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Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required to support sustainable development and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), these scholarships are offered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) under six development 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

Eligibility Criteria

The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship is available for students from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries for full time study on the International Communications and Development MA for 2020-21.

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 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 2020
  • By September 2020, 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 typically does not 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

Application and deadline

Applications are open: deadline 18 December 2019

Applications must be made on the Commonwealth Scholarship website.

Apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship