Application for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Program is now open. The program is 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 United Kingdom.
Since it was established in 1959, over 30,000 individuals have held a Commonwealth Scholarship or Fellowship – 28,500 of them were funded by the UK government, through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC). The CSC awards around 700 scholarships and fellowships for postgraduate study and professional development to Commonwealth citizens each year.
- 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 Shared Scholarships Benefits
The Commonwealth Shared Scholarships provides successful applicants with:
- 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 £1,116 per month, or £1,369 per month for those studying at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2020-2021 levels) – paid and funded by the university;
- Warm clothing allowance, where applicable;
- Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable;
- Excess baggage allowance, up to an annual approved limit, when returning home;
- Study travel grant towards the cost of study – related travel within the UK or overseas;
- £1,116 per month, or £1,369 per month for those studying at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2020-2021 levels) – paid and funded by the university.
Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Eligibility
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
- available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2020
- unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship.
- by September 2020, 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
Those who would like to apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships, you must follow steps below:
- You should apply to study one of the taught Master’s courses offered in the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship scheme.
- You must take the necessary steps to secure admission to your course at the same time as applying for a Shared Scholarship. You must check with your chosen university for their specific advice, admission requirements, and rules for applying.
- You must make your Shared Scholarship application using the CSC’s online application system, 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.
- Proof of citizenship or refugee status – 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
- References from at least two individuals – you must submit referee details on the online application system.
The application deadline for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships is . For more details about scholarships per universities and benefits, please read 2020 brochure and visit the official page. To be the first to see latest opportunities, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.