Commonwealth Masters Scholarships are for candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time Master’s study at a UK university.
Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.
It’s a fully funded scholarship for Masters students.
IS SCHOLARSHIP ANNUAL?
Commonwealth Masters Scholarships are awarded yearly to international graduate students to study in the United Kingdom (UK). You are strongly advised to visit this website regularly to see more scholarship opportunities.
Important Information: Applicants should note that some universities funding scholarship require that they must apply for admission to the University or be existing students of the university before they can be considered for a Scholarship. Most Universities funding scholarships are unable to consider any scholarship applications from students who have not been offered a place at the university while some other universities automatically award scholarships to international students whom have an admission offer of a place in the university.
Nationals of the under-listed commonwealth countries are eligible for commonwealth masters scholarships:
- Antigua and Barbuda.
- Belize, Botswana.
- The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana.
- Kenya, Kiribati.
- Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique.
- Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria.
- Pakistan, Papua New Guinea.
- Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Helena, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines.
- Tanzania, Tonga, Tuvalu.
WHERE CAN SCHOLARSHIP BE TAKEN?
Scholarships can be taken at UK universities.
WHO CAN APPLY?
To be eligible to apply for these commonwealth masters scholarships, you must:
- Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country listed above, or be a British Protected Person.
- Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
- Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2019.
- By October 2019, 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). The CSC would not normally fund a second UK Master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you will need to provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study.
- Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship.
HOW TO APPLY
You must apply to one of the following nominating bodies in the first instance – the CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships:
- National nominating agencies – this is the main route of application.
- Selected non-governmental organisations and charitable bodies
All applications must be made through one of these nominating bodies. Each nominating body is responsible for its own selection process and may have additional eligibility criteria. 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.
You must make your application using the CSC’s online application system, in addition to any other application that you are required to complete by your nominating body. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the online application system.
You are advised to complete and submit your application as soon as possible, as the online application system will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline.
Your application must include the following supporting documentation by 16:00 (GMT) on 4 January 2019 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:
- Proof of citizenship or refugee status – uploaded to the online application system.
- Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications (with certified translations if not in English) – uploaded to the online application system
- References from at least two individuals – submitted directly by the referees to the online application system (referees will be sent an email request)
The CSC will not accept supporting documentation submitted by nominating agencies or outside the online application system.
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Please note that the CSC does not charge candidates to apply for any of its scholarships or fellowships through its online application system, and it does not charge organisations to nominate candidates.
All applications for commonwealth masters scholarships, must be submitted by 16:00 (GMT) on 19 December 2018 at the latest.