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Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

Key Facts

Fee status

International

Level

Postgraduate (taught)

Deadline

18 Dec 2019

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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