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UK Commonwealth Scholarships 2024/2025 (Fully-Funded Masters & PhD) For Developing Countries



Summary

Each year, UK Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), 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.


Benefits:

Each scholarship 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 usually the cost of journeys made before your award is finally confirmed)

  • Approved tuition and examination fees

  • Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,347 per month, or £1,652 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at current levels).

  • Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable

  • Warm clothing allowance, where applicable

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

  • For PhD Scholars, fieldwork grant towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas (usually the cost of one economy class return airfare to your fieldwork location), where approved

  • For UK Commonwealth Scholarships PhD Scholars, paid mid-term visit (airfare) to your home country (unless you have claimed (or intend to claim) spouse and/or child allowances during your scholarship, or have received a return airfare to your home country for fieldwork)

  • If you have children and are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of £576.61 per month for the first child, and £143 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 (rates quoted at current levels)


Eligibility:

PhD

To apply for UK Commonwealth 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 2023

  • By September 2023, 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 2022

  • 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

Masters

To apply for UK Commonwealth 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 2023

  • By September 2023, 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 (usually a Master’s degree). The CSC would not normally fund a second UK Master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you will need to justify as to why you wish to undertake this study

  • NOT be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university or in your home country before September 2023

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

  • Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format


Deadline: 17th October 2023


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