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Commonwealth Shared Scholarship

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are offered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in partnership with UK universities. These scholarships are intended for students from developing commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to afford to undertake Master’s level study in the UK, to gain skills and knowledge which will allow them to contribute to the development of their home countries.

The scholarship covers the cost of your tuition fees, living costs per month, travel to the UK and return home at the end of the scholarship and other expenses. 


  • Number of scholarships 4
  • Value Tution Fees, Living costs and Expenses
  • Opens 17 November 2016
  • Deadline 3 March 2017
  • Help with Tuition fees, Living costs, Travel costs
  • Duration One-off award


Is this for you?

To apply for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, candidates must:

  • Be Commonwealth citizens, refugees, or British protected persons
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country - a full list is available from CSC 2017 Terms and Conditions
  • Be available to commence their academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September 2017
  • Hold, by the closing date, a first degree of at least First Class Honours standard* 
  • Not have undertaken studies lasting one year or more in a developed country
  • Be unable themselves, or through their families, to pay to study in the UK

Courses available:

 *Please note that this is a higher requirement than the eligibility set by the Commonwealth Commission due to the high number of applications we receive for these scholarships.

Please go to the "How to Apply" tab for the application procedure.

Further Information

Each Scholarship provides:

  • Student concessionary or other approved airfare to the United Kingdom and return on expiry of the Scholarship
  • Tuition and examination fees
  • A personal maintenance allowance at the rate of £1,034 per month
  • Warm Clothing Allowance £401
  • A grant of £225 towards the expenses of preparing a dissertation, where applicable
  • A grant of £200 for expenses for approved study travel within the UK or overseas
  • Excess baggage allowance when returning home

These amounts will be reviewed and confirmed in August 2017, prior to the commencement of study.

No additional allowances are available for spouses or other dependants. If you are selected and plan to travel with family you are responsible for all costs related to them.

For further information, please see CSC 2017 Terms and Conditions