Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme

Academic year 2021
Amount Tuition Fees, Living costs, return travel to UK and other expenses

Overview

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are offered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in partnership with UK universities. These scholarships are intended for candidates from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries for full-time Masters study on selected courses. Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), these 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.  

  • Number of scholarships: 6
  • Value: Tuition Fees, Living costs, return travel to UK and other expenses
  • Opens: 26 February 2021
  • Deadline: 9 April 2021
  • Help with: Tuition fees, Living costs, Travel costs
  • Duration: One-off award

Eligibility

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 Sep/Oct 2021;
  • Hold a first degree of *at least upper second class (2:1) standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Masters degree). The CSC would not normally fund a second UK Master's degree. 
  • Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high income country (as classified by the World Bank);
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship. 

*The University will give preference to candidates who already hold a first degree with FIRST CLASS HONOURS (or equivalent).  

The eligible courses for 2021 are:

MSc Offshore Wind Energy
MSc Applied Economics
MSc Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology
MSc Diplomacy & International Security
MSc Environmental Engineering
MSc Sustainable Engineering: Renewable Energy Systems and the Environment

The 2021 Terms and Conditions as well as the list of courses, insitutions and eligible countries are available on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's website at:  Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme  

The CSC aims to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make change.  They are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination, and encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates and eligible countries. 

These scholarships do not cover undergraduate courses, PhD study, or any pre-sessional English language teaching, and are tenable for one year only.

Further Information

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

Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:

  • Academic merit
  • Quality of Study Plan
  • Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate's home country

Deadline

Application will close on 09 April 2021

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