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Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships 2021 for Masters Students in Commonwealth Countries

Applications for Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships 2021 are now open. Click on your preferred subject area below to apply:

Application Deadline: 10th June 2021 at 15:00 UTC

Eligible Countries: Commonwealth countries

About the Award: Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships give talented students from anywhere in the Commonwealth the opportunity to gain a Master’s degree, while developing new skills, experiencing life in another country, and building their global networks.

Join more than 35,000 individuals who have benefitted from the life-changing opportunities a Commonwealth Scholarship offers and contribute to the development of the future Commonwealth.

The following countries will be hosting a QECS award:

  • Sri Lanka
  • South Africa
  • Namibia
  • South Pacific
  • Papua New Guinea

Type: Master’s

Eligibility: Citizens (or those who hold refugee status) in a Commonwealth country are welcome to apply.

Number of Awards: 9

Value of Award: Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships offer a life-changing opportunity for cultural exchange and academic collaboration in unique environments across the globe

Award allowances include:

  • Fully-funded tuition fees
  • Living expenses (stipend) for duration of award
  • Return economy flight
  • One-off arrival allowance
  • Research support grant (on request)

Duration of Programme: 2 years

How to Apply: Click on your preferred country below to apply


The University of the South Pacific (USP)

  • LLM Law
  • MA Applied Linguistics
  • MA Development Studies (by thesis or SRP*)
  • MA Diplomacy & International Affairs (by coursework)
  • MA Education
  • MA Environmental Management
  • MA Geography
  • MA Governance (by coursework & by thesis or SRP*)
  • MA History
  • MA Journalism
  • MA Linguistics
  • MA Literature
  • MA Marine Management
  • MA Mathematics
  • MA Pacific Studies
  • MA Politics/ International Affairs (by thesis or SRP*)
  • MA Psychology
  • MA Social Policy
  • MA Sociology
  • Master of Agriculture (Thesis)
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Environmental Law
  • MCom Accounting (Thesis)
  • MCom Economics (by coursework or by thesis)
  • MCom Land Management (by thesis or SRP*)
  • MCom Management & Public Administration (by coursework & by thesis or SRP
  • MCom Official Statistics
  • MCom Population Studies and Demography
  • MCom Professional Accounting
  • MCom Tourism & Hospitality Management (by thesis or SRP)
  • MSc Engineering
  • MSc Physics
  • MSc Biology
  • MSc Chemistry
  • MSc Climate Change
  • MSc Computing Science
  • MSc Earth Science
  • MSc Environmental Science
  • MSc Geospatial Science
  • MSc Information Systems
  • MSc Marine Science
  • MSc Mathematics

Entry requirements

See university website for individual course requirements. 

Contact: [email protected]

Apply now

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea University of Technology

  • MSc Agriculture
  • MSc Applied Physics
  • MTech Exploration Geophysics
  • Master of Communication Studies
  • MEng Civil Engineering
  • MEng Communication Engineering
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering

Contact: [email protected]

Apply now

South Africa

North-West University

  • MSc Astrophysics*
  • MSc Environmental Science*
  • MSc Chemistry*
  • MSc Pharmacology
  • MSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • MSc Pharmaceutics
  • M in Industrial Engineering
  • MA History
  • MA Music
  • MA Social Anthropology
  • MA Development Studies
  • MA International Relations

Entry requirements 

*Physics, chemistry and maths required.

Applicants are required to submit a university application at the same time as their scholarship application.

Contact: [email protected]

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Rhodes University

All Faculties, full-time two-year Masters courses at Rhodes University, Makhanda.

Entry requirements

Honours degree or equivalent.

Applicants are required to submit a university application at the same time as their scholarship application.

Contact: [email protected]

Apply now

Stellenbosch University

  • MSc Engineering (Process Engineering)
  • MSc Psychology
  • MSc Psychiatry

Applicants are required to submit a university application at the same time as their scholarship application.

Entry requirements

Refer to the Stellenbosch University website.

Contact: [email protected]

Apply now

University of Pretoria (UP)

Courses available on UP’s website

Applicants are required to submit a university application before their scholarship application.

Entry requirements

Honours degree or equivalent.

Contact information found on UP’s website under each faculty.

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University of Venda 

  • Health and Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences and Mathematical Sciences
  • Human and Social Sciences
  • Management Sciences and Law
  • Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Education

Entry requirements

Minimum 60% average at Honours level for admission in Masters degree.

Contact: [email protected]

Apply now

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Sri Lanka

University of Colombo 

  • MSc Molecular Life Sciences
  • MSc Cellular and Molecular Immunology

Entry requirements

Applicant must be graduates in subjects relating to biology, medicine (western), dentistry, veterinary science or agricultural sciences.

Contact: [email protected]

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University of Sri Jayewardenepura Sri Lanka (USJ)

  • Master of Business Administration

Applicants are required to submit a university application at the same time as their scholarship application, as well as an online selection test. There may be a cost associated with this test. Contact USJ for more information.

Entry requirements

Bachelor’s degree and three years of managerial experience.

Contact: [email protected]

Apply now


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  1. Hawi Woldu Assefa says

    First, I would like to thank you for your humbleness for Africans.

    My name is Hawi Woldu Assefa from Jimma, Ethiopia. I am civil engineer graduate from the known and top universities of Ethiopia, Jimma University. Here I am interested to looking for masters degree program with my related field, or if not, am okay with masters in any leadership program.


  2. Hawa m. Diallo says

    I’m in search of a fully funded scholarship for bsc student in the medical field.

  3. Grace Akofah Mensah says

    Please i need directions to the application portal. thank you

  4. Eliakim Tibore says

    is Tanzania one of the country awards in QECS, Am from Tanzania i want to make application for scholarship

  5. ACE CH says

    please do you know anyone that got qecs 2020 email from university of johannesburg, north west university and university of pretoria ?

  6. Joy says

    Am from Nigeria,, I want to apply for the scholarship for Law

  7. ADEKE IRENE says

    l am from uganda. can i qualify for the application?

  8. ADEKE IRENE says

    I am from uganda. can i qualify for the application?

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