About 230 scholarships will be awarded to students from developing commonwealth countries by the DFID to pursue a master’s program in UK universities. The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship is fully funded and will cover expenses like tuition fees, living allowance and return airfares.
The following conditions must be met by applicants who wish to apply for this scholarship:
- 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 August 2017, hold a first degree of either first or upper second class (2:1) classification, or lower second class (2:2) classification plus a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree).
- 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
- Sponsoring institutions must confirm that candidates are sufficiently fluent in written and oral English to pursue their proposed studies immediately, as no pre-course English Language Teaching is available under these awards.
Fields of study
Scholarships will be awarded for masters programs only. No undergraduate or PhD student will be considered for this award. All courses undertaken must be demonstrably relevant to the economic, social or technological development of the candidate’s home country.
What the scholarship covers
The CSC funds the cost of tuition fees (at overseas rate), return airfares, and other allowances. Participating universities are required to support the student stipend for the award holder (at the rate set by the UK government).
How to apply
You should apply to study an eligible Master’s course at a UK university that is participating in the Shared Scholarship scheme. And you must make your scholarship application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS). Before applying, you must check with your UK university for their specific advice and rules for applying, and for their own closing date for applications.
You can apply for more than one course and/or to more than one university, but you may only accept one offer of a Shared Scholarship. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the EAS to your UK university or applications directly from individuals.Applicant should read the “Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2017 Terms and Conditions“(PDF) . Click here to contact the scholarship provider for more information on how to apply.
All applications must be submitted by 23.59 (BST) on 29 March 2017 at the latest. Each university has its own closing date for applications, and most fall before 29 March 2017. You must submit your application by the date advised by your UK University.