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 – 27,000 of them were funded by the UK government, through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC).
The CSC awards over 800 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 Masters and PhD Scholarships are for candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time Masters or PhD study at a UK university.
Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Masters or PhD 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 become influential leaders, teachers, researchers, and enhance the development of their home countries with the knowledge and leadership skills they acquire through these programmes.
All Commonwealth Scholarships will be 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
Attached below are application terms and conditions for candidates for the Masters and PhD scholarships 2018.
The closing dates for:
1. all electronic applications (via EAS) is 22 February AND
2. submission of a hard copy to the USAf Office 27 February 2018.
For information about the other scholarships and fellowships offered by the CSC, visit www.dfid.gov.uk/cscuk