St Andrews
- University of Salford
- University of Sheffield
- University of Southampton
- University of Stirling
- University of Strathclyde
- University of Surrey
- University of Sussex
- University of the West of England
- University of Warwick
- University of Westminster
- University of West London
- University of Wolverhampton
- University of Worcester
- University of York
Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships Eligibility
To qualify for this Europe scholarship, applicants must 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
- available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September 2024
- By September 2024, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honors standard, or a lower second-class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree). The CSC would not normally fund a second UK Master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you will need to provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study
- unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
- able to provide all supporting documentation in the required format.
Candidates for the Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships will be selected using the following criteria:
- Academic merit of the candidate
- Quality of the plan of study
- Potential impact on the development of the candidate’s home country
- Mohamed Bin Zayed University Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence.
- NTUST International Student Scholarship;
- University of Toronto Admission Scholarships for International Students.
How to Apply for the Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships?
To apply for the Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships, you must apply to one of the following nominating bodies in the first instance. The CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships:
- National nominating agencies – this is the main route of application
- Selected non-governmental organizations and charitable bodies
All applications must be made through one of these nominating bodies. Each nominating body is responsible for its own selection process and may have additional eligibility criteria. You must check with your nominating body for their specific advice and rules for applying, their own eligibility criteria, and their own closing date for applications.
You must make your application using the CSC’s online application system (Click on the Apply button below), in addition to any other application that you are required to complete by your nominating body. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the online application system. All applications must be submitted by 16:00 (GMT) on 17 October 2023 at the latest.
You are advised to complete and submit your application as soon as possible, as the online application system will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline. References must be submitted by the application deadline. The nomination deadline is December 2023. You should also apply to study at a UK university which has a part funding agreement with the CSC.
Your application must include the following supporting documentation in order for your application to be eligible for consideration.
- Proof that you are a citizen or have refugee status of an eligible Commonwealth country: a 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
- Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications including to-date transcripts for any qualifications you are currently studying (with certified translations if not in English) – uploaded to the online application system
- References from at least two individuals – submitted directly by the referees to the online application system (referees will be sent an email request to submit online).
Note : It is your responsibility to ensure that your referees are able to complete the references by the deadline and that they receive the reference requests. The CSC will not accept supporting documentation submitted by nominating agencies or outside the online application system.
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