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Commonwealth Distance-Learning Scholarships 2023/2024 for Developing Countries


Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are offered to citizens of certain developing Commonwealth countries. These scholarships are funded by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to contribute to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.

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

Selection process

Each participating UK University will conduct its own recruitment process to select a specified number of candidates for Distance Learning Scholarships. Universities must put forward their selected candidates to the CSC by 9 May 2023. The CSC will then confirm that these candidates meet the eligibility criteria for this scheme, and universities will inform candidates of their results in July 2023.

Selection criteria include:

  • Academic merit of the candidate

  • The potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country or country other than South Africa or ii) residing in South Africa but outside of Cape Town


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

  • Hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard; a lower qualification and sufficient relevant experience may be considered in certain cases.

  • Be unable to afford to study your chosen course without this scholarship.

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


31st March 2023

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