Commonwealth scholarship are awarded to individuals who have the potential to make an impact on the international stage.
In the context of the United Kingdom’s ongoing dedication to the Commonwealth, approximately 800 students get the opportunity to pursue postgraduate studies at UK universities every year.
If you’re from a Commonwealth nation and feel that you can help change the world but cannot be able to finance your UK studies on your own, you could be a great applicant for the Commonwealth Scholarship.
What exactly are Commonwealth Scholarships?
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The Commonwealth Scholarships scheme is targeted at students across the Commonwealth who might not be able to afford to go to university in the UK. Through the funding of postgraduate studies across various types of study, the program assists in fostering the next generation of leaders and innovators.
This award has been a landmark in the history of the primary scheme of scholarship in the United Kingdom designed to support British global development objectives. It’s designed to bring top students to UK universities while also helping to promote sustainable development abroad.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible for the Commonwealth Scholarship, you must be either a permanent or citizen of a Commonwealth country. It is still possible to apply for the scholarship if you are an asylum seeker or a British-protected person.
Additionally, you must have an undergraduate honors degree that is at the very least upper second-class (2:1). If you plan to pursue the path of a Ph.D., then you’ll need an appropriate master’s level degree.
In addition, you should be financially unable to attend university in the UK without an award of a scholarship.
The criteria for eligibility for each kind of fellowship and scholarship differ. More information is available on the CSC website.
- Commonwealth Doctoral Scholarships (for the least developed countries as well as fragile states)
- Commonwealth Split-Site Scholarships (for countries with low or middle incomes)
- Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships
- Commonwealth Shared Scholarships
- Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships
- Commonwealth Ph.D. Scholarships (for high-income countries)
- Commonwealth Medical Fellowships
- Commonwealth Professional Fellowships
CSC Development Themes
All Commonwealth Scholarships, funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), are offered under six CSC development themes.
- Technology and science for development
- Strengthening capacities and systems of health
- Promoting global prosperity
- Ensuring the global pace of peace and security, and governance
- Building resilience and responding to crisis
- Access, inclusion, and the possibility
There is no limit on the subjects you can pursue. However, but there is a restriction on what you can study. Commonwealth Scholarships Commission prioritizes applicants whose academics have the greatest relevance to their developmental criteria.
The majority of scholarships are fully funded, meaning that along with paying for your tuition, you’ll also get the cost of your flights between and to the UK and a daily allowance to help you live during your time here.
Depending on which scholarship you are applying for, you may need to apply through a National Nominating Agency, a university, or a Non-Governmental Organization.
To find out how to apply for each scholarship, please visit the CSC application page.
To start your application online, it is necessary to scan a duplicate from your passport, an educational transcript, a current university degree certificate, two references, and your admission letter if you already have one.
The deadline for applications is typically in December. Check the page of the scholarship you are interested in at the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s website for the dates for when they will be scheduled for the 2022-2023 year.
Up to date, more than 27800 students have enrolled in scholarships from the Commonwealth since the initial cohort of 175 Scholars came to the UK in the year 1960. Some of the alumni are Prime Ministers, cabinet ministers, Nobel Prize winners, diplomats, academics writers, as well as leaders of major NGOs and business.
You’re a Commonwealth Scholar for life, and we would like to see you be active as a member of our alumni. Through our alumni networks, you can establish connections with a wide array of scholars in your country of origin and across the Commonwealth that will help you with your development and work.
Membership in CSC Alumni Network is free. CSC Alumni Network is free and comes with a host of benefits, such as regular editions of the CSC newsletter, access to professional online networks, and attending alumni networking events within your country of origin.
Each alumni association differs in everything from the kinds of events they organize to the requirements for membership. A list of current alumni associations and contact information can be found here.