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Commonwealth Scholarships For Masters and PhD 2023-2024

Applications are open to apply for Commonwealth Scholarship For Masters and PhD in UK 2023-2024. Commonwealth Scholarships are for students from low and middle-income Commonwealth countries, its purpose is to support talented individuals to acquire the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development. This is a fully-funded scholarship opportunity for students from commonwealth countries to study in universities or Higher Education Institutions in the UK for Masters and Ph.D. programs. The duration of a Master’s degree 2 years and PhD degree is 4 years.

Commonwealth Postgraduate Scholarship in the UK is funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and it is a unique opportunity to study for Masters and Ph.D. degrees in the low or middle-income country of the Commonwealth. Candidates can apply to all the top universities in the UK under Commonwealth Scholarship. Monthly stipend is given to cover living expenses of students, travel allowance, Accommodation, Research grant, Free Cloths, Family and other perks are given to the selected scholar.

Through cultural exchange and academic collaboration, Commonwealth Scholars help bring about positive change and find solutions to the shared challenges we face, both in their home countries and those that host them. As an active part of the Commonwealth network, scholars will help shape its future.
Fully funded scholarships by UK Government Chevening Scholarship for International Students


CountryUnited Kingdom (UK)
OrganizationThe Association of Commonwealth Universities
Financial CoverageFully Funded
Scholarships forCommonwealth Member Countries
Degree LevelMasters, PhD
Deadline17 October 2023
Commonwealth Scholarships details

Commonwealth Member Countries list

For Masters

Only students from following commonwealth member countries are eligible to apply for Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships,

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bangladesh
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Cameroon
  • Dominica
  • Eswatini
  • Fiji
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Montserrat
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • St Helena
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Tanzania
  • The Gambia
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia

Apply for Fully Funded Scholarships at Cambridge University Gates Cambridge Scholarship

For PhD

Students from following countries can apply for PhD studies under Commonwealth scholarship program,

  • Bangladesh
  • Cameroon
  • The Gambia
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Rwanda
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tanzania
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Zambia 

Universities List

Universities who have signed MOU with Common Wealth Commission are eligible for Commonwealth scholarship for Masters, PhD and Split-Site Scholarship. Following are the list of universities under Common Wealth Scholarship,

UniversitiesOfficial Link
Aberystwyth UniversityAberystwyth University
Aston UniversityAston University
Bangor UniversityBangor University
Bishop Grosseteste UniversityBishop Grosseteste University
Bath Spa UniversityBath Spa University
Birkbeck, University of LondonBirkbeck, University of London
Bournemouth UniversityBournemouth University
Brunel University LondonBrunel University London
Cardiff UniversityCardiff University
City, University of LondonCity, University of London
Coventry UniversityCoventry University
Cranfield UniversityCranfield University
De Montfort UniversityDe Montfort University
Durham UniversityDurham University
Edinburgh Napier UniversityEdinburgh Napier University
Glasgow Caledonian UniversityGlasgow Caledonian University
Goldsmiths, University of LondonGoldsmiths, University of London
Harper Adams UniversityHarper Adams University
Heriot-Watt UniversityHeriot-Watt University
Imperial College LondonImperial College London
Keele UniversityKeele University
King’s College LondonKing’s College London
Kingston UniversityKingston University
Lancaster UniversityLancaster University
Leeds Beckett UniversityLeeds Beckett University
Liverpool Hope UniversityLiverpool Hope University
Liverpool John Moores UniversityLiverpool John Moores University
Liverpool School of Tropical MedicineLiverpool School of Tropical Medicine
London School of Economics and Political ScienceLondon School of Economics and Political Science
London School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
London South Bank UniversityLondon South Bank University
Loughborough UniversityLoughborough University
Manchester Metropolitan UniversityManchester Metropolitan University
Newcastle UniversityNewcastle University
Northumbria UniversityNorthumbria University
Nottingham Trent UniversityNottingham Trent University
Open UniversityOpen University
Oxford Brookes UniversityOxford Brookes University
Plymouth UniversityPlymouth University
Queen Mary, University of LondonQueen Mary, University of London
Queen’s University BelfastQueen’s University Belfast
Robert Gordon UniversityRobert Gordon University
Royal Agricultural UniversityRoyal Agricultural University
Royal Holloway, University of LondonRoyal Holloway, University of London
Royal Veterinary CollegeRoyal Veterinary College
Sheffield Hallam UniversitySheffield Hallam University
SOAS, University of LondonSOAS, University of London
St George’s, University of LondonSt George’s, University of London
Swansea UniversitySwansea University
Teesside UniversityTeesside University
Ulster UniversityUlster University
University College LondonUniversity College London
University of AberdeenUniversity of Aberdeen
University of BathUniversity of Bath
University of BirminghamUniversity of Birmingham
University of BradfordUniversity of Bradford
University of BrightonUniversity of Brighton
University of BristolUniversity of Bristol
University of CambridgeUniversity of Cambridge
University of Central LancashireUniversity of Central Lancashire
University of ChesterUniversity of Chester
University of DundeeUniversity of Dundee
University of East AngliaUniversity of East Anglia
University of EdinburghUniversity of Edinburgh
University of EssexUniversity of Essex
University of ExeterUniversity of Exeter
University of GlasgowUniversity of Glasgow
University of GreenwichUniversity of Greenwich
University of HertfordshireUniversity of Hertfordshire
University of HuddersfieldUniversity of Huddersfield
University of HullUniversity of Hull
University of KentUniversity of Kent
University of LeedsUniversity of Leeds
University of LeicesterUniversity of Leicester
University of LincolnUniversity of Lincoln
University of LiverpoolUniversity of Liverpool
University of ManchesterUniversity of Manchester
University of NorthamptonUniversity of Northampton
University of NottinghamUniversity of Nottingham
University of OxfordUniversity of Oxford
University of PortsmouthUniversity of Portsmouth
University of ReadingUniversity of Reading
University of RoehamptonUniversity of Roehampton
University of St AndrewsUniversity of St Andrews
University of SalfordUniversity of Salford
University of SheffieldUniversity of Sheffield
University of SouthamptonUniversity of Southampton
University of StirlingUniversity of Stirling
University of StrathclydeUniversity of Strathclyde
University of SurreyUniversity of Surrey
University of SussexUniversity of Sussex
University of the West of EnglandUniversity of the West of England
University of WarwickUniversity of Warwick
University of WestminsterUniversity of Westminster
University of West LondonUniversity of West London
University of the West of ScotlandUniversity of the West of Scotland
University of WolverhamptonUniversity of Wolverhampton
University of WorcesterUniversity of Worcester
University of YorkUniversity of York
commonwealth scholarship universities

Scholarship Themes

Commonwealth scholarships are awarded under following six development themes, keeping in view to contribute to sustainable development in your home countries,

  • Science and technology for development
  • Strengthening health systems and capacity
  • Promoting global prosperity
  • Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  • Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  • Access, inclusion and opportunity

Benefits and Coverage:

Commonwealth Postgraduate Scholarships offers following

  • Full Tuition Fees.
  • Living Expenses Allowance (Stipend) at the rate of rate of £1,133 per month, or £1,390 per month for the duration of the award.
  • Accommodation Allowance
  • Warm clothing allowance
  • Return Economy Flights to their host Country.
  • Study related travel allowance
  • An Arrival Allowance.
  • Research Support Grant – on request only; subject to approval.
  • Child allowance of for windowed, divorced or single parent worth £485 per month for the first child, and £120 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16.
  • Disability allowance
  • Paid mid term leave

Eligibility Criteria and Requirements:

Following are the application requirements for Commonwealth scholarships,

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September 2022
  • By September 2021, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree (2:2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree). The CSC would not normally fund a second UK Master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you will need to provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study.
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
  • Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format

Looking for more scholarships in UK? Apply for Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University

Required Documents:

  • Proof that you are a citizen or have refugee status of an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Transcript and certificates.
  • Two references – preferably academic.
  • Scan of passport or national ID card.
  • Proof of English language ability if English is not your first language.


Application for the year 2023-2024 will open from 1st September and the deadline for Commonwealth Scholarships For Masters and PhD is 17 October 2023.

How to Apply

  • You cannot apply directly for Commonwealth Scholarships, Applications are only accepted from nominating agencies
  • Either apply through country’s National Nominating Agencies or through Selected non-governmental organizations and charitable bodies
  • These nominating agencies have their own selection criteria

Apply For Masters

Apply for PhD

Commonwealth Nominating Agencies

You have to apply through a National nominating Agencies of a country or through selected  non-governmental organisations and charitable bodies .

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  1. The process of selecting awardees in developing nations of the commonwealth is devastating and rapidly killing the target of the commonwealth, because the nominating agencies for example, the Ministry of Technical and Higher Education in Sierra Leone is so bias in their selection process.
    I suggest an international nominating agency be selected to check the awardees and possibly access MTHE data base for qualified applicants who have been segregated due to their inablility to meeting the price of the scholarship stated by MTHE.


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