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Pakistan alumni event, 2015

Over 27,500 Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows have been funded by the UK government through the CSC since 1959. Our alumni include highly influential and notable figures, including prime ministers and cabinet ministers, Nobel Prize winners, academics, diplomats, writers, and leaders in major NGOs and businesses.

You are a Commonwealth Scholar for life and we hope that you will stay involved with the CSC community as an active alumnus. Through our alumni network, you will have the opportunity to build contacts with a diverse range of Scholars in your home country and across the Commonwealth, to support your work and your development impact goals.

Keeping the CSC informed of your career news and achievements enables us to provide evidence to our funding bodies to ensure the continuation of the scheme, and supports the work of our evaluation and monitoring programme, which aims to identify and quantify the impact of Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships. You can update your details by completing the alumni update form and emailing it to

Your alumni network

As an engaged alumnus, you will:

  • Have the opportunity to feature on the CSC website or in Common Knowledge, the CSC magazine. To submit an article idea or share news of your recent achievements, email us at
  • Be able to join an alumni association in your home country and attend in-country events
  • Receive The Common Room, our quarterly email newsletter featuring updates from the CSC community
  • Have the chance to take part in the Taylor & Francis Commonwealth Scholar Best Journal Article Prize (doctoral graduates only)
  • Feature in the CSC’s Directory of Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows; your name, country, year of award, level and subject/theme of study, and host institution will be published in this online register. Inclusion in the Directory is automatic on take up of your award.
  • Have access to the CSC’s nine Knowledge Hubs, which provide a platform for Commonwealth Scholars and alumni studying and working in similar disciplines to network and exchange ideas to support a shared sustainable development outcome

To ensure that you stay engaged with the alumni network, please make sure that you keep the CSC alumni team up to date with your current contact details, by completing the alumni update form and emailing it to

If you no longer wish to hear from the CSC alumni team, or if you would like your entry in the Directory of Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows to be removed, email us at

Bringing the CSC community together

You can keep in touch with current and former Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows through the Commonwealth Scholarships LinkedIn group. This is the main online forum for the CSC community to exchange news and views, and host discussions. We post news and events of interest to Scholars and alumni, and you can your own comments and post items to the group too.

The CSC also has eight Professional Networks on LinkedIn, which are coordinated by topic experts.

Become a CSC ambassador

You can support the CSC’s work by becoming an ambassador for Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships in your community and workplace. Our alumni are fantastic advocates for the scheme and play an important role in demonstrating the impact of our awards. Don’t forget to reference your Commonwealth Scholarship in your CV and biography, and to encourage other high-achieving individuals to apply for our awards. We will let you know when applications open for our scholarships, so you can tell colleagues and friends.

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