Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme at UK Universities

Scholarship Deadline: Please you are advised to submit your applications on or before 29 March 2017 (annual). The course will start September/October 2017.

About: Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries who, due to financial difficulties, would not otherwise be able to study in the UK. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID),  jointly supported by UK universities. For participating UK Universities and courses offered click here.

All available courses are the Master’s courses offered at participating UK universities. Please note the scholarships do not cover undergraduate courses, PhD study, or any pre-sessional English language teaching. It might interest you to know that more than 200 scholarships will be awarded to successful applicants who are Nationals of Commonwealth Developing Countries. If your country is not among the Commonwealth Developing Countries, do not apply!

Scholarship value/inclusions/duration: The scholarship will  cover tuition and examination fees, approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award, stipend, warm clothing allowance, study travel grant, and excess baggage allowance.

The scholarships are usually tenable for one year only.


To apply for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, candidates must:

•  Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
•  Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country (listed in the terms and conditions)
• Be available to commence their academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2017
• By August 2017, hold a first degree of either first or upper second class (2:1) classification, or lower second class (2:2) classification plus a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
• Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a developed country
• Be unable, either yourself or through your family, to pay to study in the UK

Eligible commonwealth countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji*, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guineas, Pitcairn, Rwanda, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania,Tonga,Trinidad and Tobago, Tristan da Cunha, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda,Vanuatu, Western Samoa, Zambia, Zimbabwe*

Application instructions: You should apply to study an eligible Master’s course at a UK university that is participating in the Shared Scholarship scheme. Note that each participating university has its own admission process and requirements. So, you must check with your UK university which you have chosen for their specific advice, admission requirements and rules for applying.

You must make your application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS). All applications must be submitted by 23.59 (BST) on 29 March 2017 at the latest. Each university has its own closing date for applications, and most are before 29 March 2017

It is important to read the 2017 Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Terms and Conditions and visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Website: Official Scholarship Website


All enquiries about these scholarships should be directed to the university to which you wish to apply.

Sponsors: UK Department for International Development (DFID), as part of the UK international development programme to developing countries, and participating institutions in the UK. The scheme is administered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC).


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