Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

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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.

  • Commonwealth shared scholarship is offered under 6 prominent themes:
    • Science and technology for development
    • Strengthening health systems and capacity
    • Promoting global prosperity
    • Strengthening global peace, security, and governance
    • Strengthening resilience and response to crises
    • Access, inclusion, and opportunity
  • Commonwealth shared scholarships covers fees, fares, and personal maintenance.
  • Each commonwealth scholarship, funded by CSC and various universities in the UK.
  • The application deadline for the 2020-2021 scholarship session was December 18, 2019. for 2021-2022, the deadline is yet to be announced.

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.


Highlights

Scholarship Type Merit-Based
Offered byGovernment bodies
OrganizationUK Department for International Development (DFID)
Application Deadline Dec 18 ,2020
No. of ScholarshipsN/A
AmountVariable
RenewabilityOne Time Payment
International Students EligibleYes
Scholarship Website Linkhttp://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/shared-scholarships/

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered eligible to apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships, the applicant must:

  • Citizen of an eligible Commonwealth country like India.
    • Refugees are also eligible.
  • Starting the studies with the UK academic year, i.e., by September/October 2020.
  • Minimum 75% in a relevant undergraduate or masters degree
  • not have worked or studied in a high-income country.
  • not be able to afford the study in the UK.

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.


Application Process

To be eligible for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships, applicants are required to complete a scholarship application.

  • The student must apply for one of the taught master’s programs offered under the scheme
  • Students should secure admission in their intended program of study in the UK.
  • Applicants must simultaneously apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship.
  • Applicants must complete their scholarship application using CSC's online application system.

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:

  • Proof of citizenship
  • All academic transcripts from all higher education institutions attended
  • Two references

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.


Selection Process

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-

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

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.


Grant Details

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 awardMerit
Number of ScholarshipsN/A
Result DateJuly 2020
Separate Application NeededYes
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Award ValueVaries
Citizenship EligibilityCommonwealth Countries
Study LevelMasters

The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship will cover the following expenses of the student:

Approved airfareto and from the student’s home country, to home country only at the end of the awardfunded by CSC
Approved tuition feesEntirely.funded by CSC
Stipend, i.e., living allowanceat £1,110 per month, or £1,362 per month for those studying at universities in the London metropolitan area.funded by university
Warm Clothing AllowanceIf applicablefunded by university
Thesis granttowards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertationfunded by university
Study travel grantstudy-related travel within the UK or overseasfunded by CSC
Excess baggage allowanceup to an annual approved limit, when returning home.funded by CSC
Reimbursement of the cost of a mandatory tuberculosis testrequired 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.

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