The UK government’s scholarship program is run by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC), with a focus on goals for international development. It functions within the framework of the CSFP (Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan) and provides a striking illustration of the UK’s ongoing dedication to the Commonwealth.
The CSC’s work combines sustainable development with the UK national interest and creates opportunities for global partnerships and collaboration by attracting people from all backgrounds with exceptional talent and discernible potential and assisting them in becoming leaders and innovators upon returning to their home countries.
Host Country: United Kingdom (UK)
Category: Postgraduate Scholarships | Masters
Eligible Countries: All Developing Countries
Reward: Full Scholarship | £1,516 Monthly
Stipend | Airfare Tickets | Accommodation
Deadline: October 18, 2022
Applications will be evaluated using the following factors:
- Academic rating of the applicant
- Quality of the study plan
- Potential effects on the candidate’s native country’s development.
Requirements for Scholarships:
Candidates that are interested in these scholarships must:
- Be a citizen of, received a refugee status from, or be a British Protected Person from one of the eligible Commonwealth nations
- Be a permanent resident of a Commonwealth nation
- Set to begin academic courses in the UK by September 2023, the start of the UK academic year
- Possess a first degree with a second class upper (2:1) honors standard by September 2023, or a second class degree (2:2) plus an appropriate postgraduate degree (often a Master’s degree)*. A second UK Master’s degree is not typically funded by the CSC. If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you must explain why you want to pursue this course of study.
- Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
- Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format.
Scholarship Duration and Reward
Each scholarship provides:
- Approved tuition costs: The CSC and the UK institution have an agreement that covers all costs, and scholars are not required to pay any portion of the tuition costs.
- Stipend (living stipend) of £1,236 per month, or £1,516 per month for students attending universities in the Greater London Area (rates quoted at current levels)
- Where appropriate, a warm clothing allowance
- Thesis grant to cover costs associated with writing a thesis or dissertation, as appropriate.
- Study travel grant to help with the cost of traveling for studies either inside the UK or internationally
- If you are accompanied by your children and they are residing with you at the same location in the UK and you have children and are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, you are eligible for a child allowance of £529 per month for the first child and £131 per month for the second and third children under the age of 16. (rates quoted at current levels)
- The CSC will offer a thorough evaluation of your needs and eligibility for further financial support if you disclose that you have a disability.
Submission & Documentation
Applications must be submitted online through the CSC’s application platform.
Candidates will be requested to: in the application form
- List all of your academic degrees, both undergraduate and graduate.
- List no more than ten publications and awards.
- Details of employment history should be provided, together with an explanation of how each position relates to the UK-based program.
- Indicate how your prior employment is relevant to the proposed scholarship in your statement.
- Include the names and positions of three referees who can remark on the applicant’s ability to benefit from the planned Scholarship in the UK as well as his or her potential to make a positive impact on development afterward. A current employer must be one of your references (if applicable)
- Give a four-part Development Impact statement.
In the first part you should explain
- global, national, and local development concerns
- Problems with development related to the larger industry and the CSC development theme you’ve chosen.
You should describe in the second section how you plan to use your new talents once your scholarship is over.
You should explain in the third section how you anticipate development will alter as a result of your Scholarship, including:
- Your outcomes, the strategy for achieving them, who will benefit from them, and their timing
Write about the best way to assess the impact of your work in the fourth section.
Verify the goals of your award and how the Scholarship program will help it achieve each of them.
Verify your goals for your career in the five years after receiving your Scholarship.
Verify your long-term professional goals.
In your personal statement, briefly describe how your background has motivated you to wish to have an effect in your place of origin.
You should highlight the ways in which you have already made a difference, like overcoming any obstacles on your path to your desired career that may have come from your personal or community.
Summarise the ways in which you have engaged in voluntary activities and the opportunities you have had to demonstrate leadership (up to 500 words).
Provide a scan of your passport or national identity card.Summarise the ways in which you have engaged in voluntary activities and the opportunities you have had to demonstrate leadership (up to 500 words).
Provide a scan of your passport or national identity card.
Applications for the 2023–24 academic year’s Commonwealth Master’s scholarships are now being accepted.
The deadline for applications is October 18, 2022, at 16:00 GMT, along with any other supporting documents.
- Applications must be submitted online through the CSC’s online application system
- Candidates must submit an application to the CSC and one of the nominating organizations listed below. After that, nomination committees will forward candidates to the CSC. Direct applications for these scholarships are not accepted by the CSC.
- The primary method of application is through National nominating agencies,
- Selected non-governmental organizations and charitable bodies.
Each nominating organization manages its own selection procedure and can have further eligibility requirements. Candidates should consult the nominating agency for information on their specific application guidelines and guidance. The deadline for applications may be determined by nominating organizations independently.
In addition to any other applications that may be requested by the nominating agency, candidates must submit an application using the CSC’s online application system. Any applications that are not submitted through the online application system will not be accepted by the CSC.
By December 2022, agencies must nominate candidates to the CSC.
Deadline: October 18, 2022