Commonwealth Shared Scholarship
Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for Developing Countries
Commonwealth Shared Scholarships is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (with funding from the Department for International Development (DFID), and UK universities, to support scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries. These scholarships are for candidates from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time Master’s study on selected courses, jointly supported by UK universities.
This scholarship, which is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), are available for talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development and are aimed majorly for the category of people who cannot afford to study in the UK.
High-quality postgraduate students who have not studied extensively overseas before, who would not otherwise have the opportunity to study in the UK, and who have the potential to enhance the development of their home countries with the knowledge and leadership skills they acquire.
Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are offered for selected taught full-time Master’s courses. Please see the ‘applicable courses’ section below. These scholarships do not cover PhD study, or any pre-sessional English language teaching.
Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Universities
- Aberystwyth University
- Bangor University
- Bath Spa University
- Brunel University London
- City University London
- Coventry University
- Cranfield University
- Durham University
- Goldsmiths University of London
- Imperial College London
- King’s College London
- Liverpool Hope University
- Liverpool John Moores University
- London School of Economics and Political Science
- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- Newcastle University
- Nottingham Trent University
- Oxford Brookes University
- Queen Margaret University
- Queen Mary, University of London
- Queen’s University Belfast
- Royal Holloway, University of London
- Royal Veterinary College
- Sheffield Hallam University
- SOAS, University of London
- St Mary’s University
- University College London
- University of Aberdeen
- University of Bath
- University of Birmingham
- University of Bristol
- University of Cambridge
- University of Chester
- University of East Anglia
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Exeter
- University of Glasgow
- University of Kent
- University of Leeds
- University of Leicester
- University of Lincoln
- University of Nottingham
- University of Oxford
- University of Portsmouth
- University of Reading
- University of Salford
- University of Southampton
- University of St Andrews
- University of Stirling
- University of Strathclyde
- University of Sussex (Institute of Development Studies)
- University of the West of England
- University of Warwick
- University of Wolverhampton
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Eligible Courses – Categorized Under Six Themes
- Science and technology for development
- Strengthening health systems and capacity
- Promoting global prosperity
- Strengthening global peace, security and governance
- Strengthening resilience and response to crises
- Access, inclusion and opportunity
To apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship scholarships, you must:
- Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, 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 2020
- By September 2020, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification.
- Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high income country
- And lastly, be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
Eligible Commonwealth countries
Bangladesh, Cameroon, Eswatini, The Gambia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia
Application Criteria for Commonwealth Shared Scholarship
- Academic merit of the candidate
- The potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country
The award will cover:
- Tuition fees
- Maintenance allowance
- Economy air travel to and from the UK
- Plus additional discretionary allowances.
This award usually tenable for one year.
- You must apply for the scholarship on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Electronic Application System (EAS) online following the procedures described on their website.
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