CSC Welcome Day video brief


The CSC Welcome Day for new Scholars will take place on Friday 23 November. The event is the only time in the year that we are able to bring the whole cohort of Scholars studying in the UK together, and we expect around 350 Scholars from approximately 40 countries to attend.

As part of the event, we would like to create a short video to introduce our next generation of Scholars to the CSC alumni community, to inspire and encourage them to make the most of their scholarship opportunity.

To support this, we would like you to film your responses to three questions.

Use and publication

The video footage you supply will be used to produce videos that will be shared at this and other CSC events, and on the CSC’s communications channels. Please see the model release form available below for full details.


Please answer the following questions:

  1. How has your Commonwealth Scholarship and your study benefited you and your home country?
  2. What is your proudest achievement since completing your scholarship?
  3. What piece of advice would you give to our new Scholars?

Your answer to each question should be no longer than 20-30 seconds maximum.

Because this is a short amount of time, you are welcome to use this template as a guideline for your answers:

‘Since my Commonwealth Scholarship, I have started working as a [job title]/set up a [company] and I am [helping/growing/boosting] [country’s] [economy/political system/healthcare coverage] by [implementing new policies/conducting research].’

‘Since completing my scholarship, my proudest achievement has been […].’

‘My piece of advice for new Scholars [is/would be to…].’

Filming tips

To ensure that the video you record is of the best possible quality, we recommend that you:

  • Think about your location. If possible, record your responses in your laboratory, out in the field, or in your classroom or office to promote your professional development and provide context to your current work.
  • Ensure the room is well lit with natural light and you are clearly visible on screen
  • Choose a quiet place to film to reduce the levels of background noise
  • Speak clearly at a steady pace
  • Record in landscape
  • Do not hold the camera yourself – ask a friend to hold it or use a tripod
  • Stand close to the camera so your head and shoulders fill up most of the frame
  • Do not read your responses from a piece of paper – practise your answers before you start recording
  • Look straight into the camera

Sending your recordings

Do not edit your recording, please send the raw video footage. The CSC will edit all recordings submitted to create the final video.

You can send in any additional footage and images that supplements your research.

You should email your recordings to or share your footage through a cloud-based platform, such as Drop Box or WeTransfer. You must also send a signed copy of the CSC’s model release form.

Depending on the number and quality of submissions received, we may not be able to feature all in the welcome video. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact