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Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

Deadline for applications has passed. Information available for reference only.

Key Facts

Fee status

International

Level

Postgraduate (taught)

Deadline

Deadline for applications has passed. Information available for reference only.

Number of awards

7

Value of awards

Awards cover maintenance allowance, tuition fees and air fares.

Your country/region

All Commonwealth

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are for candidates from developing Commonwealth countries, looking to study selected postgraduate Masters courses.

Background information

The Commonwealth Shared Scholarships scheme is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and UK universities, to support students from developing commonwealth countries to study full-time in the United Kingdom on a postgraduate Masters course.

We offer the scholarships for the following courses:

The scholarship covers:

  • tuition fees
  • maintenance/ living cost stipend
  • return flights
  • thesis grant
  • study travel grant (if applicable)
  • one-off arrival allowance

Find out more about Commonwealth Shared Scholarships.

When considering candidates for nomination, please note that the Commission would like to maintain a gender balance amongst nominated candidates. The Commission would also like to ensure there is a geographical spread of candidates and particularly welcomes applicants from the following countries:

  • Eswatini
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tanzania
  • The Gambia
  • Tuvala
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia

Eligibility and availability

To be eligible, you 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 your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2020
  • by October 2020, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate  qualification (usually a Master’s degree). 
  • not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high-income country (as classified by the World Bank)
  • be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

Information on eligibility can be found on the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships website.

How do I apply?

Applicants need to first apply to the University of Stirling for one of the eligible courses. In order to be considered for an award, applicants must hold an offer of a place at Stirling. We would recommend applying to Stirling well in advance of any deadlines for this scholarship.

Applicants must then submit a separate application using the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's Electronic Application System (EAS) between 6 November 2019 and 4pm, 18 December 2019.

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