Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for Master's Courses in UK  2018-2019

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for Master's Courses in UK , and applications are submitted till 23.59 (BST) on 17 April 2018 at the latest. Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) in partnership with UK universities offers Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries. Shared Scholarships are usually tenable for one-year Master’s courses only. Candidates are recruited and selected by UK host universities in the first instance. Selection criteria include: the academic merit of the candidate, as well as the likely impact of their work on the development of their home country. Full details:

School(Institutions/ Country): List of participating universities and eligible courses UK

Level: Masters Degree Program

Field(s): Scholarships are awarded to study subjects related to the development of their home country at participating UK universities only

Deadline: 23.59 (BST) on 17 April 2018 at the latest.  

Funded By: Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) in partnership with UK universities.

Beneficiaries(Target Groups):  Commonwealth Shared Scholarships is targated for Open for International StudentsStudents of developing Commonwealth countries (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji*, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn  Islands, Rwanda, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Seychelles, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe) can apply for these Commonwealth Shared Scholarships.

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions):

Award No: Not Known

Scholarship Duration: Shared Scholarships are usually tenable for one-year Master’s courses only.

Scholarship covers: The CSC and host UK universities jointly meet the full costs of Commonwealth Shared Scholarships. Each Scholarship provides:
-Student concessionary or other approved airfare to the United Kingdom and return on expiry of the Scholarship (arranged by the host university; funded by the CSC)
-Approved tuition and examination fees (funded by the CSC)
-A personal maintenance allowance at the rate of £977 per month (£1,208 per month for those studying at institutions in the London Metropolitan area) – rates quoted at 2018-2019 levels (paid and funded by the
host university)
-A grant of £225 towards the expenses of preparing a dissertation, where applicable (claimed from the host
university; funded by the CSC)
-An initial arrival allowance, including visa reimbursement where applicable (funded by the host university)
-A grant of £200 for expenses for approved study travel within the UK or overseas (claimed from the host university; funded by the CSC)
-Excess baggage allowance for up to 10 kilograms of books only, when returning home (funded by the CSC) No additional allowances are available for spouses or other dependents.


‣  Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are offered by the CSC in partnership with UK universities.

These Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are intended for students from developing countries who would not otherwise be able to afford to undertake Master’s level study in the UK, to gain skills and knowledge which will allow them to contribute to the development of their home countries.

In 2018-2019, over 70 UK universities are jointly funding Shared Scholarships with the CSC. The CSC extends its thanks to these host
universities; while the scheme is managed by the CSC, its success depends critically on their support.


Have what it takes to avail  Commonwealth Shared Scholarships ?

To apply for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, candidates must:

To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2018
  • By October 2018, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
  • Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high income country
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

The CSC aims to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make change. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination, and encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates. For further information on the support available to candidates with a disability, see the CSC disability support statement.

The CSC is committed to administering and managing its scholarships and fellowships in a fair and transparent manner. For further information, see the CSC anti-fraud policy and the DFID guidance on reporting fraud.

Eligible Commonwealth countries

  • Bangladesh, Cameroon , Ghana, Guyana , India, Kenya, Kiribati , Lesotho , Malawi , Mozambique , Nigeria , Pakistan , Papua New Guinea, Rwanda , Samoa , Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands , Sri Lanka , Swaziland , Tanzania , Tuvalu , Uganda , Vanuatu , Zambia

Terms and conditions

For full terms and conditions – including further details of the scholarship themes, value of the scholarship, and general conditions – see the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2018 terms and conditions

Selection Criteria:

‣ Selection process

Each participating UK university will conduct its own recruitment process to select a specified number of candidates to be awarded Commonwealth Shared Scholarships. Universities must put forward their selected candidates to the CSC by 17 May 2018. The CSC will then confirm that these candidates meet the eligibility criteria for this scheme. Universities will inform candidates of their results by July 2018.

Selection criteria include:

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


  • Universities will inform candidates of their results by July 2018.

Scholarship Application Method

You should apply to study one of the taught Master’s courses offered in the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship scheme. These scholarships do not cover undergraduate courses, PhD study, or any pre-sessional English language teaching, and are usually tenable for one year only. View a full list of eligible courses

All applications must be made through your chosen university. You must check with your chosen university for their specific advice, admission requirements, and rules for applying. Some universities may require you to complete their own admissions application form as well, which may have a separate closing date. You must take the necessary steps to secure admission to your course at the same time as applying for a Shared Scholarship. View a full list of university contact details

You must make your application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS), in addition to any other application that you are required to complete by your chosen university. View full information on how to use the EAS, including detailed guides

You can apply for more than one course and/or to more than one university, but you may only accept one offer of a Shared Scholarship.

All applications must be submitted by 23.59 (BST) on 17 April 2018 at the latest. Each university has its own closing date for applications, and most are before this date. Any applications submitted after a university closing date will not be considered; please ensure you apply via the EAS before your university closing date. View a full list of university closing dates

The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the EAS to your UK university, or any applications directly from individuals; such applications will not be acknowledged.

The EAS is now open for Shared Scholarship applications.

‣ Scholarship Application Due Date: All applications must be submitted by  23.59 (BST) on 17 April 2018  at the latest. 

‣ 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.

For more Information about Commonwealth Shared Scholarships


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