The UK government’s scholarship program is guided by worldwide development goals, and it is administered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in the UK. It is a clear illustration of the United Kingdom’s ongoing dedication to the Commonwealth and operates within the framework of the CSFP (Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan). The work of the CSC integrates sustainable development with the UK’s national interest and creates chances for international alliances and collaboration by drawing people of excellent talent and great potential from all walks of life and helping them become leaders and innovators when they return to their home countries.
The Commonwealth Shared Scholarships program provides funding for master’s degree students from low- and middle-income Commonwealth nations to study in the United Kingdom full-time. Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are for full-time studies only. Scholarships are available for all eligible UK university courses and scholars are only funded for one degree. Candidates must apply for university admission. Candidates should carefully verify admission deadlines for many courses. To check the full list of approved courses, click here.
Scholarship provider: UK Government
Degree Category: Masters
Eligible Country: International
Application Closing Date: 13 December 2022
The Commonwealth Shared Scholarships program provides each successful applicant with:
- Approved airfare from the Scholar’s home country to the UK and return at the end of their Scholarship (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependants, nor the cost of journeys made before the award is confirmed) – funded by the CSC
- Approved tuition fees: full fees are covered by agreement between the CSC and the UK university, and Scholars are not liable to pay for any part of the tuition fee
- Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,236 per month, or £1,516 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at current levels) – paid and funded by the university
- Warm clothing allowance, where applicable – paid and funded by the university
- Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable – claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC
- Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas – claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC
- Contribution towards the cost of a mandatory tuberculosis (TB) test, where required for a visa application (receipts must be supplied) – claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC
- If Scholars have children and are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of £529 per month for the first child, and £131 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if Scholars are accompanied by their children and they are living with them at the same address in the UK (rates quoted at current levels)
- If Scholars share that they have a disability, a full assessment of their needs and eligibility for additional financial support will be offered by the CSC.
- 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 their academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September 2023
- By September 2023, hold a first degree of at least upper second-class (2:1) honours standard, or a lower second-class degree (2:2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
- 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 university without this Scholarship
- Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format
- Proof that the applicant is a citizen or has refugee status in an eligible Commonwealth country: a copy of a valid passport (or national ID card) showing a photograph, date of birth, and country of citizenship
- Full transcripts detailing all higher education qualifications, including to-date transcripts for any courses currently being studied, with certified translations if not in English
Candidates must apply and secure admission to study an approved Master’s course at a participating UK university in addition to applying for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship via the CSC’s online application system.
Interested applicants are to check the official website for the proper Application procedures. Visit the official announcement page for more details. To start your application, Click the apply now button below.