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Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for Master’s Courses in UK, 2020

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) in partnership with UK universities offers Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries.

The scholarship is intended to support driven and talented students to achieve their educational dream.

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Great opportunity for students from developing Commonwealth countries.

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The CSC is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for International Development (DFID).

Why you should apply at this University? Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom supports innovators and leaders of the future from across the Commonwealth and attracting outstanding talent to Britain’s universities.

Scholarship Description

  • Application Deadline: All applications must be submitted by 16.00 (GMT) on 18 December 2019 at the latest.
  • Course Level: Scholarships are available at the master’s degree level
  • Scholarship Award: Scholarship covers fees, fares, and personal maintenance
  • Numbers of Award: Not given
  • Nationality: Developing Commonwealth Countries
  • Scholarship can be taken in the UK

Eligibility for the Scholarship

  • Eligible Countries: Bangladesh, Cameroon, Eswatini, The Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia
  • English Language Requirements: If applicants require a Tier 4 visa to come to the UK to study, they may be required to take an approved English language test and/or be screened for tuberculosis for your visa application. These regulations are subject to change at any time.
  • Eligible Course or Subjects: Scholarships are awarded to study subjects related to the development of their home country at participating UK universities only.
  • Eligibility Criteria:

This scholarship program is applicable to those students who are available to start their academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2020.  The scholarship is open to a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person.

Students who are unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship or who not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high-income country are invited to apply.

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A master degree makes you more employable, increase you’re earning power and provide you with skills to get a job. The kind of job options available to you depends on the kind of degree you pursue and the skills you learn from it.

Application Procedure

How to Apply: The applications for the scholarship must be submitted online.
Supporting Documents: As part of the application, the applicants must submit all the following required documents:

  • Proof of citizenship or refugee status – uploaded to the online application system
  • Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications (with certified
    translations if not in English – uploaded to the online application system
  • References from at least two individuals.
  • All supporting documents should be uploaded by the online application system as a file which is not more than 5 MB and should be in one of the following formats: PDF, .doc, .docx, .odt, .jpg,. jpeg files submitted in any other format (including zip files and PDF portfolios) will not be accepted.

Admission Requirements: In order to apply, you will have to apply to study one of the taught Master’s courses offered in the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship scheme. View a full list of eligible courses. If you want to apply for this scholarship, firstly you will have to enter in the UK universities which are participating in this scholarship.

Program Benefits

The university will provide all the following:

  • Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,084 per month, or £1,330 per month for those studying at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2018-2019 levels) – paid and funded by the university.
  • Approved tuition fees – funded by the CSC.
  • Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award arranged by the university; funded by the CSC.
  • Warm clothing allowance, where applicable – paid and funded by the university
  • Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable – claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC
  • Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas – claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC
  • Excess baggage allowance, up to an annual approved limit, when returning home – claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC
  • If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of £465 per month for the first child, and £114 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if you are accompanied by your children and they are living with at the same address in the UK (rates quoted at 2019-2020 levels)

Dates and Deadlines: All applications must be submitted by 16.00 (GMT) on 18 December 2019 at the latest.

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