Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships are for candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time Master’s study at a UK university.
Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Master’s 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.
- 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
- Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependants, nor the cost of journeys made before your award is confirmed)
- Approved tuition fees Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,084 per month, or £1,330 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2018-2019 levels)
- Warm clothing allowance, where applicable Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable
- Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of £465 per month for the first child, and £114 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if you are accompanied by your children and they are living with you at the same address in the UK (rates quoted at 2018-2019 levels)
- 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) honours 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 Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
- Eligible Commonwealth countries:
Antigua and Barbuda
Papua New Guinea
St Vincent and the Grenadines
To apply for these scholarships, you must:
December 19, 2018
- You must apply to one of the following nominating bodies in the first instance – the CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships:
- All applications must be made through one of these nominating bodies. Each nominating body is responsible for its own selection process and may have additional eligibility criteria. You must check with your nominating body for their specific advice and rules for applying, their own eligibility criteria, and their own closing date for applications.
- You must make your application using the CSC’s online application system, in addition to any other application that you are required to complete by your nominating body. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the online application system.
- All applications, must be submitted by 16:00 (GMT) on 19 December 2018 at the latest.
You are advised to complete and submit your application as soon as possible, as the online application system will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline.
- Your application must include the following supporting documentation by 16:00 (GMT) on 4 January 2019 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:
1. Proof of citizenship or refugee status – uploaded to the online application system
2. Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications (with certified translations if not in English) – uploaded to the online application system
3. References from at least two individuals – submitted directly by the referees to the online application system (referees will be sent an email request)
Choosing a university/course
You may find the following resources useful when researching your choices of institution and course of study in the UK:
1. Study UK – British Council website, with guidance for international students and a course and institution search
2. Steps to Postgraduate Study – a guide to asking the right questions about taught postgraduate study in the UK
3. Postgrad.com – information for postgraduate students, with a course search
4. Prospects – information on postgraduate study in the UK
5. Research Excellent Framework 2014 results – results of a system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions
6. Steps to Postgraduate Study – a guide to asking the right questions about taught postgraduate study in the UK
7. UCAS Postgraduate – guidance on how to find and apply for a postgraduate course
8. Unistats – the official website for comparing UK higher education course data
9. UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) – advice for international students on choosing a course of study