The 2017 Commonwealth Fully Funded Scholarships for citizens of developing countries is now open for application. This scholarship is offered by the UK Department for International Development to outstanding students who intend to pursue a masters or PhD study in the UK. Scholarship will be fully funded and will cover expenses like tuition fees, accommodation, flight fare etc.
In order to apply to apply for the commonwealth scholarship, applicants should meet the following requirements:
- Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person.
- Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country.
- Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2017.
- By October 2017, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree).
Please note that the CSC promotes equal opportunities, gender equity, and cultural exchange. Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates. The CSC is committed to administering and managing its scholarships and fellowships in a fair and transparent manner.
How applicants will be selected
Every year, the CSC invites nominating bodies to submit a specific number of nominations. The deadline for nominating bodies to submit nominations to the CSC is 13 December 2016.
The CSC invites around three times more nominations than scholarships available – therefore, nominated candidates are not guaranteed to be awarded a scholarship. There are no quotas for scholarships for any individual country. Candidates nominated by national nominating agencies are in competition with those nominated by other nominating bodies, and the same standards will be applied to applications made through either channel.
Each nominated candidate’s application is first considered by a member of the CSC’s panel of advisers with expertise in the subject area concerned, and then by the CSC’s selection committee in competition with other candidates.
Selection of candidates for this prestigious award will be based on the following:
- Quality of the plan of study
- Academic merit of the candidate
- Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country
Fields of study
All masters and PhD study programs in UK universities
How to apply
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. Click here for a list of national nominating agencies, with contact details,
- Selected universities/university bodies, which can nominate their own academic staff. Click here for a list of nominating universities/university bodies
- Selected non-governmental organisations and charitable bodies.
- All applications must be made through your nominating body in your home country. Each nominating body is responsible for its own selection process. 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. The CSC does not impose any age limit on applicants, but nominating bodies may do so in line with their own priorities.
- You must make an application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS), in addition to any other application form that you are required to complete by your nominating body. Click here for full information on how to use the EAS, including detailed guides.
- Your application must be submitted to and endorsed by one of the approved nominating bodies listed above. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the EAS to a nominating body in your home country.
Click here to contact the scholarship provider for more information on how to apply.
The deadline for scholarship application is 23.59 (GMT) on 15 November 2016
Applicants are advised to submit their application as early as possible. Since the EAS system will be very busy as deadline approaches. Endeavour to provide the following documents by 6th January 2017 for your application to be considered;
- References from at least two individuals
- For PhD candidates only, supporting statement from a proposed supervisor in the UK from at least one of the institutions named on your application form