ABOUT COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIPS
The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is one of the largest and most prestigious
international scholarship schemes in the world. Since it was established in 1959, 35,000 individuals have
held a Commonwealth Scholarship or Fellowship – 27,500 of them were funded by the UK government,
through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC).
The CSC awards over 750 scholarships and fellowships for postgraduate study and professional
development to Commonwealth citizens each year.
The CSC’s Secretariat is provided by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, based in London;
overseas services are provided by the British Council.
COMMONWEALTH MASTER’S SCHOLARSHIPS
Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships are for candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth
countries, to undertake full-time taught Master’s study at a UK university.
Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Master’s
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.
Purpose: To contribute to development needs of Commonwealth countries by providing training for skilled
and qualified professionals and academics, and to contribute to UK higher education and foreign policy
aims by encouraging collaboration and links.
Intended beneficiaries: High-quality postgraduate students who have the potential to enhance the
development of their home countries with the knowledge and leadership skills they acquire.
Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships are offered under six themes:
1. Science and technology for development
The scholarship, which may be in any area of science or technology (including, for example, agriculture,
veterinary science, or forestry), will develop knowledge and/or skills that are directly related to the specific
needs of a low or middle income country. Where possible, applications should cite expressed national or
2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
The scholarship will develop knowledge and/or skills that will improve health provision or outcomes for
disadvantaged groups in low and middle income countries. A range of approaches could be adopted, such
as training staff to fill critical shortage areas; establishing better systems, processes, or management;
health promotion and improving understanding of non-take up; or developing new treatments.
3. Promoting global prosperity
The scholarship will support economic prosperity in low and middle income countries. The knowledge
and/or skills gained could lead to, for example, enhanced trade capacity; improved economic
understanding or decision-making by business or government; new products and services; or long-term
capacity building, through the development of entrepreneurial skills, for instance.
4. Strengthening global peace, security and governance
The scholarship will develop knowledge and/or skills that will strengthen peace and security at national,
regional, or international levels. Multiple approaches could be used, such as strengthening open and
transparent governance; improving mutual understanding within and between societies; or building systems
that reduce the potential for conflict or encourage its resolution.
5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
The scholarship will develop knowledge and/or skills which will help low and middle countries adapt to
changing contexts, withstand sudden shocks, or increase capacity to preserve the continuity of operations
following such events. This could apply to a broad range of threats, including natural and physical
disasters; long-term threats such as climate change; interruptions to the supply of key resources; or sudden
economic or technological disruption.
6. Access, inclusion and opportunity
The scholarship will develop knowledge and/or skills that will promote opportunity amongst historically
disadvantaged groups in low and middle income countries. This could be through, for example, expanding
educational opportunities; conducting community outreach; enhancing access to decision-making; or
increasing understanding of the barriers faced. A range of disadvantage can be addressed – including
social, economic, gender, ethnic, regional, or political – provided that the need is clearly stated.
To apply for these scholarships, you must:
Protected Person academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in
September 2020, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a
second class degree (2:2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (a Master’s degree). The CSC would
not normally fund a second UK Master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you
will need to provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study
documentation in the required format
Not be able 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, please read the
CSC disability support statement at http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/csc-disability-support-statement/
ELIGIBLE COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES
Antigua and Barbuda
Papua New Guinea
St Vincent and the Grenadines