Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are offered in partnership with select UK universities.
Purpose: Funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Commonwealth Shared 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.
Intended beneficiaries: Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are for candidates from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries, to undertake full-time Master’s study on selected courses at a UK university.
The purpose of the scholarships is to contribute to development needs of Commonwealth countries by providing training for skilled and qualified professionals and academics and to contribute to UK higher education and foreign policy aims by encouraging collaboration and links. These scholarships are offered under six themes:
- Science and technology for development – Develop knowledge and/or skills that are directly related to the specific needs of a low or lower middle income country
- Strengthening health systems and capacity – Develop knowledge to improve health provision or outcomes for disadvantaged groups in low and lower middle income countries
- Promoting global prosperity – Support economic prosperity in low and lower middle income countries.
- Strengthening global peace, security and governance – Develop knowledge to promote peace and security at national, regional, or international levels
- Strengthening resilience and response to crises – Develop skills to help low and middle countries adapt to changing contexts, withstand sudden shocks, or increase capacity to preserve the continuity of operations following such events.
- Access, inclusion and opportunity – Develop knowledge and/or skills to promote opportunity amongst historically disadvantaged groups in low and lower middle income countries
Each participating UK University will conduct its own recruitment process to select a specified number of candidates to be awarded Commonwealth Shared Scholarships. Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:
- Academic merit of the candidate
- Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country
Shared Scholarships are jointly funded by the CSC and participating UK universities. Each scholarship provides:
- 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 the cost of journeys made before your award is confirmed) –
arranged by the university; funded by the CSC
- Approved tuition fees – funded by the CSC
- Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,084 per month, or £1,330 per month for those studying at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2021-22 levels) – paid and funded by the university
- Warm clothing allowance, where applicable – paid and funded by the university
- Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable – claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC
- Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas – claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC
- Excess baggage allowance, up to an annual approved limit, when returning home – claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC
- Reimbursement of the cost of a mandatory tuberculosis (TB) test, where required for a visa application (receipts must be supplied) – claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC
- If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of £465 per month for the first child, and £114 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 (rates quoted at 2021-22 levels)
Applicants are required to meet the following eligibility requirements.
- 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 his/her academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2022
- By September 2022, 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 applying for a second UK Master’s degree, one will need to provide justification as to why he/she wishes 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
Access, inclusion and opportunity
|Brunel University London||LLM International Human Rights Law|
|Cranfield University||MSc Water and Sanitation for Development|
|Goldsmiths, University of London||MA Queer History|
|Goldsmiths, University of London||MA Race, Media and Social Justice|
|Liverpool Hope University||MA Disability Studies|
|Liverpool Hope University||MA Education|
|London School of Economics and Political Science||MSc Gender, Development and Globalisation|
|Queen’s University Belfast||MSc City Planning and Design|
|SOAS, University of London||MSc Development Studies|
|SOAS, University of London||MSc Political Economy of Development|
|University College London||MA Education, Gender and International Development|
|University of Bristol||MSc Education (Policy and International Development)|
|University of Bristol||MSc Gender and International Relations|
|University of Cambridge||MPhil Education Leadership and Improvement|
|University of Glasgow||MSc Education for Sustainable Futures in Adult, Community and Youth Contexts|
|University of Leicester||MA Media, Gender and Social Justice|
|University of Nottingham||MA Education|
|University of Portsmouth||MSc Educational Leadership and Management|
|University of Southampton||MSc Gerontology|
|University of St Andrews||MLitt Global Social and Political Thought|
|University of Sussex (Institute of Development Studies||MA Gender and Development|
|University of Sussex (Institute of Development Studies||MA Power, Participation and Social Change|
|University of Warwick||MA Gender and International Development|
|University of Warwick||MA Applied Theatre: Arts, Action, Change|
Eligible Regions: Bangladesh, Cameroon, Eswatini, The Gambia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia.