2014 Applications are now open for the CSC Commonwealth Scholarships for Masters and PhD students from developing Commonwealth countries to study in UK, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
What are the accepted subject areas?
All subject areas are accepted, though the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to applications that demonstrate strong relevance to development.
At what study level?
You can apply for the following levels of study:
Master’s (from 2013, the CSC funds one-year Master’s courses only), PhD, and split-site-PhD (where the CSC supports one year’s study at a UK university as part of a PhD being undertaken in your home country)
You are requested to apply for a course of study at a UK university with which the CSC has a part funding agreement.
Brief scholarship description
Each year, the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission invites each nominating agency, university or university body to forward a specific number of nominations for the commonwealth scholarship for developing countries. Each nominating agency/university/university body is responsible for its own selection process, and in most cases they will set a closing date in the months preceding the CSC’s deadline for nominations (17 December 2013).
There is a nominating agency for Commonwealth Scholarships in each Commonwealth country.
There is a nominating agency for Commonwealth Scholarships in each Commonwealth country. In addition, universities and university bodies in a number of developing Commonwealth countries are invited to nominate candidates to the CSC.
What is the selection criteria?
Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:
- Academic merit of the candidate
- Quality of the proposal
- Likely impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country
Who is qualified to apply?
Masters and PhD students from developing countries
What is the total number of awards?
Approximately 300 scholarships are awarded each year. The CSC invites around three times more nominations than scholarships available – therefore, nominated candidates are not guaranteed to get 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 universities/university bodies, and the same standards will be applied to applications made through either channel.
What is the scholarship duration?
For the duration of the programme
Applicants from which country can apply?
Developing commonwealth countries including African countries
Where will scholarship be taken?
What is the application application deadline?
The EAS will close to applicants on 3 December 2013 and no further applications can be made after that date.
How can I apply?
All applications must be made through your nominating agency (or university/university body, if applicable) in your home country. You must check with them in the first instance for specific advice on how to make an application and for their own closing date. The CSC cannot accept any applications direct from candidates. Click here for more information on how to apply
Who is the scholarship sponsor?
Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) and UK Department for International Development (DFID).
Find here a list of UK universities which have part funding agreements with the CSC