15 Easy steps to Apply And Win a Common Wealth Scholarship
From experience ,its not about not applying that can hinder an applicant from gaining the scholarship , in most cases applying wrongly can as well hinder one from gaining the scholarship. this article is in response to questions and comments of our subscribers on the step by step procedures of applying and winning a commonwealth scholarship after going through our article on Top 10 Easiest Steps to Apply And Win A Fulbright Scholarship ,we are glad it was helpful.
Just like Fulbright , the common wealth scholarship is also fully funded scholarship for international students (Developing countries) to pursue study in masters and PhD in the UK .These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
who is Eligible for the Common Wealth Scholarship??
Candidates are expected to hold a first degree at either first class or upper second class level, or at lower second class level plus a Master’s degree (see also Recruitment and selection). The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) cannot assess work experience in lieu of this minimum academic qualification.
Pre-sessional English language courses are not supported. The nominating university must therefore confirm that its candidates are sufficiently fluent in written and oral English to pursue their studies immediately, and ensure that they meet the English language requirement set by UKVI.
Candidates are required to sign an undertaking that they:
- Are nationals of a developing Commonwealth country
- Are permanently domiciled in a developing Commonwealth country, and are not at present living or studying in a developed country
- Have not studied for one (academic) year or more in a developed country
- Have not worked for one year or more in a developed country
- Are themselves, or through their families, unable to pay to study in the UK (as these awards are intended for candidates who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK, the university may be asked to state its procedures for verifying applicants’ financial status)
- Will return to their home country within one month of the end date of their award
These award conditions are current as of April 2017 and may be subject to minor changes.
Here are the 15 step by step procedures to ACCURATELY apply for a Common wealth Scholarship
- Carefully review the program summary for the country to which you are applying from.
- Draft a Statement of Grant Purpose that is feasible and culturally appropriate for the country of application.
- Identify a potential affiliation in the host country and make contact with an appropriate person there who might be able to serve as an adviser and who could write the Affiliation Letter for the common wealth application. Provide the author of the affiliation letter with a copy of your Statement of Grant Purpose.
- Draft a Personal Statement that provides the screening committee members with a fuller picture of who you are and what has motivated you to pursue this Fulbright opportunity.
- Consult with professors and/or colleagues with background in the country to which you are applying or those who have expertise in the field of study of the proposed project.
- Solicit critiques on the draft Statement of Grant Purpose from professors, advisers, mentors, colleagues, etc., and make revisions as appropriate.
- Contact 3 individuals to write recommendations. These individuals should be those who can best speak to your ability to carry out the project being proposed. You should provide a copy of your Statement of Grant Purpose to each recommender.
- For candidates submitting Foreign Language Evaluations: Contact the professor or other professional foreign language instructor who will complete the Foreign Language Evaluation form for the application.
- Obtain transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended.
- Check for typos—misspellings, capitalization errors, grammatical mistakes, etc.
- Make sure that all of the required fields on the Biographical Data pages have been filled in, including the Project Title and Abstract of Proposal sections.
- Check to make sure that the Statement of Grant Purpose, the Personal Statement, and the transcripts have been uploaded into the correct sections of the application.
- Confirm that recommenders and language evaluators have submitted their documents.
- Preview the completed application in the Embark system.
- Print a copy of the application for your records.