The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK is offering the Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships for PhD Students in the UK for the 2023/24 academic session.
Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development. They are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK. It offers PhD scholars studying at eligible universities across the Commonwealth the opportunity to conduct research at an institute in the UK for 12 months.
Worth of Award
Each Scholarship provides:
- Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award.
- Full fees are covered by agreement between the CSC and the UK university, and Scholars are not liable to pay for any part of the tuition fee
- Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,236 per month, or £1,516 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at current levels)
- Warm clothing allowance, where applicable
- Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
- If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, you will receive child allowance of £529 per month for the first child. You will also receive £131 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16. This is if you are accompanied by your children and they are living with you at the same address in the UK
To apply for these Scholarships, prospective Scholars must be:
- citizens of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be British Protected Persons
- permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
- registered for a PhD at a university in an eligible Commonwealth country by the time your Scholarship starts (September 2023)
- available to start your academic studies in the UK in September 2023
- September 2023, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard. That or a lower second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
- unable to afford to study in the UK without this Scholarship
How to Apply
In the application form, candidates are asked to:
- List all undergraduate and postgraduate university qualifications obtained
- List up to 10 publications and prizes
- Provide details of employment history and explain how each job is relevant to the programme to be undertaken in the UK
- Provide a statement on how previous work experience is relevant to the proposed Scholarship
- List names and positions of three referees who are qualified to comment on both the candidate’s capacity to benefit from the proposed Scholarship in the UK. One of your referees must be a current employer (if applicable)
- Provide a Development Impact statement in 4 parts.
Deadline: The closing date for applications, including all supporting documentation, is March 2, 2023 at 16:00 GMT.