Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme at UK Universities

DFID/UK Universities
Masters Degree

Deadline: 17 April 2018 (annual)
Study in:  UK
Course starts Sep/Oct 2018

Brief description:

Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID),  jointly supported by UK universities.

Host Institutions:

Participating UK Universities

Level/Field(s) of Study:

Eligible Master’s courses offered at participating UK universities listed at this link.

The scholarships do not cover undergraduate courses, PhD study, or any pre-sessional English language teaching.

Number of Scholarships:

Around 200+ scholarships.

Target group:

Nationals of an eligible Commonwealth country

Scholarship value/inclusions/duration:

Each Scholarship provides approved tuition and examination fees, approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award, stipend, warm clothing allowance, study travel grant, and excess baggage allowance.

The scholarships are usually tenable for one year only.


To apply for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, candidates 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 a developing Commonwealth country
• Be available to commence their academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2018
• By October 2018, 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 Master’s degree)
• Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a developed country
• Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

Application instructions:

You should apply to study an eligible Master’s course at a UK university that is participating in the Shared Scholarship scheme. All applications must be made through your chosen university. You must check with your chosen university for their specific advice, admission requirements, and rules for applying. Some universities may require you to complete their own admissions application form as well, which may have a separate closing date.

You must make your application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS), in addition to any other application that you are required to complete by your chosen university. . All applications must be submitted by 23.59 (BST) on 17 April 2018 at the latest. Each university has its own closing date for applications.

It is important to read the 2018 Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Terms and Conditions and visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.


Official Scholarship Website:

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