Over 191 Commonwealth Shared Scholarships will be awarded for 2012/2013 academic year at 61 UK Universities. Overall deadline is 31 May 2012 (but each university has its individual deadline, some of which has been closed for 2012/2013 application).
The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme is the most prestigious scholarship program for Students from Nigeria, Africa and other commonwealth nations. Established since 1986 and setup by the Department for International Development (DFID), the commonwealth shared scholarship represents a unique partnership between governments and over 60 UK Universities.
For 2012 Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme CSSS 60 UK universities offered to support the scholarships by contributing the stipend for the students. In 2011 50 UK Universities supported the scholarship scheme. It is the mark of UK universities’ commitment that the scheme each year receives bids for many more awards than it has the resources to fulfill.
This scholarship opportunity will provide recipients of the Shared Scholarships with the skills and knowledge to assist in the development of their home countries.
To date, in excess of 2,500 students from developing Commonwealth countries have been awarded Shared Scholarships.
Aims of CSSS
The aim of the scheme is to assist students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the UK. The scheme allows them to benefit from postgraduate masters (taught) study at a university in the UK which will help them to contribute toward the development of their home countries.
Accepted Subject Areas?
Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are offered only for subjects relating to the economic, social and technological development of a student’s home country. Awards are for taught Master’s courses only. No awards will be made for undergraduate or doctoral study.
How long will sponsorship last?
Awards are normally tenable for one-year taught postgraduate masters courses only.
- Candidates are normally expected to hold a first degree at either first class or upper second-class level.
- Sponsoring institutions must confirm that candidates are sufficiently fluent in written and oral English to pursue their proposed studies immediately.
- Candidates must certify in writing that they:
- are nationals of a Commonwealth developing country, and not at present living or studying in a developed country;
- have not undertaken studies lasting one year or more in a developed country;
- are themselves, or through their families, unable to pay to study in the United Kingdom;
- will return to their home country as soon as their award comes to an end.
What are the benefits?
The benefit of the CSSS scholarship is overwhelming. DFID and participating UK institutions will jointly meet the full costs of an award holder’s study in the UK including air fares to and from the UK.
- Maintenance allowance is paid by the scholar’s host institution, at the level set by the UK Government: £1,091 per month for scholars based in London and £882 per month for the rest of the UK (July 2011 figures).
- A grant of up to £225 to cover thesis (Master’s) costs is available; also
- Available is £200 for study travel. The cost of up to 10 Kilograms of excess baggage (books only) is available for scholars returning home at the end of their awards.
How to Apply
Applications should be made directly to the institutions at which candidates wish to study. The sponsoring institutions will be the judges of academic calibre and will forward their nominations to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission for its agreement. Institutions will normally advise candidates of the result not later than July.
Candidates should note that although they may apply to more than one institution, only one offer of award may be accepted.
List of participating universities for 2012-2013 and deadlines
Note that the deadlines for some of the participating UK universities have passed. To apply to the universities still open for application, you have to visit the university website and locate the commonwealth scholarship application page through the page for International Students. This shouldn’t be difficult. Search on www.google.com for the schools website.
- Aberystwyth – 1 March 2012
- Aston – 1 May 2012
- Bangor – 17 May 2012
- Bath – 31 January 2012
- Bedfordshire- 31 March 2012
- Birmingham – 30 March 2012
- Bournemouth – 30 April 2012
- Bristol – 13 February 2012
- Buckingham – 27 April 2012
- Cambridge – 1 December 2011
- Cranfield – 23 March 2012
- De Montfort – 13 April 2012
- Dundee – 3 April 2012
- Durham – 13 April 2012
- East Anglia – 16 March 2012
- Edinburgh – 27 April 2012
- Exeter – 6 April 2012
- Glasgow – 30 April 2012
- Glasgow Caledonian – 30 April 2012
- Greenwich – 1 April 2012
- Heriot-Watt – 30 April 2012
- Hull – 1 April 2012
- Keele – 20 April 2012
- Kent – 4 April 2012
- Lancaster – 30 March 2012
- Leeds – 1 March 2012
- Leeds Metropolitan – 30 April 2012
- Leicester – 30 April 2012
- Liverpool – 30 March 2012
- Liverpool Hope – 1 May 2012
- London Birkbeck – 1 May 2012
- London Goldsmiths – 1 March 2012
- London Institute Of Education – 30 April 2012
- London King’s College – 1 April 2012
- London Royal Veterinary College – 2 April 2012
- London School Of Economics – 30 April 2012
- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – 4 May 2012
- London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – 31 January 2012
- London South Bank University (LSBU) – 11 May 2012
- London UCL – 30 March 2012
- Loughborough – 13 April 2012
- Manchester – 13 April 2012
- Newcastle – 31 March 2012
- Newport – 14 May 2012
- Northumbria – 20 April 2012
- Nottingham – 20 April 2012
- Oxford – 20 January 2012
- Queen Margaret – 16 April 2012
- Queen’s Belfast – 31 January 2012
- Royal College Of Art – 16 January 2012
- Sheffield – 17 May 2012
- Sheffield Hallam – 13 April 2012
- Southampton – 27 April 2012
- St Andrews – 20 April 2012
- Stirling – 17 May 2012
- Strathclyde – 1 April 2012
- Sussex (Institute of Development Studies –IDS) – 1 April 2012
- Warwick – 12 March 2012
- West Of England – 17 May 2012
- West Of Scotland – 20 April 2012
- Worcester – 31 March 2012
Note that institutions are asked to forward their nominations to the CSC no later than 31 May 2012.
Awards made under this scheme are jointly funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), as part of the UK international development programme to developing countries, and participating institutions in the UK. The scheme is administered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC), whose secretariat is provided by The Association of Commonwealth Universities, Woburn House, 20-24 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HF, UK.
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