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The University of Birmingham is offering scholarship in partnership with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) to students from developing commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the United Kingdom. The scholarship is also for international students who wish to pursue their postgraduate studies in the university.
The goal of the award is to grant access to these students with outstanding records regardless of their background, country of origin, or ability to pay.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR
The University of Birmingham has been leading the way as a global university since 1900; it was the first civic university to allow students from every background to study at its beautiful, leafy green campus. A member of the Russell Group of Universities, this research-intensive institution has world-leading academics including Nobel prize winners, and offers over 300 programmes from business to biosciences, engineering to psychology.
This partnership with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) is their way of helping student achieve their regardless of their background.
LEVEL / FIELD OF STUDY:
The scholarship is To be taken in UK at the University of Birmingham
Application Deadline: 28th February, 2017
Offered annually? Yes
Eligible Countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon, Dominica, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
The award is financed jointly by the University and the DFID. The award will cover:
- Full tuition fees
- Maintenance stipend
- Air fare to and from the United Kingdom
- Immigration Health Surcharge costs
- A one-off arrival allowance payment of approximately £950
- Thesis expenses of £225
- Study travel grant up to £200
- Excess baggage allowance for books up to 10kg on the return flight
Who Is Eligible For University of Birmingham Commonwealth Shared Scholarship:
Candidates are expected to hold a first degree at first class level and be under the age of 30 at the time the award begins.
Candidates must also certify that they:
- are nationals of a Commonwealth developing country, and not at present living or studying in a developed country;
- have not undertaken studies lasting one year or more in a developed country;
- are themselves, or through their families, unable to pay to study in the United Kingdom;
- agree to return to their own country to work or study as soon as the award ends. The commission will only consider requests to extend leave to remain in the UK post-award for those wishing to move from Masters to PhD study. Strict conditions will apply.
- DFID requires that the University certifies when submitting its shortlist of candidates that they are sufficiently proficient in the English language to cope with the course for which they have applied. This will normally mean that you will have to have satisfied any requirements concerning competence in the English language which are a condition of your offer of admission.
Candidates must also have been offered a place at the University of Birmingham on one of the following postgraduate programmes:
- MSc Clinical Oncology (School of Cancer Studies)
- MSc Development Economics (Dept of Economics)
How to Apply For University of Birmingham Commonwealth Shared Scholarship:
In order to apply for this scholarship, you must submit an application to both the University of Birmingham and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.
You can complete the University’s application via our online Commonwealth Shared Scholarship application form once the competition opens. You may submit the application form before you have received an offer from the University, however you must have secured your offer before the deadline of 28 February 2017 in order to be considered for a scholarship.
To submit your Commonwealth Scholarship Commission application, you must complete the Commission’s Electronic Application System (EAS). Guidance on completing this form can be found at http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/shared-scholarships/info-candidates.
Award Provider: UK Department for International Development (DFID) and The University of Birmingham
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