2017/2018 Commonwealth Master’s and Phd Scholarships for Developing Commonwealth Countries

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Commonwealth Scholarships

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) awards over 900 scholarships and fellowships for postgraduate study and professional development to Commonwealth citizens each year.

The CSC aims to contribute to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, support excellence in UK higher education, and sustain the principles of the Commonwealth. Candidates are selected on the basis of merit and their potential to contribute to the needs of their home countries.

Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.

Sponsor: Commonwealth Scholarship Commission

Scholarship Benefits

  • Airfare to and from United Kingdom
  • Tuition and examination fees
  • Personal maintaining allowance
  • Thesis grant (if applicable)
  • Initial arrival allowance

Deadline

November 15, 2016

Eligibility           

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a Commonwealth citizen, 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 2017
  • By October 2017, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)

Guidelines

To apply for the 2017/2018 Commonwealth Scholarships you’re required to note the following:

  1. Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:
  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Quality of the plan of study
  • Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country
  1. You must provide the following supporting documentation to be received by the CSC by 6 January 2017 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:
  • References from at least two individuals
  • Transcripts
  • For PhD candidates only, supporting statement from a proposed supervisor in the UK from at least one of the institutions named on your application form
  1. You must make an application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS), in addition to any other application form that you are required to complete by your nominating body. Click here for full information on how to use the EAS, including detailed guides.

Note that it’s important to read guidelines on application thoroughly before you apply.

For more information: Check Scholarship official page.

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