Commonwealth Scholarships regarding Master’s and PhD study in the UK are available for students of developing Commonwealth countries. These Scholarships are financed by the UK Department for international development (DFID), with the goal of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and broader overseas interests, assisting excellence in UK higher education, and retaining the principles of the commonwealth.
Students from developing countries who would not other wise be capable of study in UK can apply for Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for Master’s Study, Jointly supported by UK universities.
To contribute to the advancement needs of Commonwealth countries by giving training for experienced and qualified professionals and academics who would not otherwise have been capable to study in the UK.
High Quality postgraduate students who have not studied thoroughly overseas before, who would not otherwise get the chance to study in the UK, and who have the potential to improve the development of their home nations with the knowledge and leadership skills they attain.
Commonwealth shared Scholarships are available for determined trained Master’s courses, and are usually tenable for one year only. These Scholarships do not cover undergraduate courses, PhD study, or any presessional English Language teaching.
To Apply for these Scholarships Candidate Must
• Be Citizen of Commonwealth country, refugee, or British protected person.
• Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country.
• Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/ October 2016.
• By August 2016, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honors standard.
• Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a developed country.
• Be unable, either yourself or through your family, to pay to study in the UK.
The CSC promotes equivalent chances, gender equity, and the cultural exchange. Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates. The CSC is devoted to administering and managing its scholarships and fellowships in a reasonable and transparent way.
Each contributing UK university will perform its own recruitment process to choose a specific number of students for shared Scholarships. Universities must put forward their selected candidates to the CSC by 29 April 2016. The CSC will then confirm that these candidates meet the eligibility criteria for this scheme. Universities will inform candidates of their results by July 2016.
Selection criteria include:
• Academic merit of the candidate
• Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country.
How to Apply:
You can apply to study an eligible Master’s course at a UK University that is participating in the shared Scholarship scheme. List of participating universities and eligible courses are available here
You must make your application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System(EAS). Information how to use EAS available here
Before applying, you must check with your UK university for their specific advice and rules for applying and for their own closing date for application. List of Contect detail available here
You can apply for more than one course and to more than one university, but you may only accept one offer of a shared Scholarship. The CSC will not accept any application that are not submitted via the EAS to your UK university or applications directly from individuals.
All applications should be submitted by 23.59(BST) on 1 April 2016 at the latest. Each university has its own closing date for application, and most fall before 1 April 2016, you must submit your application by the date advised by your UK university.