Commonwealth Scholarships

Academic year 2024
Cranfield, England

Overview

These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development.

Students from developing countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK can apply for Commonwealth Scholarships for master’s or PhD study.

Purpose: to contribute to the development needs of Commonwealth countries by providing training for skilled and qualified professionals and academics who would not otherwise have been able to study in the UK.

Intended beneficiaries high-quality postgraduate students who have not studied extensively overseas before, who would not otherwise have the opportunity to study in the UK, and who have the potential to enhance the development of their home countries with the knowledge and leadership skills they acquire.

Funding value All tuition fees, travel and living costs.

What it covers

  • 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 £1,133 per month (rates quoted at 2021-2022 levels).

  • Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable.

  • Warm clothing allowance, where applicable.

  • 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), where approved.

  • 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).

Who can apply

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 eligible Commonwealth country.

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

  • If you are a PhD applicant, you must have the support of a potential supervisor from at least one UK university listed in your application form;

  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship.

The CSC would not normally fund a second UK master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK master’s degree, you will need to provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study.

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

What our students have to say about SI-UK

Ishwar
I utilized the services of SI-UK in Chennai which proved invaluable for me. They provided great assistance throughout my application process, guiding me from evaluating my choices to selecting the university that best matched my profile.
Ishwar
Ishwar
Masters in Business Analytics, Lancaster University
Nidhi Agarwal
"SI-UK has been a crucial part of my UK journey. They assisted me in obtaining my bachelor's degree in August 2019 and now, they've aided me in securing admission to a top design university in London for my master's. The counselors at SI-UK offer personalised support to each applicant, helping us in each and every step including the final stage of obtaining our CAS letter once we receive the offer."
Nidhi Agarwal
Nidhi Agarwal
MSc Design Innovation, Loughborough University
Sudarshan
"The entire team at SI-UK was incredibly supportive. They provided me with a list of universities to consider, and I ultimately chose Aston University. With their assistance, I applied and received an offer along with a £5000 scholarship. I am grateful to my counselor and the entire team for guiding me through the visa application process and every other aspect. Thank you, SI-UK, for helping me pursue my dream."
Sudarshan
Sudarshan
Engineering, Aston University
Saumya Sharma
"Last year, I reached out to SI-UK, Jaipur for my Master’s journey, and it has been an incredibly fulfilling and successful experience. From guiding me through the application process to assisting with letters of recommendation and statement of purpose, and even following up with universities, SI-UK provided comprehensive support at every step of the journey. They went the extra mile, assisting with admissions, fee processing, accommodation arrangements, visa guidance, and coordination on medical checkups. I firmly believe that my admission to the University of Birmingham wouldn't have been possible without SI-UK. I highly recommend SI-UK to anyone seeking admission to a UK or Ireland university."
Saumya Sharma
Saumya Sharma
MBA , University of Birmingham
Jehabuz Khan
In September, I sought assistance from SI-UK for my studies in the UK, with a planned intake for January 2023. With the support of my counsellor who made exceptional efforts, I smoothly navigated the application process which culminated in the timely acquisition of my UK student visa hassle-free. I wholeheartedly endorse SI-UK to fellow students aiming to pursue their dreams of studying in the UK. Thank you!
Jehabuz Khan
Jehabuz Khan
MSc in Mechanical Engineering, University of Strathclyde
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