Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme


Key facts

  • Number of scholarships: 8
  • Value: Tuition Fees, Living costs, return travel to UK and other expenses
  • Opens: 3 November 2022
  • Deadline: 13 December 2022
  • Helps with: Tuition fees, Living costs, Travel costs
  • Duration: One-off award


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 Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), 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 application process has changed; applicants should not submit a course application to Strathclyde, they should only submit an application for the scholarship through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s online system. See the How to Apply tab for more details.

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 2023;
  • Hold a first degree of *at least upper second class (2:1) standard, or a second class degree and relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master's 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 eligible courses are:

The Terms and Conditions as well as the list of courses, institutions, and eligible countries are available on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's website at Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme  

The CSC aims to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make a change. They're 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, Ph.D. study, or any pre-sessional English language teaching, and are tenable for one year only."

Subject eligibility

Chemical engineering, Civil & environmental engineering, Economics, Entrepreneurship, History, Law, Mechanical & aerospace engineering, Politics, Environmental engineering, International relations, Renewable energy

Levels eligibility

Postgraduate Taught

Study modes eligibility

Full Time

Fee Status


Student type


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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

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How to apply

Please only submit a course application to the Strathclyde admissions team once you have received a nomination for the scholarship.

Timeline Applications and Nominations

  • 03 November 2022 - Applications open on CSS Website. Applications must be made via the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's online application system. Here is a link to the application.
  • 13 December 2022 - Applications close. All candidates must have submitted their Shared Scholarship application to the online application system. These applications will be shared with the University. in mid-January 2023
  • 13 March 2023 - Nomination Deadline. All universities must nominate their nominee and reserve Shared Scholars. The University will contact the successful candidates and ask them to submit their University application which will include references and proof of English Language requirements.
  • May/June 2023 - Eligibility Checks. The CSC will review nominated candidate applications and request references.
  • Mid-June 2023 - Reference Deadline.
  • Late-June 2023 - Approval of Nominations. The CSC will inform the University of nominees who have been approved and will be offered the award.
  • July/August 2023 - Confirmation of Award Letters send to successful candidates

For English language requirements, please refer to

Funding and Financial Support Privacy Notice

Pakistan Nationals applying for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship programme are also eligible to be considered for the Pakistan 50th Anniversary Scholarship, which provides the same level of support to a student from Pakistan who otherwise wouldn’t have the financial means to undertake postgraduate study in the UK. Here is a link to more information. 

Once the university has received the applications from The Commonwealth Commission, we will be in touch with all students from Pakistan by email to discuss if they would like to be considered for the Pakistan 50th Anniversary PG Scholarship and are happy to provide consent to share their CSS application with the board.

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Contact us

Funding and Financial Support Team 

Funding and Financial Support Team, Level 4,

The Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell Wing

Learning and Teaching Building

University of Strathclyde


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Bilal Ahmed smiles just off camera
This scholarship has given me access to study at a prestigious institution like Strathclyde. My course gave me the platform to network with emerging professionals and future leaders from all over the world and the academic faculty is extremely supportive and great to work with. If you’re looking for a postgraduate scholarship in the UK, I highly recommend this one.
Bilal Ahmed
MSc Offshore Wind Energy student from Pakistan