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SOAS University of London – Commonwealth Shared Masters Scholarships 2019/2020 for Developing Countries – UK

 SOAS, University of London is awarding Commonwealth Shared scholarships to students from developing countries wishing to undertake select Masters courses (see below) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). 

Application Deadlines:

  • Application for Commonwealth Shared Scholarship: 14th March 2019 by 16:00
  • Application for Admission must be however submitted by Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: Commonwealth countries

To be taken at (country): University of London, UK

Fields of Study: 

  • Full-time MSc Development Studies
  • Full-time MSc Globalisation and Development
  • Full-time MSc Environment, Politics and Development
  • Full-time MSc Migration Mobility and Development
  • Full-time MSc Violence, Conflict and Development
  • Full-time LLM in Law, Development and Globalisation
  • Full-time MSc Development Economics
  • Full-time MSc Public Financial Management
  • Full-time MSc Political Economy of Development
  • Part-time programmes are not eligible.

About the Award: The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission with funding from UK Department of International Development (DFID), and UK universities, to support scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the United Kingdom.

Type: Masters

Eligibility: In order to be eligible, applicants should:

  • Be nationals of (and permanently domiciled in) Bangladesh and eligible Commonwealth countries in Africa, and not currently be living or studying in a developed country
  • Hold a first degree at either first or upper second class level
  • Hold an offer of admission to pursue one of the eligible programmes by the time selection at SOAS takes place.  Priority may be given to applicants with unconditional offers.  It is expected that selection will take place shortly after the scholarship deadline.
  • Meet the English language condition of your offer of admission to study at SOAS as soon as possible but no later than 1 June 2019.  Please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirements as soon as possible.
  • Have not previously studied for one year or more in a developed country
  • Be able to confirm in writing that neither they nor their families would otherwise be able to pay for the proposed course of study
  • Be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete
  • SOAS positively encourages women to apply for these Shared Scholarships, particularly the award from India, in-line with the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission’s equality strategy.

In addition to the above criteria, applicants must provide a statement of financial need with your on-line admission application. The short supporting statement should include the following information:

  • – details of family and financial background: your financial situation growing up, are you the first in your family to go to university?
  • – how did you fund your past education – through scholarships, awards, parental assistance/self-funding?
  • – how does your situation now prevent you from funding an education in the UK – do you have family dependents or outstanding debts (student loans for example)?
  • – past employment – have your previous salaries put you in a position to be able to afford an education in the UK?
  • – further clarity as to how you will use your education at SOAS to help your future goals
  • – any additional information you think will help your application – extenuating financial circumstances, other financial burdens

Selection Criteria: 

  • Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by a Selection Panel consisting of three academic members.
  • The assessment of your application will be based on the information in the application submitted via the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS) and in your on-line application for admission to study at SOAS.  Selectors will be looking at the degree results, and also at academic references, statement and other relevant information.

Number of Awardees: 3

Value of Scholarship: 

  • The Commission funds the cost of tuition fees (at overseas rate), return airfares and other allowances and SOAS supports the student stipend for the award holders.
  • The scholarships are shared with International Student House (ISH), which provides free accommodation at ISH.  The scholarships also provide a small contribution in food vouchers.
  • In addition, the School provides a small maintenance grant.  The ISH provision and the School’s contribution constitute the student stipend of the DFID Shared Scholarship Scheme.

Duration of Scholarship: Duration of candidate’s chosen course

How to Apply: Applicants must follow two steps in order to be considered for these scholarships:

  • STEP 1: Apply for the scholarship by 16:00 on Thursday, 14 March 2019.
    The scholarship application system is now open – please go HERE
  • STEP 2: In addition to the EAS application form, applicants must ALSO submit a COMPLETE on-line application for admission to study one of the eligible programmes at SOAS by Wednesday, 6 February 2019

A complete application for admission includes transcripts, an explanation of the grading system for any degree obtained outside the UK, two references, CV and a personal statement. In order to be considered for this scholarship, please remember to provide a statement of financial need with your appplication for admissions.  The panel will be considering your EAS application TOGETHER with your online application for admission.

Visit Scholarship Webpage for details

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