2015 Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for students from developing countries to study in the United Kingdom

Application Deadline: 16 April 2015

Applications are now open for Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for the 2015 academic year.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships support Master’s study and are offered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in partnership with UK universities. The scholarships are intended for students from developing countries who would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the UK, to gain skills and knowledge which will allow them to contribute to the development of their home countries.

In 2015-2016, over 70 UK universities are jointly funding Shared Scholarships with the CSC.
Key features
  • Shared Scholarships are for taught Masters’ courses only; awards will not be made for undergraduate or PhD study, and will not cover any pre-sessional English language teaching.
  • Candidates can apply to study subjects related to the development of their home country at participating UK universities only
  • Shared Scholarships are usually tenable for one-year Master’s courses only
To apply for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, candidates must:
  • Be Commonwealth citizens, refugees, or British protected persons
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
  • Be available to commence their academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2015
  • Hold, by October 2015, a first degree of at least upper second class Honours standard
  • Not have undertaken studies lasting one year or more in a developed country
  • Be unable themselves, or through their families, to pay to study in the UK
Value of awards
The CSC and host UK universities jointly meet the full costs of Commonwealth Shared Scholarships. Each Scholarship provides:
  • Student concessionary or other approved airfare to the United Kingdom and return on expiry of the Scholarship (arranged by the host university; funded by the CSC)
  • Approved tuition and examination fees (funded by the CSC)
  • A personal maintenance allowance at the rate of £977 per month (£1,208 per month for those studying at institutions in the London Metropolitan area) – rates quoted at 2014-2015 levels (paid and funded by the host university)
  • A grant of £225 towards the expenses of preparing a dissertation, where applicable ( claimed from the host university; funded by the CSC)
  • An initial arrival allowance, including visa reimbursement where applicable (funded by the host university)
  • A grant of £200 for expenses for approved study travel within the UK or overseas (claimed from the host university; funded by the CSC)
  • Excess baggage allowance for up to 10 kilograms of books only, when returning home (funded by the CSC)

How to Apply:

  • All applications must be made through your host UK university. You must check with them in the first instance for specific advice on how to make an application and for their own closing date.
  • All Commonwealth Shared Scholarship candidates must be selected and put forward to the CSC by their host UK university, and must submit their application to the CSC using our Electronic Application System (EAS).
Candidates must apply for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship using one of two methods, as instructed by the university:
1. Via university:
Applying to the university in the first instance using the university’s own application form. If selected, candidates will then be asked to submit an application to the CSC using the EAS. Any applications made via the EAS only and not directly to the university first will not be considered.
2. EAS only:
Applying to both the university and the CSC at the same time using the EAS. Each university has its own closing date for applications.
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  1. Hello
    thanks for every assistance offering to common wealth countries.
    I would like to know whether you can offer scholarships for students who have completed Diplomas in any institution? And especially to those who are unable to support themselves for further studies like masters.
    From Uganda
    Bushenyi District

  2. I am a Graduate of Moi University in Kenya. I highly appreciate this scholarship programme which will impact immensely in enhancing development in developing Commonwealth countries.

    Please send me the application form.

    Thank you.

  3. I need to continue my master degree but i don’t have much money for that. My name is Mr KAKENDI Vital from Democratic Republic of Congo, 24 years old. I have my bachelor diploma in Economy.

    • Please, thanks quite a lot for the information of the application of any London, Leeds, Liverpool based University for a postgraduate programme in Clinical Psychology. Your additonal guides of how to go about the process would be most appreciated through my Postal Address: Rev. Angwe Davidson Asoh, Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, Synod Office, P. O. Box 9 Buea, Fako Division, South West Region, Cameroon. Blessings!

  4. i want to apply master ‘s scholarship outside my country , Somalia . and i thank you for the opportunity . can you please send me the application form ?.


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