Commonwealth Split-site (PhD) Scholarships 2019 (for low and middle income countries) to Study in the United Kingdom (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: 16:00 (GMT) on 04 February 2019

Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships are for PhD candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, to spend up to 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK. These scholarships are offered under six themes:

  1. Science and technology for development
  2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  6. Access, inclusion and opportunity

Eligibility Requirements:

To apply for these scholarships, you must: Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person

  • Be permanently resident in an eligibleCommonwealth country

  • Be registered for a PhD at a university in aneligible Commonwealth country by the time your scholarship isconfirmed(September 2019)

  • Ensure that an institutional or departmentallink exists between your home university and your proposed UK university. Thislink must be greater than simply a collaboration between individuals –see ‘Tenureand placement’ on page for further details. Both supervisors must provide asupporting statement which includes details of the link in order for yourapplication to be eligible.

  • Be available to start your academic studies inthe UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2019

  • By October 2019, hold a first degree of at leastupper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and arelevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)·Beunable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

These scholarships are for:

  • Applicants who are citizens of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • 12 months study at a UK university as part of an applicant’s doctoral studies in their home country, starting in October 2019
  • Applicants who are registered (or will be registered by September 2019) for a PhD at a university in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Study at a UK university with which your home university has an established institutional or departmental link.
  • Study at a UK university which has a part funding agreement with the CSC

Eligible Commonwealth countries

Antigua and Barbuda
Bangladesh
Belize
Botswana
Cameroon

Dominica
Eswatini
Fiji
Ghana
Grenada
Guyana
India
Jamaica
Kenya
Kiribati
Lesotho
Malawi

Malaysia
Mauritius
Montserrat
Mozambique
Namibia

Nauru
Nigeria
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
St Helena
St Lucia
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Tanzania
The Gambia

Tonga
Tuvalu
Uganda
Vanuatu
Zambia

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 the cost of journeys made before your award is confirmed)

· Approved tuition fees

· Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,084 per month, or £1,330

per  month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted  at 2018-2019 levels)

· Warm clothing allowance, where applicable

· Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas

· If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of £

465 per  month for the first child, and £ 114  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 make your application directly to the CSC using the CSC’s online application system. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the online application system. You are not required to apply via a nominating body for these scholarships.

Only one application per applicant for these scholarships will be accepted.

Application deadline: Your application must be submitted by 16:00 (GMT) on 04 February 2019 at the latest.

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

Supporting documentation deadline: Your application must include the following supporting documentation by 16:00 (GMT) on 18 February 2019

  • Copy of your valid passport (or national ID card) showing your photograph, date of birth, and country of citizenship – uploaded to the online application system
  • Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications (with certified translations if not in English) – uploaded to the online application system
  • Supporting statement from your supervisor at your home country university, highlighting current institutional links submitted directly by your supervisor to the online application system (supervisors will be sent an email request).
  • Supporting statement from your proposed supervisor at a UK university, highlighting current institutional links submitted directly by your supervisor to the online application system (supervisors will be sent an email request).
  • Reference from at least one other individual – submitted directly by the referee to the online application system (referees will be sent an email request)

The CSC will not accept supporting documentation submitted outside the online application system.

Access the online application system

The online application system is now open.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Commonwealth Split-site (PhD) Scholarships 2019



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