COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MASTERâ€™S AND PHD STUDY â€“ DEVELOPING COMMONWEALTH COUNTRY CITIZENS
Commonwealth Scholarships for Masterâ€™s and PhD study in the UK are offeredÂ for citizens ofÂ developing Commonwealth countries. These scholarships are funded by the UKÂ Department for International Development (DFID),Â with the aim of contributing to the UKâ€™s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.Â For information on other scholarships offered by the CSC, visit ourÂ Apply page.
You can apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship for the following levels of study:
- Masterâ€™s (one-year courses only)
All subject areas are eligible, although the CSCâ€™s selection criteria give priority to applications that demonstrate the strongest relevance to development.
You should apply to study at a UK university with which the CSC has a part funding agreement. Click here for aÂ list of UK universities which have part funding agreements with the CSC
To apply for these scholarships, you must:
- Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
- Be permanently resident in aÂ developing Commonwealth country
- Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2016
- By October 2016, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honors
- standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Masterâ€™s degree)
The CSC promotes equal opportunity, gender equity, and cultural exchange. Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates. The CSC is committed to administering and managing its scholarships and fellowships in a fair and transparent manner â€“ for more information, see theÂ CSC anti-fraud policy.
Terms and conditions
For full terms and conditions, see theÂ Commonwealth Scholarships 2016 prospectus
Each year, the CSC invites selected nominating bodies to submit a specific number of nominations. The deadline for nominating bodies to submit nominations to the CSC is 17 December 2015.
The CSC invites around three times more nominations than scholarships available â€“ therefore, nominated candidates are not guaranteed to be awarded a scholarship. There are no quotas for scholarships for any individual country. Candidates nominated by national nominating agencies are in competition with those nominated by other nominating bodies, and the same standards will be applied to applications made through either channel.
Each nominated candidateâ€™s application is first considered by a member of the CSCâ€™s panel of advisers with expertise in the subject area concerned, and then by the CSCâ€™s selection committee in competition with other candidates.
Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:
- Academic merit of the candidate
- Quality of the proposal
- Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidateâ€™s home country
For further details, see theÂ Selection criteria for 2016 Commonwealth Scholarships for developing Commonwealth country citizens
You may also find theÂ Feedback for unsuccessful candidatesÂ useful.
How to apply
You must apply to one of the following nominating bodies in the first instance â€“ the CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships:
All applicationsÂ mustÂ be made through your nominating body in your home country. Each nominating body is responsible for its own selection process. You must check with your nominating body for their specific advice and rules for applying, and for their own closing date for applications. The CSC does not impose any age limit on applicants, but nominating bodies may do so in line with their own priorities.
You must make your application using the CSCâ€™s Electronic Application System (EAS). Click here forÂ full information on how to use the EAS, including detailed guides.
Your application must be submitted to and endorsed by one of the approved nominating bodies listed above. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the EAS to a nominating body in your home country.
All applications must be submitted byÂ 19 November 2015Â at the latest. Please note that this is an earlier deadline than in previous years.
Deadline: November 16, 2015
To apply and for more information visit here
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