Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships 2016 for study in the United Kingdom (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: 23:59 (BST) on 3 May 2016.

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships support candidates to study Master’s degree courses that are either offered in partnership with universities in developing countries, or delivered directly by UK institutions.

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is one of the largest and most prestigious scholarship schemes for international study in the world. Since it was established in 1959, around 30,000 individuals have benefited – 25,000 of them have held awards funded by the UK government, managed by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC).


To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a citizen of a developing Commonwealth country, refugee, or British protected person
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
  • Hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard. A lower qualification and sufficient relevant experience may be considered in certain cases

Scholarship Worth:

  • All expressions of interest must meet the CSC’s overall funding cap of £18,000 per scholarship. This figure must cover all elements of the award, including tuition fees, applicable partnership development costs, and a UK residential programme.
  • If the actual costs of delivering the course are higher than £18,000, the university must clearly identify the source of top-up funding in its expression of interest, and any subsequent proposal.
  • Funding is available for five years from the start of an approved programme.

You can apply for a 2016 Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship for the following Master’s courses

Cardiff University

Bangor University

Open University

Queen Mary, University of London

Royal Veterinary College

SOAS, University of London

  • MSc Public Financial Management (available to citizens of Malawi and Tanzania only)

UCL Institute of Education

University of Birmingham

University of Edinburgh

University of Leicester

University of Liverpool

University of Oxford

University of Southampton

University of Stirling

  • MSc Dementia Studies (available to applicants from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka only)

University of Strathclyde

  • MSc Finance (available to applicants from Kenya, Malawi, and Tanzania only)
  • MSc Hydrogeology (available to applicants from Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe only)

University of St Andrews

University of York

The application cycle for Distance Learning Scholarships has three stages:
1. The CSC invites expressions of interest from UK universities for Distance Learning Scholarships (August-September).
2. The CSC invites formal proposals from shortlisted universities, deciding which courses to select and how many scholarships to allocate to each course (November-January).
3. The CSC selects candidates for Distance Learning Scholarships from a shortlist of candidates nominated by each university following its own recruitment process (February-
July) Expressions of interest and proposals from universities and applications from candidates must be made using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS). Information on how to use the EAS, including detailed guides, is available at


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships 2016 


  1. Comment:Good day,

    Kindly please advise on whether the listed programs from the list of Universities provided are the only programs and institutions that may make one eligible for a scholarship.

    I have been provisionally accepted by the University of Derby in the UK for a MSc in Strategic Management commencing in September 2016, would this not be considered?

    Thank you.

    Thuto Molete

  2. very good plan for African people.
    But I would like to master in accounting and finance but I have not seen it in the list. what can I do?? thank you.

  3. Am interested to enrol for Msc Hydrogeology under distance learning programme, please send me full details

  4. I would like to master in Monitoring and Evaluation (ME) But its not on the list can i still go head and apply for it. Thank you
    Kajubi Barisaba

  5. okidi robert
    Its intresting programme to help the developing countries from poverty line
    thanks a lots
    God Bless u
    I would like to master in business administration(MBA) taking accounting and finance or procurement management

  6. […] Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships 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. […]


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