Scholarships & funding opportunities

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are offered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in partnership with UK universities. These scholarships are intended for candidates from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries for full-time Masters study on selected courses. Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), these 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.  


  • Number of scholarships 7
  • Value Tuition Fees, Living costs, return travel to UK and other expenses
  • Opens 6 November 2019
  • Deadline 18 December 2019
  • Help with Tuition fees, Living costs, Travel costs
  • Duration One-off award


To apply for these scholarships, 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 Sep/Oct 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 Masters degree). The CSC would not normally fund a second UK 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.

 *The University will give preference to candidates who already hold a first degree with FIRST CLASS HONOURS (or equivalent).  

The eligible courses for 2020 are:

MSc Applied Economics

MSc Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology

MSc Finance

MSc Electronic and Electrical Engineering

MSc Sustainable Engineering: Renewable Energy Systems and the Environment

MSc Environmental Engineering

MSc Diplomacy & International Security

The 2020 Terms and Conditions as well as the list of courses, insitutions and eligible countries are available on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's website at:   

The CSC aims to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make change.  They are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination, and encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates and eligible countries. 

These scholarships do not cover undergraduate courses, PhD study, or any pre-sessional English language teaching, and are tenable for one year only.

Further Information

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

Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:

  • Academic merit
  • Quality of Study Plan
  • Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate's home country. 

For full terms and conditions see


Contact us

Funding and Financial Support Team


University of Strathclyde

McCance Building (Level 1)

16 Richmond Street

Glasgow G1 1XQ


How to apply


Applications must be made via the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's online application system. Their online application system for 2020 is now open.  Any applications not submitted via their online application system will NOT be accepted.  All applications and supporting documents must be submitted by 16.00 (GMT) on 18 December 2019 at the latest.  Please see


Referees must be listed in the online application form.  References will only be requested from nominees and reserve candidates put forward by the University. 


Candidates must apply for a place on the course/s through the University's admissions application system separately (unless they already hold an offer).  Candidates must secure admission to the course/s in addition to applying for a Shared Scholarship.  

Information on how to apply to the University can be found at

Each course page has an 'apply' button for you to start your application. 

For English language requirements, please refer to




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