Deadline: 1 April 2016
Open to: commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries
Scholarships: covers fees, fares, and personal maintenance
The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is one of the largest and most prestigious scholarship schemes for international study in the world. Since it was established in 1959, around 30,000 individuals have benefited – 25,000 of them have held awards funded by the UK government, managed by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC).
This prospectus describes the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships offered by the CSC for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries in 2016. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.
To apply for these scholarships, you must:
- 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 2016;
- By August 2016, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard;
- 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.
Shared Scholarships are jointly funded by the CSC and participating UK universities. Each Scholarship provides:
- Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award (arranged by the university; funded by the CSC);
- Approved tuition and examination fees (funded by the CSC);
- Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of GBR 1,034 per month, or GBR 1,268 per month for those studying at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2015-2016 levels) (paid and funded by the university);
- Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a dissertation, where applicable (claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC);
- Warm clothing allowance and visa reimbursement, where applicable (paid and funded by the university);
- Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas (claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC);
- Excess baggage allowance, up to an annual approved limit, when returning home (claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC).
How to apply?
Applicants must apply by 23.59 (BST) on 1 April 2016 at the latest.
- You should apply to study an eligible Master’s course at a UK university that is participating in the Shared Scholarship scheme. Click here for a list of participating universities and eligible courses;
- You must make your application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS). Click here for full information on how to use the EAS, including detailed guides;
- 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. Click here for a list of contact detail;
- 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 individual.
For more information please visit the official website.