Commonwealth Individual Scholarships to Study in the UK

Funded by the UK Commonwealth and Overseas Development Office (FCDO) Commonwealth Individual Scholarships. Help talented and motivated individuals gain the knowledge and skills needed for sustainable development. and is aimed at those who cannot afford to study in the UK. They offer PhD scholars studying at eligible universities across the Commonwealth the opportunity to conduct research at a UK institution for 12 months.

objective: To expand access to UK equipment and expertise for high quality PhD candidates from low- and middle-income Commonwealth countries. and to support higher education and research in the UK and Commonwealth through partnerships and partnerships.

intend Beneficiary: High-quality graduates whose research has a developmental focus and who have the potential to become influential teachers or researchers in their home countries.

Applicant’s qualifications

To apply for these scholarships Academics must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country. or are a British protected person
  • Have permanent residence in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Register for a PhD at a university in an eligible Commonwealth country by the time your scholarship starts (September 2023).
  • Ensure there are institutional or departmental links between your home university and your proposed UK university. This link must be more than just a collaboration between individuals – see the “Tenure and Positions” section for more details. Both supervisors must provide a statement providing further details of the link to ensure your application is eligible.
  • Ready to start academic studies in the UK in September 2023
  • By September 2023, must have completed at least an Upper Second Class (2:1) Standard Honors or a lower Second Class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification. (usually a master’s degree)
  • Unable to study in the UK without this scholarship

Eligible countries

Please note that only applicants from eligible countries listed below can apply for Commonwealth Split-site scholarships in 2023/24.

  • Bangladesh
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Cameroon
  • Dominica
  • Eswatini
  • Fiji
  • Gabon
  • Ghana
  • grenada
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Montserrat
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Gambia
  • go
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia

financial assistance

Each scholarship provides:

  • Approved airfare from your home country to the UK. and return at the end of your award (CSC will not refund fare for dependents or travel expenses before your award is confirmed)
  • Approved Tuition Fees: All tuition fees are governed by an agreement between CSC and the UK university. Academics are not responsible for paying any part of the tuition fees.
  • Stipend (living allowance) of £1,236 per month, or £1,516 per month for universities in the Greater London area. (rate offered at current level)
  • Allowance for warm clothing, if applicable.
  • Study travel grants cover study-related travel expenses within the UK or abroad.
  • If you 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 16 if you are traveling with your children and they are living with you at the same address in the UK. kingdom

CSC Family Allowance is only available to cover the costs of raising your family in the UK. The real cost is likely to be much higher. And you must be able to supplement these allowances to support family members coming to the UK with you.

Selection process

Applications will be considered based on the following selection criteria:

  • Educational qualifications of the applicant
  • Quality of the study plan
  • Potential impact on the development of the applicant’s home country

How to use

Applications for Commonwealth Place-Separate Scholarships for the 2023/24 academic year are now open.

The closing date for applications including all supporting documents is 2 March 2023 at 16:00 GMT.

Applications must be made using CSC’s online application system.

Applicants must be applying to study at a UK university which has a part funding agreement with CSC. Part funding agreements are at the discretion of each university. For a list of universities that have agreed to fund Commonwealth Scholarships, please visit the UK Universities with Partial Funding Agreements page on the CSC website.

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