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Apply for the Commonwealth Ph.D. Scholarships 2020

Brief Description

Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are for candidates from least developed countries and fragile states in the Commonwealth, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth PhD 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. 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


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 September/October 2020

• By September 2020, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree (2:2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (a Master’s degree)

• NOT be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university before September/October 2020

• NOT have commenced and be currently registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, in your home country or elsewhere

• Have the support of a potential supervisor from at least one UK university listed in your application form

• Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format

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

Deadline is 30 October, 2019

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