Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships


Key facts

  • Number of scholarships: 5
  • Value: Tuition fees
  • Opens: 1 February 2022
  • Deadline: 15 March 2022
  • Helps with: Tuition fees
  • Duration: 3 years


We are pleased to offer these prestigious scholarships to 5 well-qualified candidates from an eligible Commonwealth country. 

These scholarships are only available for offer-holders to the following MSc programmes with entry September 2022:

  • MSc Prosthetic & Orthotic Rehabilitation Studies
  • MSc Prosthetic Rehabilitation Studies
  • MSc Orthotic Rehabilitation Studies
  • MSc Rehabilitation Studies


To be eligible for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship, candidates should:

  • be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • be permanently resident an eligible Commonwealth country as listed in the Eligibility Summary
  • hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard. A lower qualification and sufficient relevant experience may be considered in certain cases.
  • be unable to afford to study the programme 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, see the CSC disability support statement.

The CSC is committed to administering and managing its scholarships and fellowships in a fair and transparent manner. For further information, see the CSC anti-fraud policy and the FCDO guidance on reporting fraud.

The CSC is committed proactively to safeguard and promote the welfare of our beneficiaries, and to protect its staff, Commissioners, beneficiaries and all those with whom the CSC comes into contact. The CSC requires staff, members of the Commission, applicants for and recipients of CSC awards and suppliers to act consistently with its requirements for safeguarding. Applicants should note the CSC’s Safeguarding Policy which sets out the obligation for staff, members of the Commission, applicants for and recipients of CSC awards and suppliers to act consistently with its requirements for safeguarding.

Any safeguarding concerns should be reported to the Commission at:

Subject eligibility

Biomedical engineering, Prosthetics & orthotics

Levels eligibility

Postgraduate Taught

Study modes eligibility

Full Time

Fee Status


Student type


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Project details

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are offered to candidates from least developed, low and lower middle-income Commonwealth countries, for part-time Master's study by distance learning. These scholarships are funded by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.

Purpose: To contribute to development needs of Commonwealth countries by providing training for skilled and qualified professionals in key development areas.

Intended beneficiaries: High-quality postgraduate students who wish to access training not available in their home countries, who wish or need to remain in their home country while they study, and who have the potential to enhance the development of their home countries with the knowledge and leadership skills they acquire.

Development themes and impact

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those unable to study in the UK for financial and other reasons.

These scholarships are 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

Find out more about the CSC Development themes.

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Further information

For further information on the Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships, please visit the CSC website.

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How to apply

Candidates are required to hold an offer of study, with entry September 2022, to one of the eligible part time MSc programmes via distance learning at the University of Strathclyde. To make a submission, apply online here.

Candidates must complete all sections of the online application form, and upload copies of the following documentation:

  • full academic transcripts and degree/graduation certificates for all academic qualifications. Please note that consolidated transcripts are not acceptable
  • evidence of suitable English language proficiency.  Recognised tests accepted for entry can be found on our English Language Requirements
  • a full CV, detailing employment history to date, organisations worked for, job titles and a brief description on roles, responsibilities and professional skills/attributes
  • name, contact information and email addresses for two nominated referees. These must be recent academic and/or employment contact who are able to comment on your skills, expertise and capabilities
  • any other supporting information or materials

Completed submissions are reviewed by the admissions selection panel, with outcomes confirmed within two working weeks.

Candidates must also submit a formal application to the Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships Scheme. Apply online at CSC.

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Contact us

If you have any queries about applying for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship, you can contact the CSC.