Explore – How to Apply for Commonwealth Scholarship as International Student

What are Commonwealth Scholarships?

Commonwealth Scholarships unveils a remarkable opportunity for students hailing from Commonwealth nations who aspire to pursue higher education in the UK. These scholarships, pivotal in breaking financial barriers, aim to nurture future leaders and visionaries through funding postgraduate studies across various study formats.

Who can apply?

To apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship, you must be a citizen or permanent resident of a Commonwealth country. You will still be eligible if you are a refugee or a British-protected person.

You need to have an undergraduate honours degree of at least upper second class (2:1). If you wish to study a PhD, you will need an appropriate master’s degree too.

Finally, you must be unable to afford to study in the UK without a scholarship.

The eligibility criteria for each type of scholarship and fellowship vary. More information is available on the CSC website.

CSC Development Themes

All Commonwealth Scholarships are offered under six CSC development themes.

  1. Science and technology for development
  2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  6. Access, inclusion and opportunity

There is no restriction on what you can study, but the CSC gives priority to applicants whose studies are most relevant to their development criteria.

What financial support is available?

Most Commonwealth Scholarships are fully funded, covering tuition fees, airfare to and from the UK, and a living allowance to support recipients during their stay. This comprehensive financial support ensures that scholars can focus on their academic pursuits without financial constraints.

How to apply

Depending on which scholarship you are applying for, you may need to apply through a National Nominating Agency, a university, or a Non-Governmental Organisation.

To find out how to apply for each of the scholarships, please visit the CSC apply page.

What is the deadline for applications?

Annual deadlines for applications are usually in December. Check the page of the scholarship you are interested in on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website to see the dates when they are announced for the upcoming academic year.



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