The 2016/2017 Commonwealth Scholarship Program is now open for application. This scholarship is offered by the UK department for International Development(DFID) to outstanding citizens of commonwealth countries. The scholarship is fully funded and will cover expenses like tuition fees, accommodation, feeding etc. The aim of this scholarship is to contribute to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, also supporting excellence in UK’s higher education and sustaining the principles of the commonwealth.
To apply for this scholarship, candidates must meet the following requirements:
- Applicant must be a commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person.
- Must also be permanent 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
- Must 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) by October 2017.
Please note that the CSC promotes equal opportunities cultural exchange and gender equality. Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates. The CSC is committed to administering and managing its scholarships and fellowships in a fair and transparent manner.
Fields of study
All masters and PhD study programs in UK universities.
Applications will be selected based on the following 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
What the scholarship covers
The scholarship is fully funded and will cover expenses like tuition fees, accommodation, feeding etc.
How to apply
All applications must be made through your nominating body in your home country. Each nominating body is responsible for its own selection process. 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. The CSC does not impose any age limit on applicants, but nominating bodies may do so in line with their own priorities.
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 to contact the scholarship provider for more information on how to apply.
- National nominating agencies – this is the main route of application. Click here for a list of national nominating agencies, with contact details.
- Selected universities/university bodies, which can nominate their own academic staff. Click here for a list of nominating universities/university bodies
The deadline for scholarship application is 15th November 2016 (23.59GMT)