Commonwealth Shared Scholarships – UK university bids

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are for candidates from least developed, low, and lower middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time Master’s study on selected courses, jointly supported by UK universities.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Shared 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

Purpose: To contribute to development needs of Commonwealth countries by providing training for skilled and qualified professionals and academics who would not otherwise have been able to study in the UK.

Intended beneficiaries: High-quality postgraduate students who have not studied extensively overseas before, who would not otherwise have the opportunity to study in the UK, and who have the potential to enhance the development of their home countries with the knowledge and leadership skills they acquire.

UK universities are invited to bid for up to ten Commonwealth Shared Scholarships to be offered in 2018-2019.

Terms and conditions

For Commonwealth Shared Scholarships, the university is responsible for:

  • Recruiting and nominating candidates
  • Ensuring that nominated candidates meet the eligibility criteria specified in the bidding guidance notes
  • Paying a stipend to Shared Scholars at UK government-set rates
  • Looking after the welfare of Shared Scholars while they are on award

The CSC is responsible for:

  • Paying tuition fees (at full overseas level, to a maximum of £22,500)
  • Paying for return flights to the UK
  • Paying a study grant

For full terms and conditions – including a revised list of eligible countries – see the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2018 – university bidding guidance notes

How to apply

Applications may be submitted by UK universities only.

Bids must be submitted using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS). Information on how to use the EAS

The deadline for bids is 23:59 (GMT) on 13 December 2017.

How to access the EAS

Late bids cannot be accepted. Results should be available by the end of January 2018.

Any questions?

If you are based at a UK university and have any questions about Commonwealth Shared Scholarships or the university bidding process, please contact the CSC Secretariat at or on 020 7380 6751.

General enquiries about applying for Commonwealth Scholarships or Fellowships sent to this email address will not be answered; please use the Contact us form instead.

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.

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