Applications are invited for Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships to study for a UK Master’s degree while living and working in the home country. Students from developing commonwealth countries can apply for these scholarships.
Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship is one of the largest and most prestigious scholarship schemes for international study in the world. 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.
All expressions of interest must meet the CSC’s overall funding cap of £18,000 per scholarship. This figure must cover all elements of the award, including tuition fees, grants to recipients, applicable partnership development costs, and any UK residential programmes. If the actual costs of delivering the course are higher than £18,000, the university must clearly identify the source of top up funding in its expression of interest, and any subsequent proposal. Funding is available for five years from the start of an approved programme.
To apply for these scholarships, applicants must:
- Be a citizen of a developing Commonwealth country, refugee, or British protected person
- Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
- Hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard. A lower qualification and sufficient relevant experience may be considered in certain cases
Eligible Regions: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Rwanda, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Virgin Islands (British), Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The application cycle for Distance Learning Scholarships has three stages:
- The CSC invites expressions of interest from UK Universities for Distance Learning Scholarships (AugustSeptember).
- The CSC invites formal proposals from shortlisted universities, deciding which courses to select and how many scholarships to allocate to each course (November-January).
- The CSC selects candidates for Distance Learning Scholarships from a shortlist of candidates nominated by each university following its own recruitment process (February-July) Expressions of interest and proposals from universities and applications from candidates must be made using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS).
Application Deadline: June 18, 2017 (1 Day Remaining)