Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme at UK Universities

DFID/UK Universities
Masters Degree

Deadline: 16 April 2015 (annual)
Study in:  UK
Course starts September 2015

Brief description:

The UK Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are intended for students from developing countries who would not otherwise be able to afford to undertake Master’s level study in the UK, to gain skills and knowledge which will allow them to contribute to the development of their home countries.

Shared Scholarships are for taught Masters’ courses only; awards will not be made for undergraduate or PhD study, and will not cover any pre-sessional English language teaching.

Participating Universities(s):

Candidates can apply to study subjects related to the development of their home country at participating UK universities only.  See the List of participating universities and eligible courses.

Fields of study:

Subjects related to the development of home country.

Number of Scholarships:

Around 200+ scholarships.

Target group:

Nationals of Commonwealth Developing Countries (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda Nauru, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana,  British Virgin Islands, Namibia, Cameroon, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana,  India,  Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati,  Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia,  Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guineas, Pitcairn, Rwanda, St Helena,  St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa,  Sri Lanka,  Swaziland, Tanzania,Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tristan da Cunha, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Western Samoa, and Zambia)

Scholarship value/inclusions:

DFID and participating United Kingdom institutions will jointly meet the full costs of an award holder’s study in the United Kingdom including approved tuition and examination fees, air fares to and from the United Kingdom, maintenance allowance, thesis grants, initial arrival allowance, and travel expenses related to study.


To apply for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, candidates must:

•  Be Commonwealth citizens, refugees, or British protected persons
•  Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country (a full list is available in the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2015 prospectus)
•  Be available to commence their academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2015
•  Hold, by October 2015, a first degree of at least upper second class Honours standard
•  Not have undertaken studies lasting one year or more in a developed country
•  Be unable themselves, or through their families, to pay to study in the UK

Application instructions:

Applications are currently closed.

All applications must be made through your host UK university. You must check with them in the first instance for specific advice on how to make an application and for their own closing dateAll candidates must submit their application using the Commission’s Electronic Application System (EAS). The EAS will close to applicants on 16 April 2015 and no further applications can be made after that date. Candidates should note that most university closing dates fall before 16 April and you must submit your application by the date advised by the university to which you are applying.

It is important to read the 2015 Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Prospectus and visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Contact information:

All enquiries should be addressed to the University at which you wish to study.  Contact details of each institution can also be found at the 2015 Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Prospectus.


Official Scholarship Website:

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