2020 Commonwealth Masters & PhD Scholarships


Commonwealth Masters Scholarships are for candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, to undertake full-time taught Masters study at a UK university

Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are for candidates from least developed countries and fragile states in the Commonwealth, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university.

Value

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), these 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:

  1. Science and technology for development
  2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  6. Access, inclusion and opportunity

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the Masters 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) honours standard, or a second class degree (2:2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Masters degree). The CSC would not normally fund a second UK Masters degree. If you are applying for a second UK Masters degree, you will need to provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
  • Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format

To apply for the PhD 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) honours standard, or a second class degree (2:2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (a Masters degree)
  • NOT be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university before September/October 2020
  • NOT have commenced and be currently registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, in your home country or elsewhere
  • Have the support of a potential supervisor from at least one UK university listed in your application form
  • Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

How to Apply

You must apply to one of the nominating bodies in the first instance – the CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships.

Candidates are advised to read the terms and conditions carefully and to ensure they meet the full eligibility criteria as stated in the terms and conditions. For full details, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit:

http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/masters-scholarships/
http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/phd-scholarships-least-developed-countries-and-fragile-states/

You can view the Masters application form document before you start your online application form and you can access the Masters online application system now.

You can view the PhD application form document before you start your online application form and you can access the PhD online application system now.

The deadline for applications to be submitted is 30 October 2019.


Further Information

All enquiries about these scholarships should be directed to your nominating body.

Further information on other scholarships offered by the CSC.