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Commonwealth 2021 Master’s Scholarships For Full Time Study - UK

Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships are for candidates from eligible low and middle income Commonwealth countries, to undertake full-time taught Master's study at a UK university. 

Funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), 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.

Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships are offered under six development themes:

  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

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The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) provides the main UK government scholarship scheme led by international development objectives. The CSC is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for International Development (DFID). The CSC operates within the framework of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) and is a vivid demonstration of the UK�s enduring commitment to the Commonwealth. By supporting innovators and leaders of the future from across the Commonwealth, and by attracting outstanding talent to Britain�s universi... read more


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CSC Masters Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of CSC Masters Scholarship

Each scholarship provides:

  1. 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 dependants, nor the cost of journeys made before your award is confirmed)
  2. Approved tuition fees
  3. Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,116 per month, or £1,369 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2020-2021 levels)
  4. Warm clothing allowance, where applicable
  5. Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable
  6. Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
  7. If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of £480 per month for the first child, and £118 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 2020-2021 levels) I
  8. f you declare a disability, a full assessment of your needs and eligibility for additional financial support will be offered by the CSC

Requirements for CSC Masters Scholarship Qualification

To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  1. Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  2. Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  3. Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September 2021
  4. By September 2021, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree (2:2) 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
  5. NOT be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university or in your home country before September/October 2021
  6. Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
  7. Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format

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Interview date, Process and Venue for CSC Masters Scholarship

Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:

  1. Academic merit of the candidate
  2. Quality of the plan of study
  3. Potential impact on the development of the candidate’s home country

For further details, see the Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships 2021 selection criteria.


Application Deadline

January 18, 2021


How to Apply

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You must apply to one of the following nominating bodies in the first instance – the CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships:

  1. National nominating agencies – this is the main route of application
  2. Selected non-governmental organisations and charitable 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, 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.

For more details, visit CSC website



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