The Department for International Development is offering Commonwealth scholarships to international Masters Students to pursue their studies in the UK universities. About 250 scholarships will be awarded. Course of study chosen by an applicant must be relevant to the economic, social or technological development of the candidate’s home country. The deadline for scholarship application is April 16th 2014.
The Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are for taught Master’s courses only. All courses undertaken must be demonstrably relevant to the economic, social or technological development of the candidate’s home country. Awards are available at participating institutions in the UK only. Please note that participating universities are required to support the student stipend for the award holder (at the rate set by the UK government). The CSC funds the cost of tuition fees (at overseas rate), return airfares, and other allowances.
Applicants must meet the following requirements before applying for this scholarship:
- Hold a first degree at either first or upper second class level
- Be nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a developing Commonwealth country, and not currently be living or studying in a developed country.
- Be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the course
- Have not previously studied for one year or more in a developed country
- Be able to confirm in writing that neither they or their families would otherwise be able to pay for the proposed course of study
- Be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete
Fields of study
This scholarship is provided to study any course offered by a UK university at the masters’ level.
What the scholarship covers
Tuition fees and air fares to and from the UK are paid by the CSC and the maintenance allowance is paid by the scholar’s host institution, at the level set by the UK Government: £1,173 per month for scholars based in London and £948 per month for the rest of the UK. (October 2013 figures with an inflationary increase for 2014/15 academic year).
How to apply
There are different methods of sending an application. Kindly read through it below, and pick any one that applies to you.
All enquiries should be addressed to the university at which you wish to study and through which you should apply for a Shared Scholarship, not to the CSC. The university will advise you on eligibility issues and how to make an application. There are two options:
-Option 1: Most universities will handle advertising and recruitment directly using their own application form, and you should therefore apply to the university direct. Following their closing date for applications, the university will ask those candidates which it selects to complete the CSC’s application form using our Electronic Application System (EAS). Please note that candidates must complete their application via the EAS by 16 April 2014 at the latest, in order to be nominated to the CSC by their host university.
-Option 2: Some universities request all of their Shared Scholarship candidates to apply via the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS). You will be advised by the institution if this is the case, and should then access the EAS once. Applications must be submitted in time to meet the university’s own deadline, which will be made clear in the EAS and is listed in the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships prospectus 2014. (Where a university has not specified a closing date, you should contact the institution to ascertain the latest date that applications will be accepted.) Click here for more information on how to apply.
Scholarship application deadline
The deadline for scholarship application is April 16th 2014.