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 a grant up 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.

All applications must be submitted by 23:59 (BST) on 22 May 2018 at the latest.

In your application, you must provide the following supporting documentation:

  • Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications (with certified translations if not in English)
  • Unconditional offer(s) from your chosen university/universities (a conditional offer with only a financial condition is acceptable)
  • Proof that you are a citizen of an eligible Commonwealth country: a copy of your passport or birth certificate

You must provide the following supporting documentation to be received by the CSC by 16.00 (BST) on 30 May 2018:

  • References from at least two individuals
  • A supporting statement from a proposed supervisor at one or more of the UK universities named on your application form

If this documentation is not provided by the dates specified above, your application will be considered ineligible.


Please see the Commonwealth PhD Scholarships website for more information.