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Commonwealth Split-site PhD Scholarship 2023 in the UK for Developing Countries


Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships support one year’s study at a UK university as part of a Ph.D. being undertaken in a candidate’s home country, under the joint supervision of a home country and UK supervisor.

The 12-month period of study in the UK supported by the scholarship can be taken at any stage during your Ph.D. study, providing this is justified in your study plan. It can be divided into two or more periods, with no more than 12 months elapsing between each award term. If you have not already started your Ph.D. at the time of your application, you will be eligible to spend a maximum of six months in the UK in your first year of study.

These scholarships are for:

  • 12 months of study at a UK university as part of an applicant’s doctoral studies in their home country, starting in Jan 2023

  • Applicants who are registered (or will be registered by September 2022) for a Ph.D. at a university in an eligible Commonwealth country

  • Study at a UK university with which your home university has an established institutional or departmental link

  • Study at a UK university with a part funding agreement with the CSC. View a full list of UK universities with part funding agreements


Each fellowship provides:

  • Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependants, nor the cost of journeys made before your award is confirmed)

  • Approved tuition fees

  • Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,236 per month, or £1,516 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at current levels)

  • Warm clothing allowance, where applicable

  • Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas

  • If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, a child allowance of £529 per month for the first child, and £131 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if you are accompanied by your children and they are living with you at the same address in the UK.


  • 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 registered for a Ph.D. at a university in an eligible Commonwealth country by the time your Scholarship starts (September 2023)

  • Ensure an institutional or departmental link exists between your home university and your proposed UK university. This link must be greater than simply a collaboration between individuals – see the section on ‘Tenure and placement’ for further details. Both supervisors must provide a supporting statement which provides further details of the link to ensure your application is eligible.

  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK in September 2023

  • By September 2023, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard or a lower second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)

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


2nd March 2023

Click here for more details.


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