Commonwealth Scholarships for PhD and split-site PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developed Commonwealth countries (Australia, The Bahamas, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cyprus, Malta, and New Zealand). These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), with the aim of supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.
You can apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship for the following types of study:
- Split-site (PhD), where the CSC supports one year’s study at a UK university as part of a PhD being undertaken in your home country
All subject areas are eligible, although the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to applications that demonstrate the strongest potential for strategic impact.
Scholarships are tenable only at UK universities with which the CSC has a joint funding agreement. Joint funding agreements will be negotiated individually for selected candidates. You should make this clear to your chosen universities.
To apply for these scholarships, you must:
- Be a citizen of or refugee in Australia, The Bahamas, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cyprus, Malta, or New Zealand, and be permanently resident in one of these countries
- Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2017
- By October 2017, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
- If you are applying for split-site (PhD) study, be registered for a PhD at a university in your home country
If you have already started your PhD study at a UK university, you are not eligible to apply for these scholarships.
Applications without any supporting statements from your proposed supervisors will be considered ineligible.
The CSC promotes equal opportunity, gender equity, and cultural exchange. Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates. The CSC is committed to administering and managing its scholarships and fellowships in a fair and transparent manner – for more information, see the CSC anti-fraud policy.
Terms and conditions
For full terms and conditions, see the Commonwealth Scholarships (developed Commonwealth countries) 2017 terms and conditions
Each candidate’s application will be considered by the CSC’s selection committee in competition with other candidates.
Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:
- Academic merit of the candidate
- Quality of the proposal
- Potential of the candidate to lead in the pursuit of global excellence in research and knowledge
For further details, see Selection criteria for 2017 Commonwealth Scholarships (developed Commonwealth countries)
How to apply
You must make your application directly to the CSC using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS). Click here for full information on how to use the EAS, including detailed guides.
You are not required to apply via a nominating body for these scholarships.
All applications must be submitted by 23.59 (GMT) on 21 March 2017 at the latest.
You must provide the following supporting documentation to be received by the CSC by 23.59 (GMT) on 21 March 2017:
- Academic transcripts
- Unconditional offer(s) from your chosen university/universities (a conditional offer with only a financial condition is acceptable)
- Proof that you are a citizen of a developed Commonwealth country: a copy of your passport or birth certificate
You must provide the following supporting documentation to be received by the CSC by 16.00 (BST) on 28 March 2017:
- References from at least two individuals
- If you are applying for PhD study, supporting statement from a proposed supervisor in the UK from at least one of the universities named on your application form
- If you are applying for split-site (PhD) study, supporting statements from both your home and your prospective UK supervisors
If you do not provide these documents with your EAS application, you must send them in PDF format with your EAS number as the file name to firstname.lastname@example.org – please include your EAS number in the subject line of the email. If you think that the CSC has not received any of these documents, you should resend them to this email address.
If any of these documentation is not provided by the dates specified above, your application will be considered ineligible. It is your responsibility to ensure that your referees and supervisor(s) have provided the necessary information either via the EAS or to the above email address by the stated deadlines.
Please note that the CSC does not charge candidates to apply for any of its scholarships or fellowships through its Electronic Application System (EAS), and it does not charge organisations to nominate candidates.
If you have an enquiry, please contact the CSC using the Contact us form.