About us

csc-corporate-logoThe Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) provides the main UK government scholarship scheme led by international development objectives. The CSC is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for International Development (DFID).

The CSC operates within the framework of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) and is a vivid demonstration of the UK’s enduring commitment to the Commonwealth.

By supporting innovators and leaders of the future from across the Commonwealth, and by attracting outstanding talent to Britain’s universities, our work combines sustainable development with the UK national interest.

We use rigorous procedures to ensure that our programmes promote equity and inclusion, reward merit, and deliver widespread access, especially to those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

DFID is our lead department and main sponsor, funding awards exclusively for candidates from low and middle income countries. We also receive financial contributions from the Department for Education (DfE), for scholarships for candidates from high income countries, and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), for fellowships for postdoctoral researchers.

The CSC offers:

The CSC also nominates UK citizens for Commonwealth Scholarships to study in other Commonwealth countries.

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Visit the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK pages on GOV.UK to find out more about the CSC, including:

  • Who we are
  • Our responsibilities and priorities
  • Our governance arrangements
  • Corporate publications
  • How to make a Freedom of Information request, press enquiry, or complaint

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