The Commonwealth PhD Scholarships for least developed countries and fragile states invites applications for from candidates from least developed countries and fragile states in the Commonwealth, to undertake full-time doctoral study at a UK university.
Funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), 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 development themes:
1. Science and technology for development
2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
3. Promoting global prosperity
4. Strengthening global peace, security and governance
5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
6. Access, inclusion and opportunity
Worth of Award
Each scholarship provides:
- 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 of £1,116 per month, or £1,369 per month for
those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2020-2021
- Warm clothing allowance, where applicable.
- Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or
- Provision towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas (the cost of one
economy class return airfare to your fieldwork location), where approved.
- Paid mid-term visit (airfare) to your home country (unless you have claimed (or
intend to claim) spouse and/or child allowances during your scholarship, or have
received a return airfare to your home country for fieldwork).
- Family allowances, as follows (rates quoted at 2020-2021 levels).
- If you are accompanied by your spouse but no children: spouse allowance of
£240 per month for a maximum period of nine months, if you and your spouse
are living together at the same address in the UK (unless your spouse is also
in receipt of a scholarship; other conditions also apply).
- If you are accompanied by your spouse and children: spouse allowance of
£240 per month and child allowance of £240 per month for the first child, and
£118 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if your
spouse and children are living with you at the same address in the UK (unless
your spouse is also in receipt of a scholarship; other conditions also apply).
- If you are accompanied by your children but no spouse: child allowance of
£480 per month for the first child, and £118 per month for the second and
third child under the age of 16, if your children are living with you at the same
address in the UK.
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 2021
- By September 2021, 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 (a Master’s degree)
- NOT be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university before September 2021
- NOT have commenced and been currently registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, in your home country or elsewhere
- Have the support of a potential supervisor from at least one UK university listed in your application form
- Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format
- Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
How to Apply
When applying for Commonwealth PhD Scholarships, you must apply to one of the following nominating bodies in the first instance – the CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships:
- National nominating agencies – this is the main route of application
- Selected universities/university bodies, which can nominate their own academic staff
- Selected non-governmental organisations and charitable bodies
You are advised to complete and submit your application as soon as possible, as the online application system will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline.
Your application must include all the required supporting documentation, by 16:00 (GMT) on 1 February 2021 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration.
Deadline: All applications must be submitted with all mandatory fields completed by 16:00 (GMT) on 18 January 2021 at the latest.