The University of Sussex invites applications for the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission in UK for the 2018 academic year. The university has recently signed an agreement with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and is accepting applications for Developing Country Commonwealth Scholarships for September 2018.

Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are for candidates from low and middle-income Commonwealth countries, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth PhD 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. These scholarships are offered under six themes:

  • Science and technology for development
  • Strengthening health systems and capacity
  • Promoting global prosperity
  • Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  • Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  • Access, inclusion and opportunity
Worth of Award

The award will cover full overseas PhD tuition fees, a stipend, return travel to UK, Research Support Grant + fieldwork costs


To apply for these scholarships, you 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 your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2018
  • 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
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
How to Apply

You will need to apply for a place at the University of Sussex as well as applying to a Commonwealth scholarship.

  •  To apply for a place at Sussex please submit a formal application using the online application system
  • The following documents must be submitted with your application
  • CV
  • degree transcripts and certificates
  • statement of interest clearly stating the project title and name of the supervisor
  • names of two academic referees
  • valid IELTS certificate (if non-UK)

Deadline: applications close by midnight,  February 22, 2018.

Click here for more details and to apply