Commonwealth Scholarships play an important role in attracting the brightest talent to UK universities, providing them with access to a world-class university education. Through these awards, universities are able to build long-term research collaborations and academic partnerships with other institutions across the Commonwealth. The CSC works with various partners in order to offer awards to people across the Commonwealth.
Applications for Commonwealth Scholarships enable candidates to study at a UK university which has a part funding agreement with the CSC. See the full list of UK universities that have agreed to part fund Commonwealth Scholarships.
Commonwealth Shared Master’s Scholarships offer awards jointly supported by UK universities. The support of UK universities is vital for the Shared Master’s Scholarship scheme. This partnership enables the CSC to maximise the number of scholarships we can offer and deliver the CSC’s aims and objectives. Universities are invited every year to bid for up to ten Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for specified courses.
Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships offer a selection of Master’s courses through participating universities for those who may not be able to travel outside of their country. Universities are invited every year to bid for either 5, 10 or 15 Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships for specified courses
The main route of application is via national nominating agencies, invited NGOs and charitable bodies, and selected universities in low- and middle-income Commonwealth countries. Nominating bodies plays a key role in identifying applicants in their own priority areas and nominating these candidates for a Commonwealth Scholarship. Each nominating body is responsible for its own selection process and may have additional eligibility criteria.
Commonwealth Professional Fellowships programme is for mid-career professionals from low- and middle-income countries to spend a period of time at a UK Host organisation working in their sector for a programme of professional development. The main purpose is to provide professionals with the opportunity to enhance knowledge and skills in their given sector, and to have catalytic effects on their workplaces. See the full list of current and previous UK Host organisations.
To find out more about Commonwealth Scholarship programmes and when applications are opening, please visit the Apply page.