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

Application Deadline: 19 November 2015

Commonwealth Scholarships are offered for Master’s and PhD study in the UK. About the 2016 Commonwealth Scholarships

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

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. The CSC does not impose any age limit on applicants, but nominating bodies may do so in line with their own priorities.

You must make your application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS)

You must use the Electronic Application System (EAS) to apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship. The EAS allows you to submit your application electronically and to download and save your application in PDF format (which can then be printed in hard copy).

You should also:

  1. Check whether or not your Nominating Agency will be processing your application electronically. If so, you will be able to follow the progress of your application. There are three options available to Nominating Agencies – further details
  2. Print and send your application to your Nominating Agency, whether or not your Nominating Agency will be processing your application electronically.
  3. Wait when you have clicked on Submit at the end of your application. It can take up to three minutes for your application to be transferred to your Nominating Agency.
  4. Wait while downloading a PDF of your application. These PDFs can be up to 2 MB in size.
  5. Let your referees know in advance that they will each receive an email inviting them to complete their references electronically. This email is generated as soon as you submit your application.
  6. If you are applying for research Master’s or PhD study, let your potential supervisor(s) in the UK know in advance that they will each receive an email asking for a supporting statement. This email is generated as soon as you submit your application.

Nominating Agencies and the EAS

Nominating Agencies can use the EAS to select candidates to nominate to the CSC, or use their own application procedures.

Nominating Agencies have three options:

  1. Use the EAS to select and nominate candidates to the CSC
  2. Use hard copies of EAS applications to select and nominate candidates to the CSC
  3. Select candidates using their own application procedures and then ask these selected candidates to complete an application using the EAS

Before you start your application, you should read one or more of the following step-by-step guides:

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Commonwealth Scholarships

43 COMMENTS

  1. I love this initiative i am a holder of a bachelor degree in management and will be grateful to continue my education by obtaining a masters degree abroad i am interested in this scholarship,please how can i apply for it. thanks

  2. i am a medical doctor practising in Nigeria. I have been thinking about possible ways to get a masters degree in either research medicine or public health. Would be really interested.

  3. I hold a Bachalor of Technology degree in Tourism Management from Takoradi Polytechnic with first class and i want to further my education to read M.Pill in Wildlife and Range Management. Please guide me to apply and assist me to get this schoolarship. I am intereted to study my masters in UK.

  4. Hello Mr. Dahunsi, glad to be connected to you , please am interested to study masters in social work in the UK through the commonwealth scholarship program, how can you be of assistance ? Hope to hear from you soon.Thank you.

  5. I graduated from the Department of Science Laboratory Technology,University of Benin with a Bachelor of Science(second class upper division) and I want to further obtain a Master”s degree in Food and Industrial Microbiology. Please how and where should I apply for the scholarship.
    Thank you Common wealth

  6. Dear Sir/Madam
    I would like to apply for Masters in Procurement and supply chain management.
    Its my pleasure knowing how to apply for it. Thank you

  7. INTERESTINGLY, I WILL BE GLAD TO BE PART OF THIS YOUTHS GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AND TO FULFILL MY DREAM, THAT ONE DAY, I WILL LOVE TO SEE MY SELF ASSUMING A LEADERSHIP ROLE/ POSITION
    I AM A LAWYER BY PROFESSION, WITH TWO MASTER DEGREES, AND IN THE YEAR 2014, I STRUGGLE TO SECURED AN ONLINE PHD DEGREE IN PPA CRIMINAL JUSTICE AT WALDEN UNIVERSITY, USA, BUT UNFORTUNATELY I COULD NOT COUP WITH AN ONLINE EDUCATION AND GREATLY, FUNDS WAS MY MAJOR CHALLENGE, I HAD TO BE PAYING A THOUSAND DOLLAR EVERY MONTHS FROM MY POCKET, WITHOUT ANY ASSISTANCE FROM ANY EDUCATIONAL FUNDING, I DECIDED TO PUT A
    HOLD AND LATER WITHDRAW FROM THE CLASS. IF I AM GIVEN OPPORTUNITY, BY THE COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIP, I WILL LIKE TO SEEK FULL TIME ADMISSION IN ANY UNIVERSITY IN UK, TO CONTINUE THE PHD TO ACTUALIZE MY DREAM.
    THANKS AS U MAKE MY DREAM COME TRUE

    BARR. JAMILA ISAH,
    3RD FLOOR, LABOUR HOUSE, CBD – FCT, ABUJA
    NIGERIA

  8. Comment: THIS IS A VERY GREAT OPPORTUNITY AND I AM VERY INTERESTED. I AM A NIGERIAN AND WOULD HAVE TO APPLY UNDER THE NATIONAL NOMINATING AGENCY IN NIGERIA BUT I HAVE CHECKED THE ADDRESS AND THERE SEEMS TO BE NO DIRECT LINK (ON-LINE), JUST THE OFFICE ADDRESS WHICH WILL BE DIFFICULT TO REACH ESPECIALLY THOSE OF US STAYING VERY FAR FROM ABUJA. PLEASE CAN ANYONE HELP WITH ANY E-MAIL OR WEBSITE I CAN ACCESS FOR EASY APPLICATION IN NIGERIA?

  9. To this wonderful opportunity, it will be my greatest joy and the fulfillment of my dream come through to attain my long awaited accomplished. Please i need to be part of this initiative.

  10. i ve b eng in electrical electronics engineering i want to go for clinical sychology or sitelite communication what do i do

  11. Comment:lam interested to go for film and journalism for masters in the international common wealth African scholarship schemes.pls how do l go about it?.

  12. I am interested in the opportunity too. i would like do do my masters in Environmental engineering and/or Metallurgical enigeering. i have a barchelo’s degree in Metallurgical engineering.

  13. Comment: How am I eligible for this scholarship. I av BSc sociology & MSc sociology (MPhil/PhD grade) from a Nigerian university.

  14. I will be very grateful if could assist me apply for the scholarship because its a dream come true to have such opportunity to be in UK even to have a master degree from a university in UK.

  15. just verified from the contact agency in my home country but have been told that the deadline for application has elapsed but the deadline on your page states 19 November 2015
    hence am a bit confused

  16. I would like to apply for MASTERS in URBAN PLANNING at University of England UK. I will be very grateful if my application is given due considerations.

  17. would like to apply for the scholarship. I have just finished my honors degree in Psychology at Great Zimbabwe University in Zimbabwe and i would like to study for masters in UK. so please can you assist in applying for this scholarship

  18. I am looking for a masters scholarship to study in UK, I was offered a place at University of Southampton to study MSc in Water Resources Management, University of Cranfield to study Environmental Water Management, I hold a first class honours in Land and Water Resources Management at Midlands State University, Zimbabwe. Please help me to get a scholarship for 2016/17 academic year and I am a permanent residents of Zimbabwe

  19. I AM GRADUATE AND BAGGED A FIRST DEGREE IN AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING(2ND CLASS LOWER DIVISION) AND AN ORDINARY NATIONAL DIPLOMA CERTIFICATE(OND) WITH A LOWER CREDIT GRADE.I WILL BE VERY GLAD IF I AM GIVEN THIS GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY TO ALSO BAG A MASTER’S DEGREE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING OR ANY EQUIVALENT.THANKS FOR THIS PRIVILEDGE.

  20. I am interested in enrolling for PHd in ICT value addition and poverty alleviation in developing countries.

    Attached please find my cv.

    Best regards
    Kidwell Nyatsambo
    +263772218023

  21. Comment.I would like to apply for a masters in Biostatistis because i already got abachelors in economics and statistis from ugandan university,am available on,+256778893142/256703737017

  22. Comment:Really it’s an opportunity for us the poor, but it will be difficult for me because I have no political backing,so I want commonwealth to take note of this.I really want to to pursue my masters in Education,pls I need a help

  23. I really acknowledge and appreciate you for a big opportunity like this, am a graduate of economics from tansian University umunya Anambra state Nigeria and would like to do my master In UK please hw can I go about it. Thanks

  24. I am a holder of Second Upper class Bsc(Hons) Degree in Computing and very much interested to do my Master in UK.

  25. I am a Bsc(Hons) Degree holder Second class lower in peace studies and conflict resolution but I want to further do run my Msc in disaster risk management in the uk is it possible?

  26. I am a Bsc(Hons) Degree holder Second class lower in peace studies and conflict resolution but I want to further do run my Msc in disaster risk management in the uk is it possible

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