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. 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.  

The scholarship covers the cost of 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 6
  • Value Tuition Fees, Living costs and Expenses
  • Opens 21 January 2019
  • Deadline 14 March 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 2019;
  • 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;
  • be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship.

 *Candidates who hold a first degree with first class honours will be given preference. 

The eligible courses for 2019 are:

MSc Finance

MSc Electronic and Electrical Engineering

MSc Sustainable Engineering: Renewable Energy Systems and the Environment

MSc Environmental Engineering

MSc Forensic Science

MSc Pharmaceutical Analysis

The 2019 Terms and Conditions as well as the list of courses, insitutions and eligible countries are available on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's website at:   

Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:

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

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 candididates. 

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

For full terms and conditions see CSS Terms and Conditions 2019


Contact us

Funding and Financial Support Team


University of Strathclyde

McCance Building

16 Richmond Street

Glasgow G1 1XQ


How to apply


Step 1 - all applications must be made via the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's online application system. Their online application form is now open. Any applications not submitted via their online application system will NOT be accepted.  All applications must be submitted by 16.00 (GMT) on 14 March 2019 at the latest.

Take a note of your candidate ID number (as shown on the scholarship online application) because you will need to pass this to your referees to include in their reference letter to us.  


We require candidates to provide at least 2 out of 3 references at the scholarship application stage.  Please ensure your referees are familiar with your academic performance and with the Scholarship's eligibility requirements.  Referees must be qualified to comment on both your capacity to benefit from your proposed study in the UK and your ability to deliver development impact afterwards.  See further information under 'References' on the online application form. 

Step 2 - you should ask your referees to complete your reference on institutional letterhead and include the following information in their reference letter:

  • applicant's name
  • CSS application number
  • proposed course of study
  • University application number (if you have already made an application to the University)

Step 3 - referees should quote the CSS candidate ID number on the 'subject line' of their email to us.  As we normally receive a high volume of applications, this will make it easier for us to match references with scholarship applications.  Please ask referees to send references directly to 


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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