Commonwealth Shared Scholarship
Scholarships for Master’s study for students from developing countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK, jointly supported by UK universities.
Purpose : To contribute to development needs of Commonwealth countries by providing training for skilled and qualified professionals and academics who would not otherwise have been able to study in the UK.
Intended beneficiaries : High-quality postgraduate students who have not studied extensively overseas before, who would not otherwise have the opportunity to study in the UK, and who have the potential to enhance the development of their home countries with the knowledge and leadership skills they acquire.
Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are offered for selected taught Master’s courses, and are usually tenable for one year only. These scholarships do not cover undergraduate courses, PhD study, or any pre-sessional English language teaching.
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Eligibility
To apply for these scholarships, you must :
- Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
- Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country. For a full list of eligible countries.
- Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September / October, 2017
- By August 2017, hold a first degree of either first or upper second class ( 2:1 ) classification, or lower second class (2:2) classification plus a relevant postgraduate qualification ( usually a Master’s degree )
- Not have studied or worked for one ( academic ) year or more in a developed country.
- Be unable, either yourself or through your family, to pay to study in the UK
The CSC promotes equal opportunity, gender equity, and cultural exchange. Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates.
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Application Form
Candidate should apply to study an eligible Master’s course at a UK university that is participating in the Shared Scholarship scheme. For a full list of participating universities, see pages 6-7. For a full list of eligible courses, visit http://bit.ly/cscuk-shared-scholarship-courses
Candidate must make your application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS) – information on how to use the EAS, including detailed guides, is available at http://bit.ly/cscuk-shared-scholarship
Before applying, you must check with your UK university for their specific advice, admission requirements, and rules for applying. Some universities may require you to complete their own admissions application form as well, which may have a separate closing date. You must take the necessary steps to secure admission to your chosen course(s) at your preferred university/universities at the same time as applying for a Shared Scholarship. For a full list of contact details, visit http://bit.ly/cscuk-shared-scholarship-courses
You can apply for more than one course and/or to more than one university, but you may only accept one offer of a Shared Scholarship.
All applications must be submitted by 29 March 2017 at the latest. Each university has its own closing date for applications, and most are before 29 March 2017. For a full list of closing dates.
The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the EAS to your UK university or applications directly from individuals; such applications will not be acknowledged.
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Selection Process
Each participating UK university will conduct its own recruitment process to select a specified number of candidates for Shared Scholarships. Universities must put forward their selected candidates to the CSC by 26th April, 2017. The CSC will then confirm that these candidates meet the eligibility criteria for this scheme. Universities will inform candidates of their results by July, 2017.
Selection criteria includes :
- Academic merit of the candidate.
- Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country.
Shared Scholarships are jointly funded by the CSC and participating UK universities. Each Scholarship provides :
- Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award ( arranged by the university; funded by the CSC )
- Approved tuition and examination fees ( funded by the CSC )
- Stipend ( living allowance ) at the rate of £1,043 per month, or £1,279 per month for those studying at universities in the London metropolitan area ( rates quoted at 2016 – 2017 levels ) ( paid and funded by the university )
- Warm clothing allowance ( paid and funded by the university )
- Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas ( claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC )
- Excess baggage allowance, up to an annual approved limit, when returning home ( claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC )
Additional allowances for spouses or other dependants are not usually available.
General Conditions of Award
- A Commonwealth Shared Scholarship covers fees, fares, and personal maintenance. Other scholarships, awards, or bursaries that cover the same costs may not be held concurrently.
- If your application is successful and the CSC has confirmed that you meet the eligibility requirements of the scheme, your university will notify you that you have been provisionally selected ( selected for an award subject to the CSC agreeing your terms of admission to the university )
- The CSC reserves the right to publish the names of provisionally selected candidates on the CSC website. By applying for an award, you are giving your consent for your details to be published in this way if your application is successful.
- When terms of admission to the university have been agreed and all documentation has been completed and returned, the CSC will send you a formal Confirmation of Award.
- You will be required to submit a medical report before your Confirmation of Award can be issued.
- You will be required to sign a declaration confirming that you are a national of a Commonwealth developing country, and not at present living or studying in a developed country; have not studied or worked for more than one academic year in a developed country; and are unable, either yourself or through your family, to pay to study in the UK, as well as an undertaking to return to your home country as soon as possible after the end of your award. Any false declarations will cause at least the CSC’s share of your award to be terminated, even if your course of study has started. In such circumstances, you will be required to refund any payments made by the CSC in connection with your award.
- You are expected to start your award on the date stated in your Confirmation of Award.
- If you require a Tier 4 visa to come to the UK to study, you may be required to take an approved English language test and / or be screened for tuberculosis for your visa application. These regulations are subject to change at any time. You should check the GOV.UK website at www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa for updated information.
- For certain subjects of study, you may be required to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme ( ATAS ) certificate before applying for a UK visa. Your university will advise you if you require an ATAS certificate and how to apply. For more information, visit www.gov.uk/academic-technology-approval-scheme
- All UK immigration regulations are set by UK Visas and Immigration and are subject to change. The CSC has no control over these regulations.
- You are expected to reside in the UK throughout your award, and to seek approval from the CSC in advance for any overseas travel.
- You must not undertake paid employment during your award without approval from the CSC in advance.
- The CSC will consider a request to extend your leave to remain in the UK after your award only if you wish to move from Master’s to PhD study. Strict conditions will apply.
- The CSC cannot provide a letter of support for you to remain in the UK after your award to work or undertake postdoctoral study.
- Your award may be terminated at any time for reasons of unsatisfactory conduct, progress, or attendance, or if your registration is suspended or terminated by your university for any reason.
- In line with the UK Bribery Act 2010, any applicant convicted of bribery will be banned from reapplying for a Commonwealth Scholarship or Fellowship for a period of up to five years.
- The CSC is committed to administering and managing its scholarships and fellowships in a fair and transparent manner. For more information, see the CSC anti-fraud policy and procedure at http://bit.ly/cscuk-anti-fraudpolicy
- All terms and conditions of award are subject to UK local law and practices, and are subject to change by the CSC.
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Important Dates
|Number of awards available||
|Aberystwyth University||1||17th March, 2017|
|Bangor University||6||28th March, 2017|
|Bath Spa University||1||29th March, 2017|
|Bishop Grosseteste University||1||31st January, 2017|
|Bournemouth University||2||29th March, 2017|
|Coventry University||1||29th March, 2017|
|Cranfield University||6||29th March, 2017|
|Durham University||6||17th March, 2017|
|Edinburgh Napier University||1||28th March, 2017|
|Glasgow Caledonian University||1||29th March, 2017|
|Goldsmiths, University of London||1||1st March, 2017|
|Harper Adams University||1||29th March, 2017|
|Heriot-Watt University||2||29th March, 2017|
|Imperial College London||2||27th February, 2017|
|Keele University||6||3rd March, 2017|
|King’s College London||1||1st March, 2017|
|Leeds Beckett University||6||10th March, 2017|
|Liverpool Hope University||2||28th March, 2017|
|Liverpool John Moores University||2||29th March, 2017|
|London School of Economics and Political Science||3||7th March, 2017|
|London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine||5||29th March, 2017|
|London South Bank University||2||29th March, 2017|
|Manchester Metropolitan University||1||29th March, 2017|
|Newcastle University||6||24th March, 2017|
|Nottingham Trent University||6||29th March, 2017|
|Oxford Brookes University||1||28th March, 2017|
|Queen Margaret University||1||16th March, 2017|
|Queen Mary, University of London||6||1st March, 2017|
|Queen’s University Belfast||2||28th February, 2017|
|Royal College of Art||1||29th March, 2017|
|Royal Veterinary College||2||3rd March, 2017|
|School of Advanced Studies, University of London||1||28th March, 2017|
|Sheffield Hallam University||3||29th March, 2017|
|SOAS, University of London||2||31st January, 2017|
|St Mary’s University||1||29th March, 2017|
|Swansea University||1||17th March, 2017|
|Teesside University||2||25th February, 2017|
|University College London||6||17th February, 2017|
|University of Aberdeen||4||28th March, 2017|
|University of Bath||6||28th March, 2017|
|University of Birmingham||1||28th February, 2017|
|University of Bristol||4||13th February, 2017|
|University of Buckingham||1||28th March, 2017|
|University of Cambridge||9||7th December, 2016|
|University of Central Lancashire||1||29th March, 2017|
|University of Chester||6||17th March, 2017|
|University of Edinburgh||2||31st January, 2017|
|University of Exeter||5||17th March, 2017|
|University of Glasgow||6||15th March, 2017|
|University of Greenwich||6||15th March, 2017|
|University of Hull||3||29th March, 2017|
|University of Leeds||6||1st February, 2017|
|University of Leicester||1||29th March, 2017|
|University of Liverpool||3||28th March, 2017|
|University of Nottingham||6||10th March, 2017|
|University of Oxford||6||29th March, 2017|
|University of Portsmouth||1||10th March, 2017|
|University of Reading||2||29th March, 2017|
|University of Sheffield||1||10th March, 2017|
|University of Southampton||2||1st March, 2017|
|University of St Andrews||1||28th March, 2017|
|University of Stirling||6||17th March, 2017|
|University of Strathclyde||4||3rd March, 2017|
|University of Sussex||1||28th March, 2017|
|University of the West of Scotland||3||24th March, 2017|
|University of Warwick||6||16th March, 2017|
|University of Wolverhampton||1||29th March, 2017|
Eligible Commonwealth Countries
|Anguilla||Kenya||St Vincent and The Grenadines|
|Antigua and Barbuda||Kiribati||Samoa|
|Falkland Islands||Nigeria||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Fiji||Pakistan||Turks and Caicos|
|Ghana||Papua New Guinea||Tuvalu|
|Guyana||St Helena||Virgin Islands ( British )|
|India||St Kitts and Nevis||Zambia|
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