Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD Study

Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD Study

Conducted By : Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK
March 22 2018   Scholarship   Undergraduate, Post Graduate   India, Global
 About Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD Study

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is one of the largest and most prestigious international scholarship schemes in the world. Since it was established in 1959, 35,000 individuals have held a Commonwealth Scholarship or Fellowship – 27,000 of them were funded by the UK government, through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC).

The CSC awards over 800 scholarships and fellowships for postgraduate study and professional development to Commonwealth citizens each year. The CSC’s Secretariat is provided by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, based in London; overseas services are provided by the British Council.

For information about the other scholarships and fellowships offered by the CSC, visit

For information about Commonwealth Scholarships offered by other Commonwealth countries, visit



To apply for these scholarships, one must:

  • Should be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Should be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Should be available to start 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) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree) NOT be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university before September/October 2018 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 a change. 

Eligible Common Wealth Countries:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bangladesh
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Cameroon
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Montserrat
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua
  • New Guinea
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Rwanda
  • St Helena
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent 
  • The Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra
  • Leone
  • The Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia
 Reward Description

Commonwealth Scholarship for Masters and PhD Study Rewards: 

  • Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependants, nor usually the cost of journeys made before your award is finally confirmed)
  • Approved tuition fees Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,065 per month, or £1,306 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2017-2018 levels)
  • Warm clothing allowance, where applicablenStudy travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
  • Provision towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas (usually the cost of one economy class return airfare to your fieldwork location), where approved
  • Paid mid-term visit (airfare) to your home country (unless you have claimed (or intend to claim) spouse and/or child allowances during your scholarship, or have received a return airfare to your home country for fieldwork)

Family allowances, as follows:

  • Spouse allowance of £229 per month if you and your spouse are living together at the same address in the UK (unless your spouse is also in receipt of a scholarship; other conditions also apply)
  • Child allowance of £229 per month for the first child, and £112 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if you are accompanied by your spouse and children and they are living with you at the same address in the UK
  • If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of £458 per month for the first child, and £112 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 you at the same address in the UK
  • The CSC’s family allowances are intended to be only a contribution towards the cost of maintaining your family in the UK. The true costs are likely to be considerably higher, and you must be able to supplement these allowances in order to support any family members who come to the UK with you.
 Application Process

Commonwealth Scholarships for Masters and PhD study Application Process:

  • You should apply to study at a UK university which has a part funding agreement with the CSC. Part funding agreements are at the discretion of individual universities. For a list of universities that have agreed to part fund Commonwealth Scholarships, visit 
  • You must apply to one of the following nominating bodies in the first instance – the CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships: National nominating agencies – this is the main route of application. For a full list including contact details, visit 
  • Selected universities/university bodies, which can nominate their own academic staff. For a full list, visit Selected non-governmental organizations and charitable bodies. For a full list, visit 
  • All applications must be made through one of these nominating bodies. Each nominating body is responsible for its own selection process. You must check with your nominating body for their specific advice and rules for applying, and for their own closing date for applications. 
  • The CSC does not impose any age limit on applicants, but nominating bodies may do so in line with their own priorities. 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 nominating body. 
  • Information on how to use the EAS, including detailed guides, is available at Your application must be submitted to and endorsed by one of the approved nominating bodies listed above. 
  • The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the EAS. All applications, including full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications (with certified translations if not in English), must be submitted by 23.59 (GMT) on 22 February 2018 at the latest. 
 Selection Process

Commonwealth Scholarship for Masters and PhD Selection Process:

  • Each year, the CSC invites each nominating body to submit a specific number of nominations. 
  • The deadline for nominating bodies to submit nominations to the CSC is 22 March 2018. 
  • The CSC invites around three times more nominations than scholarships available – therefore, nominated candidates are not guaranteed to be awarded a scholarship. 
  • There are no quotas for scholarships for any individual country. Candidates nominated by national nominating agencies are in competition with those nominated by other nominating bodies, and the same standards will be applied to applications made through either channel. 5 Each nominated candidate’s application will be considered first by an academic adviser with expertise in the subject area concerned, and then by the CSC selection committee in competition with other candidates. 
  • Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria: the Academic merit of the candidate Quality of the research proposal 
  • The potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country For further details, see the Commonwealth PhD Scholarships 2018 selection criteria at
 Contact Details
  • Address: Woburn House
    20-24 Tavistock Square
    London WC1H 9HF
    United Kingdom

Nominating Agency for Commonwealth Scholarship India 2015:

  • Address: Deputy Educational Adviser
    Ministry of Human Resource Development
    Department of Higher Education
    A.2/W-4 Curzon Road Barracks
    Kasturba Gandhi Marg
    New Delhi 110 001, India
  • Tel: +91 11 2338 4501
  • Fax: +91 11 2338 1355
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