2017 Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline:15 November 2016 23.59 (GMT)

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 2017
  • By October 2017, 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)
  • 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:

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

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.

You are advised to complete and submit your application as soon as possible, as the EAS will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline.

You must provide the following supporting documentation to be received by the CSC by 6 January 2017 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:

  • References from at least two individuals
  • Transcripts
  • For PhD candidates only, supporting statement from a proposed supervisor in the UK from at least one of the institutions named on your application form

How to use the EAS

Please note that the CSC does not charge candidates to apply for any of its scholarships or fellowships through its Electronic Application System (EAS), and it does not charge organisations to nominate candidates.

Choosing a university/course

You may find the following resources useful when researching your choices of institution and course of study in the UK:

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For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2017 Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK


  1. Each nominated candidate’s application is first considered by a member of the CSC’s panel of advisers with expertise in the subject area concerned, and then by the CSC’s selection committee in competition with other candidates. For further details, see the Selection criteria for 2017 Commonwealth Scholarships for Master s and PhD study

  2. I am willing to apply but South Sudan is not in the list put above. Kindly advise those of us who want to apply.

    Onesimo Yabang Lo-Lujo

  3. Comment: i would like to apply as an individual this is a great opportunity.

    i want to see a number of courses offered at phd level particulary in arts
    and hummanities

  4. Application already submitted to nominating agency. Awaiting feedback and hopefully we will be able to earn the scholarship!

  5. In Sierra Leone it is Politically done meaning you only get this commonwealth scholarship if you are highly connected with dignitaries. most times they only send there relatives or someone who can give them a huge amount of money. majority of us have the said qualification but afraid to apply cause they will never consider your application talk less of shortlisting you. the whole thing is corrupt and undone.

    • like what Ann- Marie said in our country the scholarship is highly political …In fact the government worker that conduct the interview will ask you during the interview if you are a member of their Party and if you say” yes”….they ask again let me see your membership card and certain time when you are there for the form to applied they will say it is not available……or who sent you????? these are the questions been ask and this is the way our country sierra leone operate now…..

  6. I sincerely thank God for this wonderful opportunity for talented academics to enjoy this training using the the best tools for research, God should help the Commonwealth the more for this great work.. regards

  7. it’s good chance to someone who wants to apply but I myself want to know about the scholarship degree Is it possible to apply or not

  8. I am very grateful with this aid opportunity and wish to apply for my master program in Electrical engineering.I am a Bachelor holder of degree and wish to grape this opportunity to further my education .my contact is +237677426491


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