The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission has just announced its application process for scholars wishing to study in UK universities for Master’s and PhD degrees from the 2014-15 academic year . Its Electronic Application System is now live, and will close on 3rd December 2013. All applications need to be made through national nominating agencies – full details of which are available on the Commission’s website. Summary details of the application process taken directly from the Commission’s site are given below:
Commonwealth Scholarships – developing Commonwealth country citizens
Commonwealth Scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries are offered for Master’s, PhD, and split-site (PhD) study in the UK. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
There is a nominating agency for Commonwealth Scholarships in each Commonwealth country. In addition, universities and university bodies in a number of developing Commonwealth countries are invited to nominate candidates to the CSC.
- National nominating agencies invited to nominate candidates, including contact details
- Universities/university bodies invited to nominate candidates for split-site (PhD) study
- Universities/university bodies invited to nominate their own academic staff for Master’s, PhD, and split-site (PhD) study
Each year, the CSC invites each nominating agency/university/university body to forward a specific number of nominations. Each nominating agency/university/university body is responsible for its own selection process, and in most cases they will set their own closing date, which will be before the CSC’s deadline for nominations (17 December 2013).
Approximately 300 scholarships are awarded each year. The CSC invites around three times more nominations than scholarships available – therefore, nominated candidates are not guaranteed to get a scholarship. There are no quotas for scholarships for any individual country. Candidates nominated by national nominating agencies are in competition with those nominated by universities/university bodies, and the same standards will be applied to applications made through either channel.
Terms and conditions and eligibility
- Commonwealth Scholarships 2014 prospectus – includes full terms and conditions (please note in particular the eligibility criteria)
- Additional requirements for awards to enhance clinical skills in medicine and dentistry
Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:
- Academic merit of the candidate
- Quality of the proposal
- Likely impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country
See Selection criteria – 2014 Commonwealth Scholarships for developing Commonwealth country citizens for further details.
Please note that the CSC does not impose any age limit on applicants for its awards, but national nominating agencies may do so in line with their own priorities.
Candidates may also find the Feedback for unsuccessful candidates in 2013 useful.
Levels of study
You can apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship for the following levels of study:
- Master’s (one-year courses only)
- Split-site, where the CSC supports one year’s study at a UK university as part of a PhD being undertaken in your home country
All subject areas are eligible, although the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to applications that demonstrate strong relevance to development.
You are requested to apply for a course of study at a UK university with which the CSC has a part funding agreement.
How to apply
All applications must be made through your nominating agency (or university/university body, if applicable) in your home country. You must check with them in the first instance for specific advice on how to make an application and for their own closing date. The CSC cannot accept any applications direct from candidates.
The CSC expects all Commonwealth Scholarship candidates to be nominated by an approved nominating agency/university/university body, and to have completed an application form using our Electronic Application System (EAS).
Full help on how to apply using the EAS is provided in our guides, which should be read in full before making any attempt to use the EAS.
The EAS will close to applicants on 3 December 2013 and no further applications can be made after that date. The CSC will not accept any applications which are not submitted via the EAS to the nominating agency/university/university body in the candidate’s home country.
Please note that all enquiries about these scholarships should be directed to the nominating agency/university/university body in your home country.