Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are financial aid options for candidates hailing from least developed or lower-middle-income commonwealth countries. The scholarship is awarded for studies in the UK in a full-time Master’s study on selected courses.
Around 23 Commonwealth countries (including India)are eligible for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship. The number of scholarships awarded varies with the university a student is enrolling in.
|Offered by||Government bodies|
|Organization||UK Department for International Development (DFID)|
|Application Deadline||Dec 18 ,2020|
|No. of Scholarships||N/A|
|Renewability||One Time Payment|
|International Students Eligible||Yes|
|Scholarship Website Link||http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/shared-scholarships/|
To be considered eligible to apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships, the applicant must:
Note: The CSC will not fund for a second master’s degree, if the applicant still applies, they will have to justify the reasoning behind undertaking the study.
The eligible Commonwealth countries for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships include Bangladesh, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, The Gambia, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, and Zambia.
To be eligible for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships, applicants are required to complete a scholarship application.
All scholarship applications must be submitted by 16.00 (GMT) on December 18. Applicants are required to submit the following documents along with the scholarship application:
Applicants must make sure to upload all their required documents as files that are not more than 5 MB in size. All documents must be in one of the following formats- PDF, .doc, .docx, .odt, .jpg, or .jpeg.
Every participant UK university would recruit individuals for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships. The number of applicants selected varies with the university.
The selection criteria for the scholarship are-
The university must forward the selected candidates to CSC in March 2020. After which the CSC will inform them whether the chosen candidates meet the criteria of the scheme. The university will then inform the chosen final candidates by July 2020.
Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are available for students who want to study taught Master's program at a UK university.
The scholarship enables talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development. They are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.
|Basis of granting the award||Merit|
|Number of Scholarships||N/A|
|Result Date||July 2020|
|Separate Application Needed||Yes|
|Mode of Application||Online|
|Citizenship Eligibility||Commonwealth Countries|
The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship will cover the following expenses of the student:
|Approved airfare||to and from the student’s home country, to home country only at the end of the award||funded by CSC|
|Approved tuition fees||Entirely.||funded by CSC|
|Stipend, i.e., living allowance||at £1,110 per month, or £1,362 per month for those studying at universities in the London metropolitan area.||funded by university|
|Warm Clothing Allowance||If applicable||funded by university|
|Thesis grant||towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation||funded by university|
|Study travel grant||study-related travel within the UK or overseas||funded by CSC|
|Excess baggage allowance||up to an annual approved limit, when returning home.||funded by CSC|
|Reimbursement of the cost of a mandatory tuberculosis test||required for a student visa application to the UK (receipts must be supplied).||funded by CSC|
Recipients of the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship are required to adhere to the standards to conduct for the scholarship. Any complaints will be taken very seriously and will be addressed by the CSC.