Apply For Fully-Funded Commonwealth Scholarships For Masters & PhD in UK for Developing Countries 2018

Application is ongoing for Funded Commonwealth Scholarships For Masters & PhD for interested candidates from developing commonwealth countries to study in UK, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

Application Deadline forFully-Funded Commonwealth Scholarships For Masters & PhD : 22nd February 2018

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries for Fully-Funded Commonwealth Scholarships For Masters & PhD : Developing commonwealth countries

Subject Areas: All subject areas are eligible, although the CSC’s selection criteria gives priority to applications that demonstrate strong relevance to development.

About Scholarship:These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.

Offered Since: 1959

Type: Masters and PhD

Eligibility for Fully-Funded Commonwealth Scholarships For Masters & PhD :

For PhD

  • 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 2018
  • By October 2018, 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)
  • NOT be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university before September/October 2018
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

For Masters

  • 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 2018
  • By October 2018, 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)
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
Selection Criteria for Fully-Funded Commonwealth Scholarships For Masters & PhD :

Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:

  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Quality of the proposal
  • Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country

Number of Scholarships: Approximately 300 scholarships are awarded each year.

Duration of Scholarships: 12 months for Masters and up to 36 months for PhD

Value of Scholarships: Each scholarship provides:

  • Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependants, nor usually the cost of journeys made before your award is finally confirmed)
  • Approved tuition and examination fees
  • Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,043 per month, or £1,279 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2016-2017 levels)
  • Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable
    Warm clothing allowance, where applicable
  • Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
    For PhD Scholars, fieldwork grant towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas (usually the cost of one economy class return airfare to your fieldwork location), where approved
  • For PhD Scholars, paid mid-term visit (airfare) to your home country (unless you have claimed (or intend to claim) spouse and/or child allowances during your scholarship, or have received a return airfare to your home country for fieldwork)
  • Some family allowance for those that will stay more than 18months

To be taken at: UK Universities

How to Apply for Fully-Funded Commonwealth Scholarships For Masters & PhD :

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
  • Selected universities/university bodies, which can nominate their own academic staff
  • Selected non-governmental organisations and charitable bodies

All applications must be made through one of these nominating bodies. 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 that you are required to complete by your nominating body.
  • 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.
  • All applications, with full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications, must be submitted by 23.59 (GMT) on 22 February 2018 at the latest.
  • You are advised to complete and submit your application as soon as possible, as the EAS will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline.
  • You must provide the following supporting documentation, which must be received by the CSC by 23.59 (GMT)on 22 March 2018 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:
  • References from at least two individuals
  • Supporting statement from a proposed supervisor in the UK from at least one of the institutions named on your application form

Visit PhD Scholarship webpage for details. Read carefully for guidance.

Visit Masters Scholarship webpage for details. Read carefully for guidance.

Sponsors: Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) and UK Department for International Development (DFID)

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