Applications are invited for Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships to study for a UK Master’s degree while living and working in the home country. Students from developing commonwealth countries can apply for these scholarships.
Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship aims to contribute to development needs of Commonwealth countries by providing training for skilled and qualified professionals in key development areas.
Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship is one of the largest and most prestigious scholarship schemes for international study in the world. These 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.
Applicants must hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard. A lower qualification and sufficient relevant experience may be considered in certain cases. Candidate must provide a certificate confirming an overall score of at least 6.5, with no less than 5.5 in each band.
Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing Masters Degree courses.
Study Subject(s): Scholarships are awarded to study following programs:
List of Subjects: MSc Palliative Medicine and Care (available to citizens of Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka only) at Cardiff University, MSc Tropical Forestry at Bangor University, MSc Environmental Management (available to citizens of Kenya only), MA Online and Distance Education at Open University, MSc Burn Care, MSc Endocrinology and Diabetes, MSc Gastroenterology, MSc Orthopaedic Trauma Science, MSc Trauma Sciences at Queen Mary, University of London, MSc Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health (available to citizens of Sri Lanka only) at Royal Veterinary College, MSc Public Financial Management (available to citizens of Malawi and Tanzania only) at SOAS, University of London, MA Education and International Development (available to citizens of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda only), MA Education, Gender and International Development (available to citizens of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda only), MA Education, Health Promotion and International Development (available to citizens of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda only) at UCL Institute of Education, MSc International Development (Conflict, Security and Development) at University of Birmingham, MSc Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health, MSc Clinical Education, MVetSci Conservation Medicine, MSc Family Medicine, MSc Global Challenges, MSc Global eHealth, MSc Global Health and Infectious Disease, MSc International Animal Health, MSc One Health, MSc Paediatric Emergency Medicine, MPH Public Health at University of Edinburgh, MSc Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management at University of Leicester, MPH Public Health at University of Liverpool, MSt International Human Rights Law at University of Oxford, MSc Global Ageing and Policy, MSc Gerontology at University of Southampton, MSc Dementia Studies (available to applicants from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka only) at University of Stirling, MSc Finance (available to applicants from Kenya, Malawi, and Tanzania only), MSc Hydrogeology (available to applicants from Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe only) at University of Strathclyde, MSc in Sustainable Aquaculture at University of St Andrews, MA Public Policy and Management at University of York.
Scholarship Award: All expressions of interest must meet the CSC’s overall funding cap of £18,000 per scholarship. This figure must cover all elements of the award, including tuition fees, grants to recipients, applicable partnership development costs, and any UK residential programmes. If the actual costs of delivering the course are higher than £18,000, the university must clearly identify the source of top up funding in its expression of interest, and any subsequent proposal. Funding is available for five years from the start of an approved programme
Number of Awards: To date, nearly 1,000 Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships have been awarded.
Scholarship can be taken at Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships for individuals to study for a UK Master’s degree while living and working in their home country.
Eligibility: To apply for these scholarships, applicants must:
- Be a citizen of a developing Commonwealth country, refugee, or British protected person
- Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
- Hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard. A lower qualification and sufficient relevant experience may be considered in certain cases
Nationality: Students from following developing Commonwealth countries can apply for these Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships.
List of Countries: 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, Pitcairn Islands, 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, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Virgin Islands (British), Zambia and Zimbabwe
Details about the countries can be found here.
College Admission Requirement
Entrance Requirement: Applicants must hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard. A lower qualification and sufficient relevant experience may be considered in certain cases.
Test Requirement: No
English Language Requirements: Candidates may be required to take the Academic IELTS English language test as a condition of eligibility. It is the candidate’s responsibility to check with their UK university whether this requirement applies to them. If selected, the candidate must provide a certificate confirming an overall score of at least 6.5, with no less than 5.5 in each band. An IELTS test will be considered valid only if it is taken up to one year prior to the start date of the course.
How to Apply: The application cycle for Distance Learning Scholarships has three stages:
- The CSC invites expressions of interest from UK Universities for Distance Learning Scholarships (AugustSeptember).
- The CSC invites formal proposals from shortlisted universities, deciding which courses to select and how many scholarships to allocate to each course (November-January).
- The CSC selects candidates for Distance Learning Scholarships from a shortlist of candidates nominated by each university following its own recruitment process (February-July) Expressions of interest and proposals from universities and applications from candidates must be made using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS).
Application Deadline: The deadline for applications is June 18, 2017.