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Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme Invitation: Applications are currently ongoing for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme for Study in UK Universities. Interested students can see the details and apply if eligible.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme for Study in UK Universities

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme Details and FAQs

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The CSC is offering the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme for Masters Students from Commonwealth Countries to study in UK Universities 2019/2020. 

The Commonwealth Shared Scholarships, set up by the Department for International Development (DFID) in 1986, represent a unique partnership between the United Kingdom government and UK universities. To date, more than 3,500 students from developing Commonwealth countries have been awarded Shared Scholarships.

UK universities have offered to support the scholarships by contributing the stipend for the students from their own resources, or those which the university has been able to generate from elsewhere.

When is the application deadline?

14th March 2019 16.00 (GMT)

Is the scholarship/opportunity offered annually?

Yes

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, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia.

In which host country will the awardees be studying?

Various UK Universities. Download CSS prospectus 2019 in Program Webpage Link below for full list of participating universities and respective deadlines.

Accepted Subject Areas:

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship scheme is for taught Master’s courses only. All courses undertaken must be demonstrably relevant to the economic, social or technological development of the candidate’s home country.

How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

To apply for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship scheme, candidates must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2019
  • By October 2019, 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). The CSC would not normally fund a second UK Master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you will need to provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study.
  • 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. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination, and encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates.

Selection Criteria:

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

Number of Scholarships

More than 200 scholarships

Scholarship Value: 

The CSC funds the cost of tuition fees (at overseas rate), return airfares, and other allowances. Participating universities are required to support the student stipend for the award holder (at the rate set by the UK government).

Duration of scholarship

Awards are normally tenable for one-year taught postgraduate courses only.

How to Apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme

  1. All applications must be made through your chosen university. You must check with your chosen university for their specific advice, admission requirements, and rules for applying.

Some universities may require you to complete their own admissions application form as well, which may have a separate closing date. You must take the necessary steps to secure admission to your course at the same time as applying for a Shared Scholarship.

  • You must make your application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS), in addition to any other application that you are required to complete by your chosen university.
  • You can apply for more than one course and/or to more than one university, but you may only accept one offer of a Shared Scholarship.
  • The CSC’s online application form is now open.

Scholarship Webpage


University of Nottingham Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Details and FAQs

The University of Nottingham is delighted to offer this scholarship in partnership with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) for students holding an offer in selected subject areas.

When is the application deadline?

14th March 2019 (16:00 GMT)

Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

Developing Commonwealth countries

In which host country will the awardees be studying?

UK

Fields of Study

  • MSc Advanced Nursing
  • MSc Economic Development and Policy Analysis
  • MSc Economics and Development Economics
  • MA Education
  • MSc Midwifery Studies and Maternal and Newborn Health
  • MPH Public Health
  • MPH Public Health (Global Health)

What is the category of this opportunity?

Masters

How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

An interested candidate can apply for this scholarship if they:

  • are a Commonwealth citizen, refugee or British protected person permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country (please see the CSC’s webpage in link below for a list of eligible countries) AND;
  • are classed as an overseas student for fee purposes AND;
  • have not studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a developed country AND;
  • are unable, either yourself or through your family, to pay to study in the UK AND;
  • are not currently studying at a University of Nottingham campus or are not a University of Nottingham graduate AND;
  • by August 2019, hold a first degree of either first or upper second class (2:1) classification, or lower second class (2:2) classification plus a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a masters degree) AND;
  • hold an offer to start a full-time masters degree programme at Nottingham in September 2019 in one of the following courses above

How are selections made?

Application for admission to study at Nottingham must be received at least six weeks before the scholarship closing date to allow time for our Admissions office to process the application and confirm your offer, before you can apply for the scholarship.

How many scholarship awards are available?

7

What are the benefits of the scholarship?

Fully-funded scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries:

  • 100% of tuition fees;
  • return airfare to the UK;
  • a maintenance award and additional allowances

What is the duration of the scholarship?

Duration of program

How to Apply for the Programme:

You must make your scholarship application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS).

Scholarship Webpage


University College London (UCL) Commonwealth Shared Scholarship

The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (with funding from the Department for International Development (DFID), and UK universities, to support scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the United Kingdom.

Awards are for taught Master’s programmes only, subjects must be related to the economic, social and technological development of a candidate’s country.

When is the application deadline?

14th March 2019

Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

Developing Commonwealth Countries

In which host country will the awardees be studying?

UK

Fields of Study:

  • Department of Chemistry

    • MSc Materials for Energy and Environment
  • Institute for Global Health

    • MSc Global Health and Development
    • MSc Health Economics and Decision Science
  • Institute for Global Prosperity
    • MSc Global Prosperity
  • Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (Earth Sciences)
    • MSc Risk, Disaster, and Resilience
  • Institute of Education

    • MA Education and International Development
    • MA Education, Gender and International Development
    • MA Education, Health Promotion and International Development
    • MA Educational Planning, Economics and International Development
  • Development Planning Unit
    • MSc Development Administration and Planning

What is the category of this opportunity?

Masters (taught)

How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

Applicants must:

  • Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country (for a full list of eligible countries, see the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission terms and conditions
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2019
  • By August 2019, hold a first degree of either first or upper second class (2:1) classification, or lower second class (2:2) classification plus a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
  • Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a developed country
  • Be unable, either yourself or through your family, to pay to study in the UK
  • Apply for admission to UCL for one of the eligible programmes above

How many scholarship awards are available?

UCL will allocate up to ten awards this academic year.

What are the benefits of the award?

The award will cover tuition fees, a maintenance allowance, economy air travel to and from the UK at the beginning and end of the scholar’s degree programme plus additional discretionary allowances.

What is the duration of the program?

Awards are normally tenable for one year.

How to Apply for the Programme:

  • You must separately apply for admission to UCL for one of the eligible programmes through the standard admissions procedure.
  • You must apply for the scholarship on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Electronic Application System (EAS) online following the procedures described on their website.
  • Applications to the scheme are now open.
  • In order to be considered for this scholarship at UCL, you must complete the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Electronic Application System (EAS) online: by the deadline of 14 March 2019.
  • All applications received before the deadline will be considered. If an application is received after this deadline it will not be deemed eligible and cannot be considered.

Program Webpage


University of Birmingham Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Details and FAQs

Applications are currently ongoing for the University of Birmingham Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for Students from Developing Commonwealth Countries. Interested students can see the details and apply if eligible.

The University of Birmingham is delighted to offer this scholarship in partnership with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) for students from developing commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the United Kingdom.

When is the application deadline?

7th March, 2019

Is the scholarship/opportunity offered annually?

Yes

Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon, Dominica, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

In which host country will the awardees be studying?

UK

Fields of Study:

Candidates must also have been offered a place at the University of Birmingham on one of the following postgraduate programmes:

  • MA Africa and Development
  • MA African Studies
  • MA Social Research (African Studies)
  • MSc Health Economics and Health Policy
  • MSc Environment, Development and Politics
  • MSc Conflict, Statebuilding and Development
  • MPH Public Health
  • MSc Clinical Oncology

What is the category of this opportunity?

Postgraduate taught masters

How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

Candidates are expected to hold a first degree at first class level and be under the age of 30 at the time the award begins.

Candidates must also certify that they:

  • are nationals of a Commonwealth developing country, and not at present living or studying in a developed country;
  • have not undertaken studies lasting one year or more in a developed country;
  • are themselves, or through their families, unable to pay to study in the United Kingdom;
  • agree to return to their own country to work or study as soon as the award ends. The commission will only consider requests to extend leave to remain in the UK post-award for those wishing to move from Masters to PhD study. Strict conditions will apply.
  • DFID requires that the University certifies when submitting its shortlist of candidates that they are sufficiently proficient in the English language to cope with the course for which they have applied. This will normally mean that you will have to have satisfied any requirements concerning competence in the English language which are a condition of your offer of admission.

Candidates must also have been offered a place at the University of Birmingham on one of the following postgraduate programmes:

  • MSc Clinical Oncology (School of Cancer Studies)
  • MSc Development Economics (Dept of Economics)

How many scholarship awards are available?

3

What are the benefits of the scholarship?

The award is financed jointly by the University and the DFID. The award will cover:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Maintenance stipend
  • Air fare to and from the United Kingdom
  • Immigration Health Surcharge costs
  • A one-off arrival allowance payment of approximately £950
  • Thesis expenses of £225
  • Study travel grant up to £200
  • Excess baggage allowance for books up to 10kg on the return flight

What is the duration of the scholarship?

1 year

How to Apply for the Programme:

  • In order to apply for this scholarship, you must submit an application to both the University of Birmingham and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.
  • Applications opened Commonwealth Scholarship Commission on 12 January 2019. You may submit your application form before you have received an offer from the University, however you must have secured your University offer before the deadline of 7 March 2019 at 16:00 UK time, in order to be considered for a scholarship.

Scholarship Webpage


University of Oxford Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Details and FAQs

Applications are currently ongoing for the University of Oxford Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for Developing Countries. Interested students can see the details and apply if eligible.

The University of Oxford is offering the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme for students from select developing countries for the academic session 2019/2020.

When is the application deadline?

14th March 2019

Is the scholarship/opportunity offered annually?

Yes

Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

Awards are open to students from: Bangladesh, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ghana, Guyana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, The Gambia, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, or Zambia.

In which host country will the awardees be studying?

University of Oxford UK

Fields of Study

You must also be applying to one of the following courses:

  • MSc International Health and Tropical Medicine
  • MSc Environmental Change and Management
  • MSc Biodiversity, Conservation and Management
  • MSc Water Science, Policy and Management
  • Master of Public Policy
  • MSt Diplomatic Studies
  • MSc Education (Child Development and Education)
  • MSc Economics for Development

What is the category of this opportunity?

Masters

Who is eligible to apply?

Candidates must:

  • Hold a first degree at either first class or upper second class level;
  • Be nationals of a Commonwealth developing country, and not at present living or studying in a developed country;
  • Have not undertaken studies lasting one year or more in a developed country;
  • Be able to confirm in writing that neither they nor their families are able to pay for them to study in the UK (you will be asked to confirm this if you are nominated for the scholarship by Oxford – you do not need to provide confirmation in advance);
  • Be willing to return to their home country as soon as their award comes to an end (the Commission will only consider requests to extend leave to remain in the UK post-award for those wishing to progress from Master’s to PhD study and strict conditions will apply).

How many scholarship awards are available?

up to 9

What are the benefits?

The scholarship covers course fees and a grant for living costs for full-time students of at least £13,008.

What is the duration of the scholarship?

Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course.

How to Apply

To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

1. Submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline for your course.  In exceptional circumstances, applicants for the MSt Diplomatic Studies and the MSc Education (Child Development and Education) who apply by the March deadline for their course may also be considered.

2. Complete the online scholarship application form issued by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission by 16:00 (GMT) on 14 March 2019.

Selection is expected to take place in July 2019.

Scholarship Webpage


Sheffield Hallam University Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Details and FAQs

Sheffield Hallam University participates in the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS) and welcomes applications from eligible students in developing countries for the 2019/2020 scholarship award.

When is the application deadline?

7th March 2019

Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

Developing Commonwealth countries

In which host country will the awardees be studying?

UK

Fields of Study

  • MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • MSc Environmental Management
  • MSc Specialist Physiotherapy Practice
  • MSc Nutrition with Public Health Management

What is the category of this opportunity?

Masters

How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

Applicants must

  • be nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country (see list below), and not be currently living or studying in a developed country
  • hold a first degree at either first or upper second class level
  • have not previously worked for one year or more in a developed country
  • have not undertaken tertiary studies outside their home country
  • be able to confirm in writing that neither they nor their families would otherwise be able to pay for the proposed course of study
  • return to their home country within one month of the end of their course

How many scholarship awards are available?

Three

What are the benefits of the scholarship?

The CSSS covers tuition fees, living and travel costs for the duration of a full-time taught masters course.

How to Apply for the Programme

Please submit your application via the CSSS electronic application system.

Please include the following documents in your online application

  • a copy of your IELTS certificate (or equivalent)
  • copies of your qualifications

If you do not include these supporting documents, then your application could be delayed. You can add the documents as a PDF to your online application.

Scholarship Webpage


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