Applications are currently open for the Commonwealth Masters Scholarships for Students from lower and upper-middle-income Commonwealth Countries for the 2021/22 academic year.
The CSC aims to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make a change. It is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination and encourages applications from a diverse range of candidates.
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 £1,133 per month, or £1,390 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2021-2022 levels).
- 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 you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of £485 per month for the first child, and £120 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if you are accompanied by your children and they are living with you at the same address in the UK (rates quoted at 2021-2022 levels).
- If you declare a disability, a full assessment of your needs and eligibility for additional financial support will be offered by the CSC. The CSC’s family allowances are intended to only be used as a contribution towards the cost of maintaining your family in the UK. The true costs are likely to be considerably higher. You must be able to supplement these allowances to support any family members who come to the UK with you.
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.
- permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country.
- available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September 2022.
- unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship.
You must also
- have provided all supporting documentation in the required format.
- hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree (2:2) and relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree) by September 2022. 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.
How to Apply
You must submit a list of supporting documentation to ensure that your application is eligible. You must have:
- Proof that you are a citizen or have refugee status of an eligible Commonwealth country: a copy of your valid passport (or national ID card) showing your photograph, date of birth, and country of citizenship uploaded to the online application system.
- Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications including to-date transcripts for any qualifications you are currently studying (with certified translations if not in English) – uploaded to the online application system.
- References from at least two individuals – submitted directly by the referees to the online application system (referees will be sent an email request to submit online).
Deadline: Applications must be submitted on November 1, 2021, at 16:00 (GMT).