2020 Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships for Students from Low and Middle Income Commonwealth Countries
Deadline: October 30, 2019.
Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships are for candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, to undertake full-time taught 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. 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 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 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
- Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format
Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon, Dominica, Eswatini
Fiji, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho
Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria,
Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands
South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Helena, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines,
Tanzania, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu and Zambia
Each scholarship provides:
1. Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award.
2. Approved tuition fees.
3. Living stipends
4. Warm clothing allowance
5. Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation.
6. Study travel grant towards the cost of study related travel within the UK or overseas.
1. You must apply to one of the following nominating bodies in the first instance – the CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships:
- National nominating agencies – this is the main route of application
- Selected non-governmental organisations and charitable bodies
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.