Commonwealth 2024 Masters Scholarships for Low-Income Countries
The UK Government, via the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), is inviting qualified individuals to apply for the fully funded Commonwealth Masters Scholarships for the 2024-25 academic year. These scholarships offer the opportunity to pursue postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom.
This scholarship provides full financial support for students hailing from low and middle-income countries within the Commonwealth network to pursue a full-time Master’s degree program in the United Kingdom. Typically, candidates are selected through nominating organizations, and applicants are advised to carefully adhere to the provided application instructions.
The Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships are financially supported by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). These scholarships are designed to empower talented and driven individuals, providing them with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and expertise necessary for sustainable development. They are specifically intended for those who would not have the means to pursue higher education in the United Kingdom otherwise.
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Scholarship Sponsor(s): Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).
Scholarships to be taken at: Universities in the UK.
Scholarship Type: Fully Funded Scholarships.
Scholarship level: Masters Study Programs.
Scholarship Worth: Please see scholarship value and benefits within
Nationality: Commonwealth countries
Requirement and Eligibility Criteria for the Commonwealth Masters Scholarships:
- 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 your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2024
- By September 2024, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree (2:2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree). The CSC would not normally fund a second UK Master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you will need to provide justification as to why you wish 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
- Candidates will need to present proof English Language ability.
- Country/Candidate Eligibility: Applicants should be from any of these commonwealth countries; Antigua and Barbuda; Bangladesh; Belize; Botswana; Cameroon; Dominica; Eswatini; Fiji; Ghana; Grenada; Guyana; India; Jamaica; Kenya; Kiribati; Lesotho; Malawi; Malaysia; Mauritius; Montserrat; Mozambique; Namibia; Nauru; Nigeria; Pakistan; Papua New Guinea; Rwanda; Samoa; Sierra Leone; Solomon Islands; South Africa; Sri Lanka; St Helena; St Lucia; St Vincent and the Grenadines; Tanzania; The Gambia; Tonga; Tuvalu; Uganda; Vanuatu and Zambia.
Benefits for the Commonwealth Masters Scholarships:
- Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependants, nor the cost of journeys made before your award is confirmed)
- Approved tuition fees.
- Stipend (living allowance) at the rate o £1,347 per month, or £1,652 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area.
- Warm clothing allowance, where applicable Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable
- Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas.
- If a Scholar has children and is widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of child allowance of £576.61 per month for the first child, and £143 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if their children are living with them at the same address in the UK.
- Note that candidates will be selected through nominating bodies and applications will be generally 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
Application Procedures for the Commonwealth Masters Scholarships (How to Apply):
Individuals interested and meeting the eligibility criteria for the Commonwealth Masters Scholarships for the 2024/25 academic year must follow a specific application process:
- Submit your application to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) using their online application system.
- Additionally, applicants must apply through a nominating agency. There are two types of nominating agencies for Master’s scholarships:
- National nominating agencies: This is the primary application route.
- Selected non-governmental organizations and charitable bodies.
- All applications must be routed through one of these nominating bodies. Each nominating body has its own selection process and may impose additional eligibility requirements. Therefore, it is crucial to check with your nominating body for specific guidance, application rules, eligibility criteria, and application deadlines.
- You must complete your application using the CSC’s online application system. The CSC strictly accepts applications submitted via this online platform.
It’s important to note that the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) does not charge any fees to candidates for applying through their online application system, and they do not charge organizations for nominating candidates.
Application Deadline: 17 October, 2023
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