Commonwealth Undergraduate Scholarships

Commonwealth Undergraduate Scholarships are for candidates from St Helena and the Seychelles, for full-time undergraduate study at a UK university. These eligible countries have either no or only recently-established undergraduate degree provision.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Undergraduate Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK. These scholarships are offered under six themes:

  1. Science and technology for development
  2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  6. Access, inclusion and opportunity

For information on other scholarships offered by the CSC, visit our Apply page.

Eligibility

To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by St Helena or the Seychelles
  • Be permanently resident in St Helena or the Seychelles
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2018
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

The CSC aims to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make change. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination, and encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates. For further information on the support available to candidates with a disability, see the CSC disability support statement.

The CSC is committed to administering and managing its scholarships and fellowships in a fair and transparent manner. For further information, see the CSC anti-fraud policy and the DFID guidance on reporting fraud.

Terms and conditions

For full terms and conditions – including further details of the scholarship themes, tenure and placement, value of the scholarship, and general conditions – see the Commonwealth Undergraduate Scholarships 2018 terms and conditions

You should apply to study at a UK university which has a part funding agreement with the CSC. View a full list of UK universities with part funding agreements

Selection process

Each year, the CSC invites selected nominating bodies to submit a specific number of nominations. The deadline for nominating bodies to submit nominations to the CSC is 22 March 2018.

The CSC invites around three times more nominations than scholarships available – therefore, nominated candidates are not guaranteed to be awarded a scholarship. There are no quotas for scholarships for any individual country. Candidates nominated by national nominating agencies are in competition with those nominated by other nominating bodies, and the same standards will be applied to applications made through either channel.

Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:

  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Quality of the plan of study
  • Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country

For further details, see the Commonwealth Undergraduate Scholarships 2018 selection criteria

How to apply

You must apply to your national nominating agency in the first instance – the CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships. View a full list of national nominating agencies

All applications must be made through your national nominating agency. Each nominating agency is responsible for its own selection process. You must check with your nominating agency for their specific advice and rules for applying, their own eligibility criteria, and their own closing date for applications. The CSC does not impose any age limit on applicants, but nominating agencies may do so in line with their own priorities.

You must make an application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS), in addition to any other application that you are required to complete by your national nominating agency.

Your application must be submitted to and endorsed by your national nominating agency. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the EAS.

All applications, including full transcripts detailing all your upper secondary school qualifications must be submitted by 23.59 (GMT) on 22 February 2018 at the latest.

You are advised to complete and submit your application as soon as possible, as the EAS will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline.

You must provide references from at least two individuals, which must be received by the CSC by 23.59 (GMT) on 22 March 2018 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:

How to access the EAS

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.

Choosing a university/course

You may find the following resources useful when researching your choices of institution and course of study in the UK:

  • UCAS – the official website of the centralised application system for undergraduate degrees in the UK, with advice on choosing what and where to study
  • Study UK – British Council website, with guidance for international students and a course and institution search
  • Research Excellent Framework 2014 results – results of a system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions
  • Unistats – the official website for comparing UK higher education course data
  • UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) – advice for international students on choosing a course of study

The CSC is not responsible for the content of external sites.

Enquiries?

All enquiries about these scholarships should be directed to your nominating body.

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