Master’s and PhD scholarships for Developing Commonwealth Country Citizens to study at UK University, 2013 UK
Study Subject(s):All academic disciplines – including medicine, dentistry, and allied sciences – primarily for formal postgraduate study in preparation for a university degree or diploma (such as MSc, PhD, DPH). In medicine and dentistry, scholarships may be awarded for six months of clinical training
Course Level:Master’s and PhD
Scholarship Provider: BIS, UK Aid, The Scottish government, Foreign and Commonwealth office
Scholarship can be taken at: UK
Scholarship Open for International Students: Yes
Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: Developing Commonwealth Countries
Scholarship Description: Commonwealth Scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries are offered for Master’s, PhD, and split-site (PhD) study in the UK. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
Each year, the CSC invites each nominating agency/university/university body to forward a specific number of nominations. Each nominating agency/university/university body is responsible for its own selection process, and in most cases they will set their own closing date, which will be before the CSC’s deadline for nominations (21 December 2012).
Numbers of Award:
Approximately 300 scholarships are awarded each year. The CSC invites around three times more nominations than scholarships available – therefore, nominated candidates are not guaranteed to get a scholarship. There are no quotas for scholarships for any individual country. Candidates nominated by national nominating agencies are in competition with those nominated by universities/university bodies, and the same standards will be applied to applications made through either channel.
What it covers:
• Student concessionary or other approved airfare to the United Kingdom and return on expiry of the Scholarship (the cost of jour – neys made before final award confirmation will not normally be reimbursed, nor can fares be paid for a Scholar’s dependants)
• Approved tuition and examination fees
• A personal maintenance allowance at the rate of £917 per month (£1,134 per month for those studying at institutions in the London Metropolitan area)
• A grant towards the expenses of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable
• An initial arrival allowance, incorporating an initial clothing grant for Scholars from tropical countries
• A grant for expenses for approved travel within the United Kingdom or overseas
There is a nominating agency for Commonwealth Scholarships in each Commonwealth country. In addition, universities and university bodies in a number of developing Commonwealth countries are invited to nominate candidates to the CSC.
–National nominating agencies invited to nominate candidates, including contact details
–Universities/university bodies invited to nominate candidates for split-site (PhD) study
–Universities/university bodies invited to nominate their own academic staff for Master’s, PhD, and split-site (PhD) study
Who can Apply?
To apply for the awards covered in this prospectus, candidates should: • Be Commonwealth citizens, refugees, or British protected persons
-Be permanently resident in a Commonwealth country other than the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man
-Be available to commence their academic studies in the United Kingdom by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2013
-Hold, by October 2013, a first degree of upper second class Honours standard (or above); or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification, which will normally be a Master’s degree and
-For enhancing clinical skills in the fields of medicine and dentistry, have qualified as a doctor or dentist between 1 October 2003 and 30 September 2008.
How to Apply:
All applications must be made through your nominating agency (or university/university body, if applicable) in your home country. You must check with them in the first instance for specific advice on how to make an application and for their own closing date. The CSC cannot accept any applications direct from candidates.
The CSC expects all Commonwealth Scholarship candidates to be nominated by an approved nominating agency/university/university body, and to have completed an application form using our Electronic Application System (EAS). Full help on how to apply using the EAS is provided in our guides, which should be read in full before making any attempt to use the EAS.
The EAS will close to applicants on 7 December 2012 and no further applications can be made after that date. The CSC will not accept any applications which are not submitted via the EAS to the nominating agency/university/university body in the candidate’s home country.
Scholarship Application Deadline: 7 December 2012