Application is invited to apply for Commonwealth PhD Scholarships. The Commonwealth PhD Scholarships target candidates hailing from the world’s most underdeveloped nations and those facing fragility, as designated by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC). These scholarships are designed for individuals in the Commonwealth who wish to pursue full-time doctoral studies at a university in the United Kingdom.
Administered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC), this scholarship program aligns with the UK government’s international development goals. It operates under the umbrella of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) and serves as a tangible manifestation of the United Kingdom’s unwavering dedication to the Commonwealth.
The CSC’s mission is to attract exceptionally talented individuals from diverse backgrounds and empower them to become leaders and innovators in their home countries upon their return. In doing so, the CSC not only advances sustainable development but also advances the national interests of the UK, fostering opportunities for global partnerships and cooperation.
Commonwealth PhD Scholarships
- Host Country: Study in the UK
- Host University: All Universities in the UK
- Scholarships Offered By: UK Government Scholarships Program under Commonwealth Scholarships
- Scholarships Coverage: Fully Funded
- Degree Level: Masters & Ph.D. Degree Programs in All Fields.
To apply for this scholarship, applicants must:
Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person. Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country.
Be available to start academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September 2024.
By September 2024, hold a first degree of at least upper second-class (2:1) honors standard, or a lower second-class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)*.
Not be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university or in their home country before September/October 2024.
Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship. Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format.
Please note that only applicants from the eligible countries listed below can apply for Commonwealth PhD Scholarships (for least developed countries and fragile states, as classified by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), in 2023/24.
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands
- The Gambia
Choosing a university/course
Applicants may find the following resources useful when researching their choices of institution and course of study in the UK:
Study UK – British Council website, with guidance for international students and a course and institution search
Steps to Postgraduate Study – a guide to asking the right questions about taught postgraduate study in the UK
Postgrad.com – information for postgraduate students, with a course search
Prospects – information on postgraduate study in the UK
Research Excellent Framework 2021 results – results of a system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions
UCAS Postgraduate – guidance on how to find and apply for a postgraduate course
Discover Uni– 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.
Each scholarship provides:
Approved airfare from the Scholar’s home country to the UK and return at the end of the award (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependants, nor the cost of journeys made before the award is confirmed).
Approved tuition fees: full fees are covered by an agreement between the CSC and the UK university, and Scholars are not liable to pay for any part of the tuition fee.
Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,347 per month, or £1,652 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at current levels).
Warm clothing allowance, where applicable.
Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas.
How to apply
Applications for Commonwealth PhD scholarships for the 2024/25 academic year are now open. The deadline for submitting an application is 17:00 hours BST (16:00 GMT) on 17 October 2023. The scholarships are for study in the UK beginning in September/October 2024.
Applications to the CSC must be made using the CSC’s online application system.
The CSC is unable to accept any applications or documentation not submitted via the online application system.
Applicants are advised to complete and submit applications as early as possible, as the online application system will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline.
As well as applying to the CSC, applicants must apply to a nominating agency.
For more information please check the official source.
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