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Commonwealth Scholarships for Masters and PhD Students - UK 2020

Application is now open for the CSC Commonwealth Scholarships for Masters and PhD students from developing Commonwealth countries to study in UK.

The scholarship is being funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and is awarded to aspiring PhD and Master's students from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, to attend full-time taught PhD and Master’s study at a UK university.

The Commonwealth PhD and Master’s Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are available for those students who cannot afford to study in the UK without the support from the scholarship.

These scholarships are offered under six 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


Although all subject areas are eligible for the scholarship, the CSC’s selection criteria prioritizes applications that demonstrate strong relevance to development.

To be considered for this scholarship, you must be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country (Nigeria is one)or be a British Protected Person. You must also be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country.

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About Common wealth Scholarships

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 universities... read more


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Common wealth Scholarships PhD Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of Common wealth Scholarships PhD 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 usually the cost of journeys made before your award is finally confirmed)
  2. Approved tuition and examination fees
  3. Stipend (living allowance)
  4. Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable
  5. Warm clothing allowance, where applicable
  6. Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
  7. For PhD Scholars, fieldwork grant towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas (usually the cost of one economy class return airfare to your fieldwork location), where approved
  8. For PhD Scholars, paid mid-term visit (airfare) to your home country (unless you have claimed (or intend to claim) spouse and/or child allowances during your scholarship, or have received a return airfare to your home country for fieldwork)
  9. Family allowances, as follows (rates quoted at 2019-2020 levels):
    1. If you are accompanied by your spouse but no children: spouse allowance of £233 per month
      for a maximum period of nine months, if you and your spouse are living together at the same
      address in the UK (unless your spouse is also in receipt of a scholarship; other conditions
      also apply)
    2. If you are accompanied by your spouse and children: spouse allowance of £233 per month
      and child allowance of £233 per month for the first child, and £114 per month for the second
      and third child under the age of 16, if your spouse and children are living with you at the same
      address in the UK (unless your spouse is also in receipt of a scholarship; other conditions
      also apply)
    3. If you are accompanied by your children but no spouse: child allowance of £465 per month for
      the first child, and £114 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if your
      children are living with you at the same address in the UK

Requirements for Common wealth Scholarships PhD 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/October 2020
  4. By September 2020, 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 (a Master’s degree)
  5. NOT be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university before September/October 2020
  6. NOT have commenced and be currently registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, in your home country or elsewhere
  7. Have the support of a potential supervisor from at least one UK university listed in your application form
  8. Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format
  9. Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

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Interview date, Process and Venue for Common wealth Scholarships PhD Scholarship

Selection Criteria: Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:

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

Selection process

Each year, the CSC invites selected nominating bodies to submit a specific number of nominations. The deadline for nominating bodies to submit nominations to the CSC is 18 December 2019

The CSC invites around three times more nominations than scholarships available – therefore, nominated candidates are not guaranteed to be awarded a scholarship. There are no quotas for scholarships for any individual country. Candidates nominated by national nominating agencies are in competition with those nominated by other nominating bodies, and the same standards will be applied to applications made through either channel.

Duration of Scholarships: 12 months for Masters


Application Deadline

October 30, 2019

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Common wealth Scholarships Masters Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of Common wealth Scholarships 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 usually the cost of journeys made before your award is finally confirmed)
  2. Approved tuition and examination fees
  3. Stipend (living allowance)
  4. Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable
  5. Warm clothing allowance, where applicable
  6. Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
  7. For PhD Scholars, fieldwork grant towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas (usually the cost of one economy class return airfare to your fieldwork location), where approved
  8. For PhD Scholars, paid mid-term visit (airfare) to your home country (unless you have claimed (or intend to claim) spouse and/or child allowances during your scholarship, or have received a return airfare to your home country for fieldwork)
  9. Family allowances, as follows (rates quoted at 2019-2020 levels):
    1. If you are accompanied by your spouse but no children: spouse allowance of £233 per month
      for a maximum period of nine months, if you and your spouse are living together at the same
      address in the UK (unless your spouse is also in receipt of a scholarship; other conditions
      also apply)
    2. If you are accompanied by your spouse and children: spouse allowance of £233 per month
      and child allowance of £233 per month for the first child, and £114 per month for the second
      and third child under the age of 16, if your spouse and children are living with you at the same
      address in the UK (unless your spouse is also in receipt of a scholarship; other conditions
      also apply)
    3. If you are accompanied by your children but no spouse: child allowance of £465 per month for
      the first child, and £114 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if your
      children are living with you at the same address in the UK

Requirements for Common wealth Scholarships 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/October 2020
  4. By September 2020, 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. Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
  6. Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format

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Interview date, Process and Venue for Common wealth Scholarships Masters Scholarship

Selection Criteria: Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:

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

Selection process

Each year, the CSC invites selected nominating bodies to submit a specific number of nominations. The deadline for nominating bodies to submit nominations to the CSC is 18 December 2019

The CSC invites around three times more nominations than scholarships available – therefore, nominated candidates are not guaranteed to be awarded a scholarship. There are no quotas for scholarships for any individual country. Candidates nominated by national nominating agencies are in competition with those nominated by other nominating bodies, and the same standards will be applied to applications made through either channel.

Duration of Scholarships: 12 months for Masters


Application Deadline

October 30, 2019


How to Apply

Use the link(s) below to apply on organisation website.

 

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 universities/university bodies, which can nominate their own academic staff
  3. Selected non-governmental organisations 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, 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 30 October 2019 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.

Your application must include the following supporting documentation, by 16:00 (GMT) on 20 November 2019in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:

  1. Proof of citizenship or refugee status – uploaded to the online application system
  2. 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
  3. References from at least two individuals – submitted directly by the referees to the online application system (referees will be sent an email request)
  4. Supporting statement from a proposed supervisor in the UK from at least one of the institutions named on your application form -– submitted directly by your proposed supervisor to the online application system (supervisors will be sent an email request).

It is your responsibility to ensure that your referees and proposed supervisor(s) are able to complete the references and supporting statements by the deadline and that they receive the reference and statement requests.

The CSC will not accept supporting documentation submitted by nominating agencies or outside the online application system.


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