Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for developing countries’ students, fully funded to the UK.

 The Commonwealth scholarships are available for students from developing countries. Are you searching for a fund for your Master?  Commonwealth Shared Scholarships grant scholarships 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.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Shared Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.

These scholarships are offered 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 these 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 2019. By October 2019, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree). The CSC would not normally fund a second UK Master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you will need to provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study. You must not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high-income country.  Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

Eligible Commonwealth countries

Bangladesh, Cameroon, Eswatini, The Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Kenya, Kiribati
Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia


Scholarships provide: Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award, approved tuition, stipend at the rate of £1,084 per month or 1330 per month for those studying at University in the London metropolitan area, warm clothing allowance, where applicable –paid and fund by the University; Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or a dissertation where applicable. Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas; Excess baggage allowance, up to an annual approved limit when returning home. Reimbursement of the cost of a mandatory Tuberculosis Test, where required for a visa application.

Applications must be submitted by 16.00 GMT on  14 March 2019

For more information, visit Commonwealth scholarships

Complete the online form to apply


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