Commonwealth PhD Scholarship Scheme

Description

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 2020 or January 2021 (to be agreed by the CSC)
  • By October 2020, 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 2020
  • 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/regions

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

Eligible programmes

Value

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 2020 Commonwealth PhD Scholarships is available on the Commonwealth website.

Please see the Commonwealth PhD Scholarships website for more information.