Administered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in the UK, Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships are meant for students from developing countries. This scholarship is for meritorious students beginning their studies in the UK and have secured admission in a one-year master’s program.
The Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships cover the airfare, living costs, tuition fees, travel cost, and even thesis or dissertation preparing costs. Furthermore, recipients with children are provided with allowances in certain conditions and a certain amount for warm clothing if needed.
|Organization||Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC)|
|No. of Scholarships||N/A|
|Renewability||One Time Payment|
|International Students Eligible||Yes|
|Scholarship Website Link||http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/about-us/|
Applicants of the Commonwealth Master’s Scholarship must fulfill the eligibility criteria mentioned below:
Different universities and institutions have different requirements for admission to a particular course.
These scholarships are for a full time taught courses only and are offered in six main subject matters which are:
Note: It may be possible that CSC does not require a particular qualification for eligibility but that is a must for seeking admission at a UK institution, in that case, the applicant has to fulfill the requirement of the institution as admission is mandatory for the scholarship.
For Example, an English proficiency test is not an eligibility criterion for the CSC but it is a criterion for most of the UK universities or institutions for admission.
Applicants are required to submit a separate Commonwealth Master’s Scholarship form. However, CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships.
Prospective applicants must apply via one of the following nominating bodies:
Once again, applicants must note that the applications made by one of the above options will be accepted.
Also, CSC specifies the documentation to be uploaded along with
All these documents must be uploaded in a particular size and file type specifications.
For Indian applicants, the address for the nominating agency:
Ministry of Human Resource Development
Department of Higher Education
External Scholarships Division
West Block-1, 2nd Floor, Wing-6
R K Puram New Delhi 110066
Tel: +91 11 261 72492
Fax: +91 11 2338 1355
The applicants have to complete all the formalities as described within the deadline given. The commission will process those applications which are complete in every aspect. No incomplete application will be entertained.
The nominating bodies have to submit the best applications by a specified timeline to the CSC.
As the number of applications invited is manifold than the number of scholarships, the selections are made on certain preset criteria. However, there are NO reservations or country-preferences.
The Selection Committee selects the applicants based on their
As the applicants are from commonwealth countries which are also developing countries, one of the main considerations is to take one’s country on the road of development effectively with the education gained.
The Commission may wish to interview the candidates, before making the final call on selections of Commonwealth Master’s Scholarship. This is to ensure that the selected students are suitable for studies in the UK, such as pursuing a Masters of Finance in the UK.
The Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships are for one year’s Master programs undertaken at a UK University, listed by CSC as partner funding institutions.
The Commonwealth scholarship covers the following::
If the accompanying children are below 16 years of age then £476 for the first child and £117 for the second and third child is paid with a condition that the grantee is a single parent or a divorcee or a widow/widower. These children have to stay with the grantee during the term of the award to receive this maintenance.
The commission has specific terms and conditions for the applicants and recipients of the Commonwealth Master’s Scholarship. Everyone is must adhere to these terms:
The applicants selected by the CSC represent their own country as well as the world organizations associated with the scholarship program.
The Commonwealth Scholarships are mainly for those who have the potential to make a difference in their own country's growth but are not financially sound to take up higher degree programs in the UK.