FAQs PhD 2021

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

Q. Are the Commonwealth PhD Scholarships available to Indian applicants?

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.

A. The Referee, or Supervisor will need to complete the reference/supporting statement 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. Are the Commonwealth PhD Scholarships available to Indian applicants?

A. The CSC does not offer Doctoral Scholarships to countries classified as upper or middle income for the purposes of receipt of Official Development Assistance (ODA). The CSC focuses doctoral funding on countries classified as least developed and fragile.

If you are not eligible for a CSC PhD Scholarship, you may wish to consider applying directly to the CSC for a Commonwealth Split-site Scholarship (for low and middle income countries), applications are currently closed but will open in January 2021.
Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are for candidates from least developed countries and fragile states in the Commonwealth, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university.

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.

A. 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.