2016 Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: 19 November 2015

Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth

You can apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship for the following levels of study:

  • Master’s (one-year courses only)
  • PhD


To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2016
  • By October 2016, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)

Eligible African Coutries and Nominating Agencies:

Botswananational nominating agency details

Cameroonnational nominating agency details

Ghananational nominating agency details

Kenyanational nominating agency details

Lesothonational nominating agency details

Malawinational nominating agency details

Mauritiusnational nominating agency details

Mozambiquenational nominating agency details

Namibianational nominating agency details

Nigerianational nominating agency details

Rwandanational nominating agency details

Seychellesnational nominating agency details

Sierra Leonenational nominating agency details

South Africanational nominating agency details

Swazilandnational nominating agency details

Tanzanianational nominating agency details

Ugandanational nominating agency details

Zambianational nominating agency details


  • Up to 36 months’ support towards completion of a three-year full-time doctoral postgraduate qualification at an eligible UK university.


  • 12 months’ support towards completion of a full-time taught postgraduate qualification at an eligible UK university.
  • The CSC funds one-year Master’s programmes only, and does not fund MBAs.

Scholarship Worth:

Each scholarship provides:
  • Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependants, nor usually the cost of journeys made before your award is finally confirmed)
  • Approved tuition and examination fees
  • Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,034 per month, or £1,268 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2015-2016 levels)
  • Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable
  • Warm clothing allowance
  • Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
  • For PhD Scholars, fieldwork grant towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas (usually the cost of one economy class return airfare to your fieldwork location)
  • For PhD Scholars, paid mid-term visit (airfare) to your home country (unless you have claimed (or intend to claim) spouse and/or child allowances during your scholarship, or have received a return airfare to your home country for fieldwork)
  • If your scholarship is at least 18 months long, the following family allowances:
  • Spouse allowance of £222 per month if you and your spouse are living together at the same address in the UK (unless your spouse is also in receipt of a scholarship)
  • Child allowance of £222 per month for the first child, and £109 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if you are accompanied by your spouse and children and they are living with you at the same address in the UK
  • If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent (irrespective of the length of your scholarship), child allowance of £444 per month for the first child, and £109 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if you are accompanied by your children and they are living with you at the same address in the UK

How to apply

You must apply to one of the following nominating bodies in the first instance – the CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships:

All applications must be made through your nominating body in your home country. Each nominating body is responsible for its own selection process. You must check with your nominating body for their specific advice and rules for applying, and for their own closing date for applications.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2016 Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK


  1. Am a Graduate of Economics Education from University of Nigeria Nnsuka, Nigeria with second class upper division i will like to pursue my master degree in pure ECONOMICS is it possible? if yes how can i go about it and how to apply please, time of registration thanks

  2. I have graduated the Bachelor of Science in Social Protection with the Upper Second GPA from the INSTITUTE OF FINANCE MANAGEMENT, TANZANIA,and I am looking forward in upgrading my education level abroad. I am asking for the Blueprint and ways to pass through.

  3. i have a master degree in American/ British civilization and literature and i want a PHD scholarship but with your financial support

  4. This is an excellent opportunity, i have B.A in Media and Communication with a minor in criminology, would love to pursue a Masters in Disaster Management or Public Health would be grateful if i can be guided in this regard.

  5. i pursed a Bachelor of Technology in Accounting with Computing at Kumasi Poly with second class. am i qualified. please help me. thank you.

  6. I’m Peter Alagwaonye from Nigeria. Please I have my MBA from University of Roehampton, London ,UK. I need a scholarship to for PhD in Regional Economics

  7. Comment
    A graduate of Mass Communication from Wesley University Ondo, I will like to do my M.Sc in communication and media.

  8. Comment:
    I graduated with second class honours, Upper division in Mass communication from the University of Nigeria Nsukka. I want to do my MSc in communication and media. Please help me secure admission. Thanks

  9. I graduate with 3.2 CGPA , in Bacholar of Electrical Engineering Specilization in Electronics From Pakistan. I want to do MS in Electronics. Am i Qualified. Please help me secure admission in UK. Thanks

  10. I’m Agnes Namayanja I have a bachelors degree of Education and a Masters in Public administration. I am interested in applying for a PhD how do I go about it.

  11. Good day,please I will like to know how to apply for masters as I desire to do my masters in Finance,I studied Agricultural Economics and Extension and graduated with a 2:1.

    I graduated in 2011 with a Second Class Upper Degree in Bachelor of Science Education (Mathematics and Computer Studies). I would like to Pursue a Masters Degree in either Education or Management of Information Systems.
    Please help me to get a scholarship.

  13. hullo
    i am IVAN LWANGA
    i graduated in 2009 with a bachelors degree in economics and management from Uganda Christian University Mukono with a second class Upper honors. and i would like to upgrade to masters level.

  14. I am a graduate of Bachelor of Arts with Education at ST. Augustine of Tanzania, with Upper Second (3.5) Class. I would like to pursue Master Degree in LINGUISTICS. I would be grateful if I would be guided with this regards. Thank you.

  15. I am Yohanna Bwakat Kutwal with MBA General Management from Coventry University, UK and would like to pursue my PhD in the same university, can i be granted the opportunity for a scholarship for this programme come 2017?

  16. Please i am Hamidu Faisal, a graduate from the University of Professional Studies,Accra with a Second Class Upper in BSc Accounting. Please i need help to get a fully funded scholarship in order to advance my knowledge. THANK YOU

  17. I cosmas fednand graduate from University of Dar es salaam(Tanzania) am holder of bachelor of science in Chemistry with upper second class( honors) . i want to proceed with studies for masters degree in the field of chemistry please i need assistance to get commonwealth scholarship

  18. I am a graduate with Bachelor of Science (2:2) in Computing from Botho University (Botswana) in Collaboration with Teesside University in UK. How do i apply for my masters scholarship? Thank you.

  19. I graduated with second class honors, upper divisions in Christian community in Leadership with Business studies, at African Bible University of Uganda. I would like to have an oppotunity to do masters in Human Resource management. Please help me secure admission. thank you

  20. Dear sir /madam
    Thanks very much for this offer, however i found this your programme to expensive for the poor Africans who cannot affort return air ticket, tution fees ,examination fees and accommodation in UK. it seems to me that its only value the rich to be more empowered and the poor brothers and sisters to still remain in their village schools.and homes.No body is thinking about them nor do they believe that they can deliver excellenctly . Poor me ,poor minds..
    Think about that
    Kind regards

  21. Hallo
    I graduated with second upper honors in Fine Arts and Design with Interior design major and am currently looking for a scholarship to pursue masters. Kindly assist me where necessary. Thankyou

  22. Iam a graduate from the University of Yaounde 2 Soa in Common law and will like to take up masters in Human Rights and International Relations

  23. I am a graduate of civil and environmental engineering from the FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AKURE… and i will like to have my masters in Highway and Transportation Engineering

  24. I am a graduate of Covenant University with a Third Class in Information & Communication Technology. I need to get a scholarship to study a masters in Computer & Information Security or masters in information technology without going through a PGD in a UK or US university. how do I go about it?

  25. To whom it may concern
    I am highly interested in the commonwealth scholarship and would like to apply but it looks as if the deadline has not been updated since its last post. Thank you.

  26. I had a Master of Engineering degree in mechanical engineering from Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta Nigeria. I would want to pursue my Ph. D in mechanical engineering through this scholarship. How do I proceed?

  27. I had a second Class upper degree in guidance and counseling from the university of ilorin..will like to further my education. Please how Do I apply?

  28. I had a First Class in Accounting from Bayero University Kano . Am keenly interested in pursuing my Masters Degree Through this Scholarship scheme , how can now get it.

  29. This is a great privilege given to Commonwealth countries and I would like to appreciate this great gesture for career advancement. you surely will make a change in humanity..Have 2nd class lower in Industrial chemistry and would like to advance with my masters in nuclear chemistry. Any University in UK will appreciate admission….can be reached on [email protected]

  30. Please I have a BSc degree in sociology from IMO state university. I would appreciate if my application is granted to do masters abroad. Thank you

  31. Comment:
    Good evening Sir, please i finished with second Class upper in Economics from Babcock University. It has always being my dream to further my Education abroad. Please how can i apply……

  32. Please I have always have this passion to study abroad I have a first class in agricultural science please how do I apply thanks and God bless

  33. I have a degree in mass communication and would need d help to further my education at d UK through this body, how do I go about it thanks


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