Applications are currently been accepted for the Fully-Funded Commonwealth Masters and PhD scholarships in the UK for Developing Countries 2021.
Eligible persons are by this notice charged to hurry and apply for this program before the deadline.
The record has it that each year, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission offers around 800 awards for postgraduate study and professional development to students.
These scholarships have helped a large number of postgraduate students pursue their academic dreams.
In addition, these scholarships give talented and motivated individuals the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development.
Note, these scholarships are for those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.
This post provides relevant information about the Commonwealth Masters and PhD Scholarships in UK 2021 and how you can apply successfully. See the table of content below;
About Commonwealth Masters and PhD Scholarships
Each year, Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries.
Basically, these scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.
What is the Commonwealth Scholarships Benefits?
Each scholarship provides:
- Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependants, nor usually the cost of journeys made before your award is finally confirmed)
- Approved tuition and examination fees
- Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,116 per month, or £1,369 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area
- Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable
- Warm clothing allowance, where applicable
- Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
- For PhD. Scholars, fieldwork grant towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas (usually the cost of one economy class return airfare to your fieldwork location), where approved
- For Ph.D. Scholars, paid mid-term visit (airfare) to your home country (unless you have claimed (or intend to claim) spouse and/or child allowances during your scholarship, or have received a return airfare to your home country for fieldwork)
- If your scholarship is at least 18 months long, the following family allowances:
- Spouse allowance of £240 per month if you and your spouse are living together at the same address in the UK (unless your spouse is also in receipt of a scholarship; other conditions also apply)
- Child allowance of £240 per month for the first child, and £118 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if you are accompanied by your spouse and children and they are living with you at the same address in the UK
- If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent (irrespective of the length of your scholarship), child allowance of £480 per month for the first child, and £118 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if you are accompanied by your children and they are living with you at the same address in the UK The CSC’s family allowances are intended to be only a contribution towards the cost of maintaining your family in the UK. The true costs are likely to be considerably higher, and you must be able to supplement these allowances in order to support any family members who come to the UK with you.
Who is qualified to apply?
To apply for these scholarships, you must:
- Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or also be a British Protected Person
- Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
- Must available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2021
- By October 2021, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honors standard, or a second class degree and relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
- NOT be registered for a Ph.D., or an MPhil leading to a Ph.D., at a UK university before September/October 2021
- Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
- Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
- Also, 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 September/October 2021
- By October 2021, hold a first-degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honors standard, or a second class degree and relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
- Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
The CSC promotes equal opportunity, gender equity, and cultural exchange. Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates.
Level/ Field of Study
These Commonwealth Scholarships are opened for Masters and PhD students. Also, it covers all subject areas, although the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to applications that demonstrate strong relevance to development.
The host nationality for the Commonwealth scholarships is the UK.
These scholarships are opened for Developing Commonwealth countries.
How Do I Apply for Commonwealth Masters and PhD Scholarships?
You must apply to one of the following nominating bodies in the first instance – the CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships:
- National nominating agencies – this is the main route of application
- Selected universities/university bodies, which can nominate their own academic staff
- Selected non-governmental organizations and charitable bodies
All applications must be made through one of these nominating bodies. Each nominating body is responsible for its own selection process.
You must check with your nominating body for their specific advice and rules for applying, their own eligibility criteria, and their own closing date for applications.
The CSC does not impose any age limit on applicants, but nominating bodies may do so in line with their own priorities.
You must make an application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS), in addition to any other application that you are required to complete by your nominating body.
Your application must be submitted to and endorsed by one of the approved nominating bodies listed above. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the EAS.
- References from at least two individuals
- Supporting statement from a proposed supervisor in the UK from at least one of the institutions named on your application form
When is the Application Deadline?
Applications for the Fully-Funded Commonwealth Masters and PhD Scholarships 2021 is to end by 16:00 (GMT), on the 18th January 2021.
Ensure that you complete and submit your application on time, as the online application system will likely be busy in the days just before the application deadline.
Also, all the required supporting documents should be included in your application by 16:00(GMT) on the 1st of February 2021 to increase you chances of being considered eligible.
Who awards commonwealth scholarships?
Commonwealth Scholarships are awarded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC). The scholarships are administered by the CSC Secretariat, which is based at the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) in London.
Who is the scholarship awarded to?
This scholarship is open to Developing Commonwealth countries.
I have been selected for a Master’s course. Can I extend my scholarship at a later date, for example, to study for a PhD?
No. Your scholarship is for one course of study or research only. If you would like a scholarship to study another course after your scholarship, you will need to apply again for another Commonwealth Scholarship.
What financial support does my scholarship provide?
Commonwealth Scholarships provide:
A stipend (living allowance) to cover your living costs (including accommodation) in the UK
Full tuition fees
Airfares to and from the UK
Other allowances as detailed in your Confirmation of Award
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