Everything you need to know about CommonWealth Scholarship

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What is CommonWealth scholarship?

You need to know all about CommonWealth scholarships because you can have a chance in one of its many opportunities provided each year for motivated Commonwealth, developing and developed countries’ citizens.

You will be surprised on how diverse is CSC scholarships, you have to find yourself somewhere here.

CommonWealth Scholarship Commission in UK, CSC for short awards over 900 academic & professional scholarships and fellowships annually! In mostly all fields!

It is responsible for managing Britain’s contribution to the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP). Which is one of the largest and most prestigious scholarships for international study in the world!

CSFP was established in 1959! Seriously speaking, It is ancient!
It has history and time to develop and expand to cover all possibilities for international study for many countries in mostly all contents.
NB: More than 27,000 individuals have been benefited so far. That is quite of a number for scholarships awards, don’t you think?

 

CSC offers 7 main scholarships and fellowships to CommonWealth countries (That will be a long list with all needed info about each program), Check it out:

 

1.Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study.

About the scholarship:

Basically the Commission wishes to promote equal opportunity, gender equity and cultural exchange in higher education. The scholarship is provided for more than 50 developing CommonWealth countries around the world! Therefore applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates.

Eligibility:

  • You must be Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person.
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country.
    Link For: A full list of developing CW countries.
  • Be available to undertake your academic studies in the United Kingdom
    by the start of the UK academic year in September/October.
  • Hold, by October (of the applying year), a first degree of upper second class Honors standard (or above); or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification, which will normally be a Master’s degree.
Scholarship duration available:
  • Up to 12 months.
  • Up to 26 months.
Scholarship covers:
  • Airfare to and from UK.
  • Visa fees to UK.
  • Tuition and examination fees.
  • Allowance varies from £977 to £1,208 per month (Depends on the place of residence in UK).
  • A paid mid-term fare to their home country for Scholars on 36 months doctoral awards.

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2.Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships for PhD candidates.

About the scholarship:

This scholarship supports one year’s study at a UK university as part of a PhD being undertaken in a candidate’s home country, under the joint supervision of both the home country and UK supervisors.

The scholarship is provided for both:

  • developed (Australia, The Bahamas, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cyprus, Malta, and New Zealand).
  • developing CommonWealth countries.

Eligibility:

  • You must be Commonwealth citizen, refugee, British protected person.
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country or in a developed Commonwealth country.

Link For: A full list of developing CW countries.

  • Be available to undertake your academic studies in the United Kingdom
    by the start of the UK academic year in September/October.
  • Hold, by October (of applying year), a first degree of upper second class Honors standard (or above); or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification, which will normally be a Master’s degree.

Scholarship duration:

  • 12 month (can be taken at any stage during the PhD study) in the UK as part of their doctoral studies.

Scholarship covers:

  • Airfare to and from UK.
  • Visa fees to UK.
  • Tuition and examination fees.
  • Allowance varies from £977 to £1,208 per month (Depends on the place of residence in UK).

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3.Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for Master’s study.

About the scholarship:

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are a joint initiative between the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and UK universities, to support scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK.

Shared Scholarships are offered on an annual basis for Master’s study only.

Eligibility:

  • You must be Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person.
  •  Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country

           Link for: A full list of developing CW countries.

  •  Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October.
  •  Hold, by October (of the applying year), a first degree of at least upper second class Honors standard
  •  Not have undertaken studies lasting one year or more in a developed country.
  •  The inability to pay to study in the UK yourself, or through your family.

Scholarship duration available:

  • *Usually one-year only.

Scholarship covers:

  • Airfare to and from UK.
  • Visa to UK.
  • Tuition and examination fees.
  • Allowance varies from £977 to £1,208 per month (Depends on the place of residence in UK).
  • A grant of £200 for expenses for approved study travel within the UK or overseas.
  • Excess baggage allowance for up to 10 kilograms of books only, when returning home.

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4.Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships for Master’s study.

About the scholarship:

The scholarship offers the opportunity for you to study for a UK Master’s degree while living and working in your home country. It is more like scholarship delivery ! nearly 1,000 Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships have been awarded so far.

Eligibility:

  •  You must be a citizen of a developing Commonwealth country, refugees or British protected persons AND be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country.
           Link for: A full list of developing CW countries.
  • Normally hold a first degree of upper second-class standard, or higher qualification. In certain cases, we will consider a lower qualification and sufficient relevant experience.

Scholarship duration available:

  • Varies.

Scholarship covers:

  • Delivery of the course.
  • Associated quality assurance.

 

5.Commonwealth Academic Fellowships for mid-career academic staff.

About the fellowship:

Commonwealth Academic Fellowships are offered to early career academics from developing Commonwealth countries, to enable them to spend between three and ten months undertaking research and updating their skills at a UK university.

Eligibility:

  • You must be Commonwealth a citizen, refugee, or British protected person.
  •  Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country.
           Link for: A full list of developing CW countries.
  •  Be employed by a university in a developing Commonwealth country.
  •  Be available to commence your Fellowship in the United Kingdom on 1 October (of the applying year).
  •  Have been awarded your PhD between two and ten years prior to October (of the applying year).
  •  Not have held a previous Commonwealth Academic Fellowship within five years.

Scholarship duration available:

  • Between three and ten months.

Scholarship covers:

  • Airfare to and from UK.
  • Visa to UK (if applicable).
  • Research support grant according to selected subject.
  • Personal allowance between £1,563 and £1,938 per month (Depends on the place of residence in UK).
  • A grant for expenses for approved travel within the United Kingdom or overseas.

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6.Commonwealth Professional Fellowships for mid-career professionals.

About the fellowship:

Commonwealth Professional Fellowships support mid-career professionals from developing Commonwealth countries to spend a period of time with a UK host organization working in their field for a program of professional development.

The CSC accepts applications for Professional Fellowships only from organizations in the UK that have set up a program and identified a Fellow or Fellows who they wish to nominate. The CSC does not accept direct applications from candidates and cannot provide a list of UK organizations that are willing to host Fellows.

Link For: List of organizations previously participated in providing fellowships

Eligibility:

  • You must be Commonwealth citizen, refugee or British protected person.
  •  Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country.
           Link for: A full list of developing CW countries.
  •  Normally have at least five years’ relevant work experience in a profession related to the subject of the application, by the proposed start of the Fellowship.
  •  Be available to start their Fellowship within the dates as stated.
  •  Not have undertaken a Commonwealth Professional Fellowship in the last five years.
  •  Not be seeking to start an academic program of research or study in the UK. But only to undertake programs of academic management, not research or courses relevant to their research subject.

Fellowship duration available:

  •  Varies.

Fellowship covers:

  • Airfare to and from UK.
  • Visa fees to UK.
  • Monthly living allowance between £1,563 and £1,938 per month (Depends on the place of residence in UK).
  • An arriving allowance up to £878.17.
  • A flat rate contribution of £800.
  • Fees for any conferences or short courses attended during the period of the Fellowship (Up to £3,000).

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7. Commonwealth Medical Fellowships for mid-career medical and dental staff.

About the fellowship:

Commonwealth Medical Fellowships (Enhancing Clinical Skills) are offered to doctors and dentists from developing Commonwealth countries to enable them to spend between three and six months at a UK hospital and start a program designed to enhance their clinical skills

Eligibility:

  • You must be Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person.
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country.

          Link for: A full list of developing CommonWealth countries.

  • Be employed by a hospital officially attached to a university which is eligible to nominate candidates to the Commission.
  • Be available to start your Medical Fellowship in the United Kingdom on 1 October (of the applying year).
  • Have qualified as either a doctor or dentist between 1 October 2005 and 30 September 2008 (experience of three years), or before 1 October 2000.

Fellowship duration available:

  • Between three and six months.

Fellowship covers:

  • Airfare to and from UK.
  • Visa fees to UK.
  • Monthly living allowance between £1,563 and £1,938 per month (Depends on the place of residence in UK).
  • Research support grant.
  • A grant for expenses for approved travel within the United Kingdom or overseas.
  • Arrival allowance.
  • Reimbursement of the fee for a single English language test and of the fee for GMC/GDC registration.

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The 2016 applications for all scholarships and fellowships mentioned above will be available by August 2015. Stick around..

 

 

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