Application for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Programme is now open. The programme 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 UK.
- 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 UK universities
- Number of awards: Not specified.
- Duration: Selected programme 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 £1,110 per month, or £1,362 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2019-2020 levels);
- 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;
- If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of £476 per month for the first child, and £117 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 2019 – 2020 levels).
Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Eligibility
To qualify for the Scholarship, Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
- 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 2020
- 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). The CSC typically does not 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.
- 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.
Candidates will be selected using the following criteria:
- Academic merit of the candidate
- Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country
Those who would like to apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships, you must follow steps below:
Step 1: You should apply to study one of the taught Master’s courses offered in the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship scheme.
Step 2: 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.
Step 3: 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 allyour 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.
Supporting documentation uploaded to the online application system must not be more than 5 MB in size and must be in PDF, .doc, .docx, .odt, .jpg, .jpeg. Files submitted in any other format (including Zip files and PDF Portfolios) will NOT be accepted. For more detail on the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships, please visit the official page.