Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan for Indian Students in UK, 2015

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Applications are invited for Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan available for Indian students to pursue higher studies/research at any UK institution of higher education.  The candidate should not be more than 40 years of age as on 10.10.2014. Scholarships are awarded up to three years duration for doctoral degree, one year taught master’s course and six months for clinical training. Up to Sixty five (65) nominations are to be sent to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission for final selection to be made by them. Out of these not more than twenty six (26) are for doctoral studies. The application deadline is 10 October, 2014.

Study Subject(s): Scholarships are awarded in the following programs: Engineering and Technology (Electronics/Electrical, Environmental Studies, Remote Sensing Technology , Communication Engineering, Biotechnology or Biochemical Engineering, Robotics, Computer Applications/Computer Science, Aerospace Engineering /Aeronautics, Civil Engineering, Material Science, Mining Engineering and Marine Engineering), Science (Pure and Applied: Mathematics, Molecular Biology, Physics, Chemistry, including Pharmaceutical/Medicinal Chemistry), Agriculture (Agronomy & Forestry) and Humanities and Social Sciences (History, Sociology, Management Studies, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, Law, English (Literature/Linguistics), Political Science with International Relations).
Course Level: Scholarship is available for taught master’s courses or equivalent degree and doctoral degree at any UK institution of higher education.
Scholarship Provider: Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (UK Department for International Development)
Scholarship can be taken at: UK

Eligibility:
-The candidate should not be more than 40 years of age as on 10.10.2014 and fulfill the minimum qualifications.
-The candidates must have completed tertiary education in English Medium.
-For Master course: One should hold or able to produce the certificate of Bachelor’s Degree by October, 2015 in the subject field concerned (indicated above) securing 60% or above marks in Humanities and Social Science group and 65% or above marks in Engineering and Technology, Science and Agriculture Group.
-Candidates whose native language is not English will be required to provide evidence that they have sufficient competence in English to study in the United Kingdom. Nominated candidates will be required to take the IELTS, for which they may contact local British Council Office. An IELTS test will only be considered valid if taken after 1st October 2014 and before 6th March 2015.
-For doctoral degree: One should hold or able to produce the certificate of Master’s Degree by October 2015 in the concerned subject fields (indicated above) securing 60% or above marks in Humanities and Social Science group and 65% or above marks in the relevant subjects in Engineering and Technology, Science and Agriculture Group.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan is open for Indian students.

Scholarship Description: On line applications are invited from Indian nationals, through MHRD’s website for nominations, of the award of Commonwealth Scholarships in United Kingdom tenable from September/ October 2015 for higher studies/research in the subjects mentioned in the United Kingdom. Up to Sixty five (65) nominations are to be sent to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission for final selection to be made by them. Out of these not more than twenty six (26) are for doctoral studies.

Number of award(s): Up to Sixty five (65) nominations are to be sent to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission for final selection to be made by them. Out of these not more than twenty six (26) are for doctoral studies.

Duration of award(s): Scholarships are provided for doctoral degree up to three years duration, one year taught master’s course and six months of clinical training.

What does it cover? Each scholarship provides:
-Student concessionary or other approved airfare to the United Kingdom and return on expiry of the Scholarship (the cost of journey made before final award confirmation will not normally be reimbursed nor can fares be paid for a scholar’s dependents).
-Approved tuition and examination fees.
-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)
-A grant towards the expenses of preparing thesis or dissertation, where applicable.
-An initial arrival allowance, incorporating in initial clothing grant for scholars from tropical countries.
-A grant for expenses for approved travel within the United Kingdom or overseas.
-A contribution towards fieldwork costs for those Scholars undertaking doctoral studies for whom a case has been made for fieldwork outside the United Kingdom. This shall not normally exceed one economy class return airfare to the fieldwork location.
– A paid mid-term fare to their home country for Scholars on three years doctoral awards. Scholars for whom fieldwork fares are provided to their home country shall not be entitled to a mid-term fare home, nor Scholars who have claimed (or intend to claim) spouse or child allowances for more than 12 months during their award.
-For Scholars selected by the Commission for awards exceeding 18 months, a spouse allowance of £ 220 per month is payable provided that the Scholar and spouse are residing together at the same address in the United Kingdom. It is not paid when spouse is also in receipt of an award. For Scholars accompanied by their spouse and children, a child allowance is payable at the rate of £138 per month for the first child and £108 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, provided they are residing with their parents. The Commission’s spouse and family allowances represent only a contribution towards the cost of family maintenance in the UK and Scholars should expect and be able to supplement these allowances to support family members who choose to come to the UK. Irrespective of the length of the award, a Scholar who is widowed, divorced or a lone parent will receive an allowance in respect of the first accompanying child and child allowances for the second and third accompanying children.

Selection Criteria: Not Known

Notification: In case no communication is received by an applicant by 15th November, 2014, it may be presumed that he/she has not been short listed by the Selection Committee. No correspondence will be entertained in this regard.

How to Apply: Applications should be submitted online. Candidates are advised to submit independent applications directly to their preferred institutions at the same time as applying for this Scholarship. All candidates applying for Doctoral Study must provide the commission with evidence of support from a prospective supervisor from at least one of their chosen Institutions at the time of interview. So, if such support letter is not submitted at the time of interview, he/she will not be allowed to appear before the interview and no TA will be given.

 Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 10th October, 2014.

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