Study in the UK: 2023/2024 Commonwealth Masters Scholarships
Applications are now open for the 2023/2024 Commonwealth Masters Scholarships. This scholarship program is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) through the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission and offers students from developing Commonwealth countries the opportunity to further full–time Master‘s degree study at a UK institution.
The agency-nominated Master’s programme is one of three Master’s programmes offered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.
The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) offers the UK government scholarship scheme led by international development objectives. It functions within the framework of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) and presents a strong demonstration of the UK’s enduring commitment to the Commonwealth. By attracting individuals with outstanding talent and identifiable potential from all backgrounds and supporting them to become leaders and innovators upon returning to their home countries, the CSC’s work combines sustainable development with the UK national interest and provides opportunities for international partnerships and collaboration.
Funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.
Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships are for candidates from eligible low and middle-income Commonwealth countries, to undertake full-time taught Master’s study at a UK university.
ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS FOR THE 2023/2024 COMMONWEALTH MASTERS SCHOLARSHIP
To be considered for these scholarships, applicants 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 academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September 2024.
- By September 2024, hold a first degree of at least upper second-class (2:1) honors standard, or a lower second-class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree). The CSC would not normally fund a second Master’s degree. If applying for a second Master’s degree, applicants must provide justification as to why they wish to undertake this study.
- Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship.
- Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format.
SELECTION PROCEDURE AND CRITERIA
- Academic merit
- Quality of research proposal
- Potential impact on the development of the candidate’s home country
Each scholarship provides:
- Approved airfare from the Scholar’s home country to the UK and return at the end of the award (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependants, nor the cost of journeys made before the award is confirmed).
- Approved tuition fees: Full fees are covered by an agreement between the CSC and the UK university, and Scholars are not liable to pay for any part of the tuition fee.
- Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,347 per month, or £1,652 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at current levels).
- Warm clothing allowance, where applicable.
- Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas.
- If a Scholar has children and is widowed, divorced, or a single parent, a child allowance of £576.61 per month for the first child, and £143 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16 if their children are living with them at the same address in the UK.
If a Scholar shares that they have a disability, a full assessment of their needs and eligibility for additional financial support will be offered by the CSC.
PROCEDURES FOR APPLICATION
- Applications for Commonwealth Master’s scholarships for the 2023/24 academic year are now open.
- The deadline for submitting an application is 17:00 hours BST (16:00 GMT) on 17 October 2023.
- The scholarships are for study in the UK beginning in September/October 2024.
- Applications to the CSC must be made using the CSC’s online application system.
- The CSC is unable to accept any applications or documentation not submitted via the online application system.
- Applicants are advised to complete and submit applications as early as possible, as the online application system will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline.
- As well as applying to the CSC, applicants must apply to a nominating agency.
There are two types of nominating agency for Master’s scholarships:
- National nominating agencies – this is the main route of application
- Selected Non-governmental organizations and charitable bodies
Nominating agencies put forward scholarship candidates to the CSC for consideration. The CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships.
Application Deadline: 17 October 2023