The Commonwealth Scholarship is an international program available to the students who are from the commonwealth countries like India, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Belgium, etc. Students from India can avail this scholarship to pursue studies in three countries, namely New Zealand, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. However, the scholarship program is most popular in the UK.
Commonwealth Scholarship is majorly offered to those students who require financial support and have a good academic record. This can be a great opportunity for students who are willing to pursue a degree in higher educational courses at renowned universities abroad.
|No. of Scholarships||N/A|
|Renewability||One Time Payment|
|International Students Eligible||Yes|
|Scholarship Website Link||http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/|
The eligibility criteria for international applicants applying for the Commonwealth Scholarship program vary according to the level of degree and the top-ranking UK university they choose. The requirements for applicants opting for master’s and Ph.D. level of study are mentioned below:
To be considered for the Commonwealth Scholarship, an eligible applicant master’s students must
To obtain the Commonwealth Scholarship, an eligible candidate must
The candidate must also be able to afford to study at a university in the United Kingdom. The students who have received the offer for admission from any university that is listed among the commonwealth countries can apply.
To apply for Commonwealth Scholarships, candidates are required to submit their applications through a National Nominating agency. Every participating commonwealth country has its own specific nominating bodies, with its own rules, eligibility, and deadlines.
To begin their applications for the Commonwealth scholarships, you must submit the following documents:
The preliminary selection of Commonwealth Scholarship recipients will be done in India. The process will be carried out by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
The preliminary selections will be done through a process of application shortlisting, followed by personal interviews in New Delhi.
Note: Applicants and recipients of the Commonwealth Scholarship must note that they should not be the recipient(s) of other British Council scholarships like Chevening Scholarship, GREAT Scholarship, etc.
The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship has benefitted over 26,000 students across the world. The awards provided by the program are funded by the Department for Business, Department for International Development, Department for Education and the Energy & Industrial Strategy.
Many talented students have been given the opportunity to complete their education at international universities through this scholarship. It aims to provide sufficient financial support to scholars.
The Commonwealth Scholarship covers specific courses. This means that the applicants who wish to study one of these courses are offered a scholarship. The benefits offered may vary slightly. however, some of the common benefits are as follows:
Some specific benefits are:
|Scholarship||Eligible courses||Benefit duration||Benefits|
|Commonwealth scholarship - UK||Master’s degree program||2 years (the duration of the program)||Thesis grant;|
Travel grant for the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
|Commonwealth scholarship - UK*||Ph.D. level program||4 years (the duration of the program)||Study-travel grants;|
Fieldwork grants when the work is done overseas;
Travel expenses (airfare) for a mid-term visit to the home
*For 18 months long scholarships, spouse allowance of about 233 GBP per month, and the family expense of 233 GBP per month for the first child and 114 GBP for the second child and third child below the age of 16 years will be provided.
The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
John Foster House
36 Gordon Square
London, WC1H OPF
Tel: +44-207-387 8572
Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD)
Department of Higher Education
External Scholarship Division
ES.4 Section, West Block-1
Wing-6, 2nd Floor, R. K. Puram, New Delhi-110066
Tel: and 26172492