Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships is now open for Applications

Deadline: 30 October 2019

Applications are invited to apply for Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships to contribute to development needs of Commonwealth countries by providing training for skilled and qualified professionals and academics, and to contribute to UK higher education and foreign policy aims by encouraging collaboration and links.
Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.

Thematic Areas
Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships are offered under six themes:

  • Science and technology for development
  • The scholarship, which may be in any area of science or technology (including, for example, agriculture,veterinary science, or forestry), will develop knowledge and/or skills that are directly related to the specific needs of a low or middle income country. Where possible, applications should cite expressed national or local priorities.
  • Strengthening health systems and capacity
  • The scholarship will develop knowledge and/or skills that will improve health provision or outcomes for disadvantaged groups in low and middle income countries. A range of approaches could be adopted, such as training staff to fill critical shortage areas; establishing better systems, processes, or management; health promotion and improving understanding of non-take up; or developing new treatments.
  • Promoting global prosperity
  • The scholarship will support economic prosperity in low and middle income countries. The knowledge and/or skills gained could lead to, for example, enhanced trade capacity; improved economic understanding or decision-making by business or government; new products and services; or long-term capacity building, through the development of entrepreneurial skills, for instance.
  • Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  • The scholarship will develop knowledge and/or skills that will strengthen peace and security at national, regional, or international levels. Multiple approaches could be used, such as strengthening open and transparent governance; improving mutual understanding within and between societies; or building systems that reduce the potential for conflict or encourage its resolution.
  • Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  • The scholarship will develop knowledge and/or skills which will help low and middle countries adapt to changing contexts, withstand sudden shocks, or increase capacity to preserve the continuity of operations following such events. This could apply to a broad range of threats, including natural and physical disasters; long-term threats such as climate change; interruptions to the supply of key resources; or sudden economic or technological disruption.
  • Access, inclusion and opportunity
  • The scholarship will develop knowledge and/or skills that will promote opportunity amongst historically disadvantaged groups in low and middle income countries. This could be through, for example, expanding educational opportunities; conducting community outreach; enhancing access to decision-making; or increasing understanding of the barriers faced. A range of disadvantage can be addressed – including social, economic, gender, ethnic, regional, or political – provided that the need is clearly stated.

Eligibility Criteria
To apply for these scholarships, Applicants must:

  • 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 their academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2020;
  • By September 2020, hold a first degree of at least upper second class honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree). The CSC would not normally fund a second UK Master’s degree. If they are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, they will need to provide justification as to why they 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.

Selection Criteria
Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:

  • Academic merit of the Candidate;
  • Quality of the plan of study;
  • Potential impact on the development of the candidate’s home country.

How to Apply

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