Applications are now open for the UK Commonwealth Scholarships for Masters Degree Courses for the academic session 2020-2021. The scholarship scheme allows students to benefit from postgraduate study at a university in the UK which will help them to contribute toward the development of their home countries.
The aim of the scheme is to assist students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the UK.
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The CSC is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for International Development (DFID).
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.
Application Deadline: December 18, 2019
- University or Organization: Commonwealth Scholarship Commission
- Department: NA
- Course Level: Master’s degree
- Award: Scholarship covers fees, fares, and personal maintenance
- Number of Awards: Not given
- Nationality: Developing Commonwealth Countries
- The award can be taken in the UK
- 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.
- Eligible Course or Subjects: The studentships are awarded to study subjects related to the development of their home country at participating UK universities only.
- Eligibility Criteria: This 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 grant 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 application or who not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high-income country are invited to apply.
- How to Apply: The applications for the opportunity 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 application, firstly you will have to enter in the UK universities which are participating in this application.
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).