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Recruiting: Commonwealth Scholarship Academic Adviser Panel Members

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) has a panel of Academic Advisers who play a critical role in the selection of Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows, using an online report form to submit grades and comments which inform scholarship candidate selections made by CSC Commissioners.

The CSC is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and 90% of our scholarships are for applicants from low- and middle-income countries. Successful candidates are selected for their evidenced ability to contribute towards the development of their home countries upon completion of their studies.

The Commonwealth Scholarship Academic Adviser role is non-stipendiary and will appeal to academics with an interest in international development, sustainable development and/or the values of the Commonwealth, and who are looking to boost their experience of international scholarships and partnerships.

We are looking for prospective panel members who are:

  • Employed at a UK higher education institution
  • Appointed at Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader or Professorship level (or equivalent experience)
  • Experienced at teaching graduates
  • Experienced at supervising PhD candidates

Panel members are expected to:

  • Serve on the panel for a three-year term which is renewable once to a total of six years’ service. Appointments are for a one-year probation in the first instance, with appointment for a further two years based on satisfactory performance
  • Review and grade approx. 10 (to a maximum of 20) student applications per year based on your particular academic disciplines (exact numbers do vary by discipline and many Advisers will be asked to grade significantly fewer applications)

Academic Advisers grade each student application based on the following criteria: Academic Background; Plan of Study/Research Proposal; and Development Impact using the CSC’s criteria. They also are asked to provide a one-page online report explaining the choice of grades in a template form provided by the CSC.

Most review requests will be during academic term time with the peak period likely to be between January-April.

Please see the full Job Profile for Commonwealth Scholarship Academic Advisor. Applications to join the panel for 2019 have now closed. If you would like to register your interest in joining the Academic Adviser Panel in the future, or if you have any queries, please email

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