Commonwealth Scholarships for PhD and split-site PhD study – developed Commonwealth country citizens

Commonwealth Scholarships for citizens of developed Commonwealth countries (Australia, The Bahamas, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cyprus, Malta, and New Zealand) are offered for PhD and split-site PhD study in the UK. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in conjunction with UK universities.

Levels of study

You can apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship for the following levels of study:

  • PhD
  • Split-site, where the CSC supports one year’s study at a UK university as part of a PhD being undertaken in your home country

The CSC does not offer scholarships to candidates from developed Commonwealth countries who have already started their PhD study in the UK.

Candidates are encouraged to include three choices of institution on their application form. Commonwealth Scholarships for developed Commonwealth country citizens are offered under a joint funding arrangement between the CSC and host universities. Under this arrangement, the CSC will fund two years of a three-year PhD and the host university will fund one year (for split-site study, the CSC will fund the one year award). Agreements to joint fund scholarships will be negotiated individually for selected candidates; applicants are advised to make this clear to their chosen universities. A scholarship cannot normally proceed without the university’s agreement to the joint funding arrangement.

Terms and conditions and eligibility

You must provide a statement of support from at least one of your chosen UK universities, in order for your application to be eligible.

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

All applicants will be considered on their intellectual and academic merits and on the quality of their research proposal. As Commonwealth Scholarships for candidates from developed Commonwealth countries are funded by BIS, an important criterion is the candidate’s potential to contribute to world-class research and scholarship. In addition to attracting candidates of the highest academic ability, BIS is keen to support applicants whose research will help sustain international recognition of the UK higher education system and who seek to become leaders in their chosen profession and for the benefit of wider society.

See Selection criteria for Commonwealth Scholarships (developed Commonwealth country citizens) 2015 for further details.

Applicants should check the English language entry requirements of their chosen universities when applying.

How to apply

All applications must be made directly to the CSC using our Electronic Application System (EAS).

Full help on how to apply using the EAS is provided in our guides, which should be read in full before making any attempt to use the EAS.

The EAS will close to applicants on 9 March 2015 and no further applications can be made after that date. The CSC will not accept any applications which are not submitted via the EAS.

How to access the EAS

All enquiries about these scholarships should be sent using the Contact form.