Commonwealth Shared Scholarship

Academic year 2021
Aberdeen, Scotland



Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are for taught postgraduate students who are nationals of a developing British Commonwealth country. The University of Aberdeen has 3 scholarships available for 2021/22. The scholarship covers tuition fees and provides a stipend for maintenance.


The Commonwealth Shared Scholarships were set up by the Department for International Development (DFID) in 1986 and represent a unique partnership between the United Kingdom government and UK universities. The University of Aberdeen and DFID will jointly meet the full costs of an award holder's study in the UK, including tuition fees, a stipend for maintenance and air fares to and from the UK. The stipend is paid by the University at the level set by the UK Government of £1,116 per month (2020/21 figures).

The following programmes have been approved for Commonwealth Shared Scholarship funding on the basis that that they have a developmental emphasis and relevance to developing Commonwealth countries. We therefore welcome applications from eligible candidates for the following programmes:

  • MSc in Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology
  • MSc in Environmental Science
  • MSc in Geographical Information Systems
  • MSc in Sustainability Transitions


Candidates are normally expected to hold a first degree at either first class or upper second-class level. Sponsoring institutions must confirm that candidates are sufficiently fluent in written and oral English to pursue their proposed studies immediately, as no pre-course English Language Teaching is available under these awards. Candidates who have already studied for one year or more in a developed country or who possess sufficient resources to self-fund are not eligible for an award. Only the programmes listed above are eligible for Commonwealth Shared Scholarships. Candidates must be able to certify that they:

  1. are nationals of a Commonwealth developing country, and not at present living or studying in a developed country
  2. have not undertaken studies lasting one year or more in a developed country
  3. are themselves, or through their families, unable to pay to study in the United Kingdom
  4. will return to their home country as soon as their award comes to an end.


Succesful candidates are normally expected to hold a first degree at either first class or upper second-class level. Candidates must hold an unconditional offer to study at the University and have met the English Language Requirements for their course of study.

Application Procedure

Applications will open on 26 Februrary 2021.

To apply for this scholarship, candidates are asked to submit the standard application for admission to the University and also apply through the Commission's own Electronic Application System (EAS) (please see the below Application Documents section for the relevant weblinks). The EAS will close for applications on 9 April 2021. To be considered, candidates must also be in receipt of an unconditional offer of admission to the University by this date.

The University will consider all applications and will choose the candidates that they wish to nominate to the Commonwealth Commission for funding. Those selected for nomination will be informed by 17 May 2021.


9th of April 2021


Application will close on 09 April 2021


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