FAQs Masters 2021

Q. My Referee and/or Supervisors have not received their reference request email

Q. My national Agency has not been invited to nominate candidates for Master’s Scholarships in 2021, why is this and are there any other options for me?

Q. I do not currently have an offer letter to a UK university.

Q. My agency deadline is before the CSC deadline.

Q. My home university will not issue transcripts to me.

Q. I cannot access my application.

Q. Do I require an IELTS certificate?

Q. I submitted my application however my referees/supervisor are yet to receive a link to submit their reference.

Q. I have not finished my course yet. Can I apply? (before the deadline for a scholarship starting in Autumn 2021).

Q. My country is not in the list of eligible countries.


Q. My Referee and/or Supervisors have not received their reference request email

The referee will need to complete the reference via the link which is sent to them. If they have not received the email after you have sent the reminder, we advise you to contact them directly to ask them to check their spam folder.

Please ensure you have given the correct email address; this can also be amended via the online portal.

To send them a new reminder please log on to your application and send a new reminder through the portal. You will need to follow up with your referees to ensure they have received this.


Q. My national Agency has not been invited to nominate candidates for Master’s Scholarships in 2021, why is this and are there any other options for me?

As set out on our website, some national agencies have not been invited to nominate for Master’s Scholarships in 2021. In the context of broader constraints on the UK’s development assistance budget, the CSC must regrettably select fewer Master’s candidates in 2021. New Master’s recruitment will be drawn from countries not invited to nominate for PhD study, while countries not invited to nominate this year will be represented by Master’s Scholars selected in 2020 but who, due to the challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic this year, have been supported by the CSC in deferring their scholarship to commence in 2021. This has included the deferral of a significant number of Master’s Scholarships.

Whilst the Commission keeps the allocation of nominations under annual review, the decision to not offer nominations for Master’s Scholarships, or to reduce the number of Scholarships for some nominators in 2021 is based on the unique impact of Covid-19 and does not reflect a permanent decision by the Commission on its allocation of awards to individual programmes or countries.

The agency-nominated Master’s programme is one of three Master’s programmes offered by the Commission. Our other two programmes, Commonwealth Shared Scholarships and Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are open in 2021 to citizens of least developed, low, and lower middle-income Commonwealth countries. Details of how to apply for these programmes are available on the CSC’s website. Commonwealth Shared Scholarships and Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships will open in February 2021.

Q. I do not currently have an offer letter to a UK university.

A. A university admission/offer letter is not required at this stage of the scholarship application process and is not an eligibility requirement for the CSC. However, you should check the eligibility requirements of your nominating agency, they may include additional eligibility criteria which you must meet.

You are strongly advised to seek admission to your proposed UK university at the time of submitting your CSC application.

Q. My agency deadline is before the CSC deadline.

A. You may find that the deadlines and criteria advertised by your nominating agency are different to those advertised by the CSC. You must meet both the nominating agency criteria/deadline and the CSC criteria/deadline to be eligible to apply.

Q. My home university will not issue transcripts to me.

A. You cannot apply for the scholarship if you cannot obtain and submit transcripts yourself via the online application system within the deadline. We do not correspond directly with your university or accept any documents via email or post.

Q. I cannot access my application.

A. You must log in with your username and password, this may be different from your email.

If you have a technical enquiry, please contact eas@cscuk.org.uk

Q. Do I require an IELTS certificate?

A. It is not necessary to have IELTS or any other English language certificate to apply for a CSC scholarship. However, UK universities require candidates from some countries to demonstrate their proficiency in English language by taking the IELTS or another English language certificate. It is your responsibility to check the requirements directly with the university.

Q. I submitted my application however my referees/supervisor are yet to receive a link to submit their reference.

A. To send them a new reminder please log on to your application and send a new reminder through the portal. You will need to follow up with your referees to ensure they have received this.

Please only ‘tick’ the option to send a new reminder to the referee(s) that you wish to send a reminder to, you need not send a reminder to a referee who has already submitted their reference.

Q. I have not finished my course yet. Can I apply? (before the deadline for a scholarship starting in Autumn 2021).

A. If you are currently studying a course, you can still apply. Please enter details of your current study including the projected completion date.

You must upload your degree transcripts to-date.

Your first undergraduate degree must be completed by September 2021. Please check the eligibility requirements in the Terms and Conditions for the Scheme you are applying for.

Q. My country is not in the list of eligible countries.

Individual CSC scholarships are not open to every country. If your country is not listed, then you cannot apply for that programme.

You may be eligible for a different CSC programme, other scholarships offered by individual UK universities or other Scholarship programmes offered by the Association of Commonwealth Universities.