Submission deadline is December 13, 2022, at 16.00 (GMT) for Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2023/2024 for Students from Developing Countries to Study in UK
Presented yearly? Yes
Eswatini, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tanzania, The Gambia, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu are among the countries that are eligible.
To be taken at several UK universities. Access the CSS prospectus 2022 on the program website. For a complete list of participating universities and their deadlines, click the link below.
Only taught Master’s courses are eligible for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship program. Each course studied must have a clear connection to the candidate’s native country’s economic, social, or technological development.
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Program Details: The Department for International Development (DFID) established the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships in 1986 as a one-of-a-kind collaboration between the UK government and UK universities. Over 3,500 students from Commonwealth poor nations have received Shared Scholarships.
Universities in the UK have offered to support the scholarships by providing the students with a stipend from their own funds or funds that they have been able to raise from other sources.
Available Since: 1986
Candidates who wish to apply for Commonwealth Shared Scholarships must:
- Being a citizen of, receiving refugee status from, or a British Protected Person from one of the eligible Commonwealth nations
- Becoming a permanent resident of a Commonwealth nation
- By the beginning of the UK academic year in September or October 2023, be prepared to begin your academic studies there.
- Hold a first degree with at least an upper second class (2:1) rating by September 2023, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate degree (often a Master’s degree). Normal funding for a second UK Master’s degree is not provided by the CSC. You must explain your motivation for pursuing this study if you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree.
- Not have spent at least one academic year studying or working in a high-income nation.
- Be in need of this scholarship and not be able to afford to study in the UK
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The CSC looks for talented people with the ability to affect change. We support a non-discrimination and equal opportunity policy and welcome applications from a wide range of candidates.
Selection: A certain number of applicants will be chosen to receive Commonwealth Shared Scholarships by each participating UK university using its own recruitment procedure. By March 2023, universities must submit the names of their chosen candidates to the CSC. The CSC will then confirm that these candidates satisfy the requirements for this scheme’s eligibility. By July 2023, universities will let applicants know their results.
Selection standards comprise:
- academic standing of the applicant
- Potential effects of the work on the candidate’s home country’s development
- More than 200 scholarships are available.
Value of Commonwealth Shared Scholarships:
Each award comes with:
- Airfare from your country of origin to the UK and back at the conclusion of your award, as approved (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependants, nor the cost of journeys made before your award is confirmed) – coordinated by the university and supported by the CSC
- Approved tuition costs that are paid for by the CSC
- Stipend (living stipend) of £1,236 per month, or £1,516 per month for students attending universities in the Greater London Area (rates quoted at 2022-2023 levels) – compensated and supported by the university
- Where appropriate, a warm clothing allowance – compensated and supported by the university
- Thesis grant to cover the cost of writing a thesis or dissertation, as necessary. Funded by the CSC and claimed from the university.
- Study travel award for domestic or international study-related travel expenses, paid for by the university and claimed from the CSC.
- Reimbursement of the fee for an obligatory TB test, if one is needed for a visa application (receipts must be supplied) – financed by the CSC; claimed from and paid by the university
- If you are accompanied by your children and they are residing with you at the same address in the UK and you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, you are entitled to a child allowance of £529 per month for the first child and £131 per month for the second and third children under the age of 16. (rates quoted at 2022-2023 levels)
- The CSC will offer a thorough evaluation of your needs and eligibility for additional financial support if you declare a disability.
- Commonwealth Shared Scholarships’ duration: Awards are typically only valid for taught postgraduate courses lasting one year.
How to Apply:
Applicants must submit their applications for Commonwealth Shared Scholarships using the CSC’s online application process.
- To enroll in one of the taught Master’s programs provided under the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship program, submit an application. These scholarships are often only good for one year and do not support undergraduate coursework, PhD study, or any pre-sessional English language instruction. View a complete list of programs that qualify.
- In addition to submitting an application for a Shared Scholarship, you must also gain admission to your course. You must seek particular guidance from your preferred university regarding the best time to apply, the criteria for admission, and the application procedures. See the complete list of university contact information.
- In addition to any other applications that your desired university may want you to submit, you must submit your application through the CSC’s online application process. Applications not submitted using the online application system will not be accepted by the CSC.
Although you can apply to many universities and/or courses, you can only accept one Shared Scholarship offer.