Commonwealth Shared Scholarship

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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.

Value

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

 

University
Number of awards available 

Closing date
Aberystwyth University117th March, 2017
Bangor University628th March, 2017
Bath Spa University129th March, 2017
Bishop Grosseteste University131st January, 2017
Bournemouth University229th March, 2017
Coventry University129th March, 2017
Cranfield University629th March, 2017
Durham University617th March, 2017
Edinburgh Napier University128th March, 2017
Glasgow Caledonian University129th March, 2017
Goldsmiths, University of London11st March, 2017
Harper Adams University129th March, 2017
Heriot-Watt University229th March, 2017
Imperial College London227th February, 2017
Keele University63rd March, 2017
King’s College London11st March, 2017
Leeds Beckett University610th March, 2017
Liverpool Hope University228th March, 2017
Liverpool John Moores University229th March, 2017
London School of Economics and Political Science37th March, 2017
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine529th March, 2017
London South Bank University229th March, 2017
Manchester Metropolitan University129th March, 2017
Newcastle University624th March, 2017
Nottingham Trent University629th March, 2017
Oxford Brookes University128th March, 2017
Queen Margaret University116th March, 2017
Queen Mary, University of London61st March, 2017
Queen’s University Belfast228th February, 2017
Royal College of Art129th March, 2017
Royal Veterinary College23rd March, 2017
School of Advanced Studies, University of London128th March, 2017
Sheffield Hallam University329th March, 2017
SOAS, University of London231st January, 2017
St Mary’s University129th March, 2017
Swansea University117th March, 2017
Teesside University225th February, 2017
University College London617th February, 2017
University of Aberdeen428th March, 2017
University of Bath628th March, 2017
University of Birmingham128th February, 2017
University of Bristol413th February, 2017
University of Buckingham128th March, 2017
University of Cambridge97th December, 2016
University of Central Lancashire129th March, 2017
University of Chester617th March, 2017
University of Edinburgh231st January, 2017
University of Exeter517th March, 2017
University of Glasgow615th March, 2017
University of Greenwich615th March, 2017
University of Hull329th March, 2017
University of Leeds61st February, 2017
University of Leicester129th March, 2017
University of Liverpool328th March, 2017
University of Nottingham610th March, 2017
University of Oxford629th March, 2017
University of Portsmouth110th March, 2017
University of Reading229th March, 2017
University of Sheffield110th March, 2017
University of Southampton21st March, 2017
University of St Andrews128th March, 2017
University of Stirling617th March, 2017
University of Strathclyde43rd March, 2017
University of Sussex128th March, 2017
University of the West of Scotland324th March, 2017
University of Warwick616th March, 2017
University of Wolverhampton129th March, 2017

Eligible Commonwealth Countries

AnguillaKenyaSt Vincent and The Grenadines
Antigua and Barbuda KiribatiSamoa
Bangladesh LesothoSeychelles
Barbados MalawiSierra Leone
BelizeMalaysiaSolomon Islands
BermudaMauritiusSouth Africa
BotswanaMontserratSri Lanka
CameroonMozambiqueSwaziland
Cayman IslandsNamibiaTanzania
DominicaNauruTonga
Falkland Islands NigeriaTrinidad and Tobago
FijiPakistanTurks and Caicos
GhanaPapua New Guinea Tuvalu
GibraltarPitcairn IslandsUganda
GrenadaRwandaVanuatu
GuyanaSt Helena Virgin Islands ( British )
IndiaSt Kitts and NevisZambia
JamaicaSt Lucia Zimbabwe*
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