Apply: Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for Master’s Study in the UK 2018 (Fully-funded)

Apply: Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for Master's Study in the UK 2018 (Fully-funded)

Applications is now ongoing for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2018 for students from lower income Commonwealth countries, for Master’s study on selected courses, fully funded by UK Department for International Development (DFID).

The Commonwealth Shared Scholarships offers motivated and talented candidate to be exposed to international study environment and get equipped on necessary skills required for sustainable development, for low income commonwealth study who cannot afford to study in the UK. These scholarships is given under following themes:

  1. Science and technology for development
  2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  6. Access, inclusion and opportunity

Scholarship Value

Shared Scholarships is funded by the CSC and participating UK universities. The scholarship covers the following:

  • Airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of the program
  • Tuition and examination fees by the CSC
  • Stipend (living allowance) of £1,065 per month, or £1,306 per month for those studying at universities in the London metropolitan area
  • Warm clothing allowance
  • Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
  • Excess baggage allowance, up to an annual approved limit, when returning home
  • Reimbursement of the cost of a mandatory tuberculosis (TB) test, where required for a visa application (receipts must be supplied)

Additional allowances for spouses or other dependants are not usually available.


To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person.
  • Be permanently living in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Be ready to commence your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2018
  • By October 2018, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
  • Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high income country
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

The CSC aims to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make change.

Eligible Countries

  • Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, Guyana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, and Zambia.

Selection Process

Each participating UK University will conduct its own recruitment process to select a specified number of candidates to be awarded Commonwealth Shared Scholarships. Universities must put forward their selected candidates to the CSC by 17 May 2018. The CSC will then confirm that these candidates meet the eligibility criteria for this scheme. Universities will inform candidates of their results by July 2018.

Selection criteria include:

  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country.

Application Process

You should apply to study one of the taught Master’s courses offered in the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship scheme. These scholarships do not cover undergraduate courses, PhD study, or any pre-sessional English language teaching, and are usually tenable for one year only. View a full list of eligible courses.

Apply for the scholarship using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS), in addition to any other application that you are required to complete by your chosen university.

Deadline Date: April 17, 2018

For details information, visit  APPLICATION LINK.


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