Fully Funded Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships Program for 2019/2020
The Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships is open to all eligible citizens of the commonwealth country to submit their application for the 2019/2020 year of review. The scholarship target candidates from low and middle-income Commonwealth countries, to undertake full-time taught Master’s study at a UK university.
Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.
According to the scholarship guide on the commonwealth page, Applications will be considered based on the Academic merit of the candidate, Quality of the plan of study and Potential impact on the development of the candidate’s home country.
The commonwealth scholarship is offered under six themes, Namely:
- Science and technology for development
- Strengthening health systems and capacity
- Promoting global prosperity
- Strengthening global peace, security, and governance
- Strengthening resilience and response to crises
- Access, inclusion, and opportunity
To apply for these scholarships, you must:
- 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 your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2020
- By September 2020, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree (2:2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree). The CSC would not normally fund a second UK Master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you will need to provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study
- Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
- Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format
Eligible Commonwealth countries
Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon, Dominica, Eswatini, Fiji, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Helena, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tanzania, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia
How to apply
To apply for this scholarship, you must first apply to one of the following nominating bodies.
- National nominating agencies – this is the main route of application
- Selected non-governmental organisations and charitable bodies
The CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships and for that matter, all applications must be made through one of these nominating bodies.
Each nominating body is responsible for its own selection process and may have additional eligibility criteria. 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.
Deadline for Application:
All applications must be submitted by 16:00 (GMT) on 30 October 2019 at the latest. All inquiries about these scholarships should be directed to your nominating body.
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