2016 Commonwealth Scholarships for Developing Commonwealth Countries’ Students, UK, and applications are submitted till 19 November 2015. UK Department for International Development (DFID) offers Commonwealth Scholarships for developing countries’ students to pursue Master’s, PhD and split-site (PhD) degree program at UK Universities. Awards are made in respect of full-time study only and no other course of study may be undertaken at the same time. Full details:
School(Institutions/ Country): at UK Universities | UK
Field(s): all subject areas offered at UK universities, although the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to applications that demonstrate strong relevance to development.
Deadline: 19 November 2015.
Funded By: UK Department for International Development (DFID)
Beneficiaries(Target Groups): 2016 Commonwealth Scholarships are targeted for Students from developing Commonwealth country (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Virgin Islands (British) and Zambia) can apply for these Commonwealth scholarships
‣ No. of awards: Not Specified
‣ Scholarship Tenure : 2016 Commonwealth Scholarships support up to 36 months’ support towards completion of a three-year full-time doctoral postgraduate qualification at an eligible UK university and up to 12 months’ support towards completion of a full-time taught postgraduate qualification at an eligible UK university. The CSC funds one-year Master’s programmes only, and does not fund MBAs.
‣Value of Scholarship : Each scholarship provides:
‣ Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries.
2016 Commonwealth Scholarships are funded by the UK Department for
International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing
to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas
interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and
sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.
‣ Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
‣ Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
‣ Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2016
‣ By October 2016, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
‣ The CSC promotes equal opportunity, gender equity, and cultural exchange. Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates.
Selection Criteria for 2016 Commonwealth Scholarships
Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:
Notification for 2016 Commonwealth Scholarships
‣ If your application is successful, the CSC will notify you that you have been provisionally selected (selected for an award subject to the CSC agreeing your terms of admission to the university).
Scholarship Application Method
‣ You should apply to study at Master’s/PhD level at a UK university with which the CSC has a part funding agreement.
‣ All applicants must apply to one of the following nominating bodies in the first instance- the CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships: National nominating agencies – this is the main route of application; Selected universities/university bodies, which can nominate their own academic staff and Selected non-governmental organisations and charitable bodies.
‣ All applications must be made through your nominating body in your home country. Each nominating body is responsible for its own selection process.
‣ You must check with your nominating body for their specific advice and rules for applying, and for their own closing date for applications.
‣ The CSC does not impose any age limit on applicants, but nominating bodies may do so in line with their own priorities.
‣ You must make your application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS).
‣ Your application must be submitted to and endorsed by one of the approved nominating bodies listed above. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the EAS to a nominating body in your home country.
‣ Scholarship Application Deadline: All applications must be submitted by 19 November 2015 at the latest. Please note that this is an earlier deadline than in previous years.
‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website
‣ It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.