Commonwealth PhD Scholarship Scheme


Funded by the UK Department for Education (DfE), these scholarships support excellence in UK higher education and sustain the principles of the Commonwealth. Candidates will be selected based on their potential to lead in the pursuit of global excellence in research and knowledge, as well as academic merit and the quality of their plan of study.


To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country
  • 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/October 2018 or January 2019 (to be agreed by the CSC)
  • By October 2018, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
  • Not be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university before September/October 2018
  • Hold an unconditional offer from your chosen university/universities by the time you submit your scholarship application (a conditional offer with only a financial condition is acceptable)

Eligible Countries

  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Cyprus
  • Malta
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • Trinidad and Tobago

Eligible Programmes


The scholarship will cover the full tuition and a monthly stipend including air fares to and from the UK, grant to cover thesis costs and study travel.

How to apply

You must make your application directly to the CSC using the CSC’s application system. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via its application system.

Information on 2019 Commonwealth PhD Scholarships will be available on the CSC website in October 2018.

Please see the Commonwealth PhD Scholarships website for more information.