The UK Commonwealth Scholarships are awarded to brilliant persons who have the capacity to make a positive difference on a global scale. As part of the UK’s continuous commitment to the Commonwealth, around 800 students are granted the opportunity to pursue postgraduate degrees at UK institutions each year.
If you are from a Commonwealth country and feel you have what it takes to make a difference in the world but cannot afford to pay for your studies in the UK on your own, you may be a perfect candidate for a Commonwealth Scholarship.
How to Apply For UK Commonwealth Scholarships
Applications must be submitted using the CSC’s online application system, which is detailed in the ‘How to Apply section.
Prospective candidates will be requested to complete the following fields on the application form:
List all undergraduate and postgraduate university degrees earned (if applicable)
List up to ten publications and awards (if applicable)
Give details about your work experience and explain how each position relates to the degree you want to pursue in the UK (up to 100 words per employment)
Make a statement on how your past job experience relates to the proposed scholarship. (maximum of 300 words)
List the names and positions of three references who are qualified to remark on your ability to benefit from your intended scholarship in the UK as well as your ability to deliver development effect thereafter. Your present employer must be one of your referees.
Provide a four-part development impact statement. In the first section, describe how your proposed scholarship is related to:
- global, national, and local development concerns
- development concerns related to your selected CSC development subject and the broader sector (maximum of 200 words)
In the second section, you should describe how you intend to put your new talents to use once your scholarship is over (up to 100 words).
In the third section, you should indicate what you intend to change in terms of growth as a result of your Scholarship, including the goals you want to attain; the timetable for implementing them; who will be the recipients (up to 250 words)
In the fourth section, you should discuss how the impact of your effort may be best quantified (up to 100 words).
In addition, the application form will request that you:
Confirm your award goals and how the Scholarship program will meet each of them.
Confirm your goals for the following two years and how the Scholarship program will help you achieve them.
Confirm your long-term ambitions and how the Scholarship program will help you achieve them.
Provide a personal statement summarizing how your personal background has inspired you to wish to make a difference in your own nation. You should include areas where you have already made a difference, such as overcoming any personal or community challenges to your chosen vocation (up to 500 words).
Summarize your involvement in volunteer activities and the opportunities you’ve had to display leadership (up to 500 words).
To apply for the UK commonwealth scholarships, you must have fulfilled the requirements below:
You must be a citizen of an eligible Commonwealth nation or have been awarded refugee status by one, or you must be a British Protected Person.
To qualify, you must be a legal resident of a Commonwealth country.
Prepare to begin your academic studies in the UK before the start of the UK academic year in September 2022.
Hold a first degree with at least upper second-class (2:1) honors or a lower second-class (2:2) degree and an appropriate postgraduate diploma (typically a Master’s degree) before September 2022.
Not having studied or worked in a high-income nation for one (academic) year or more.
Top UK Commonwealth Scholarships
Commonwealth Scholarships are listed below.
- 2022 British High Commission Singapore Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships, UK
- Commonwealth Scholarships for Developing Commonwealth Countries
- Commonwealth Scholarships For Ph.D. And Split-Site (Ph.D.) Study–Developed Commonwealth Country Citizens
- Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowships
- Commonwealth Youth Council Poetry Competition for Applicants of Commonwealth Country
- Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships for Developing Commonwealth Countries
- 230 Fully-funded Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for Students from Developing Countries 2022
- Bangor University, Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for African Students 2022
- The University of the West of Scotland Commonwealth Shared Scholarship 2022
- University of Pretoria Commonwealth Doctoral Scholarship for International Students
- Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS) at Sheffield Hallam University 2022
- Fully Funded Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships In UK
- University of Exeter Commonwealth Shared Scholarship 2022
- USP Fully Funded Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships In The South Pacific, 2022
- Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships, At UK Universities 2022
- University of Birmingham Commonwealth Shared Scholarship 2022
- University of Warwick Commonwealth Shared Scholarship 2022
- Rhodes Scholarships at Oxford University for International Students 2022
- Queen’s University Belfast Scholarships for International Students 2022
- Adelaide Scholarships International (ASI) Australia for Masters & Doctoral Studies 2022
- Commonwealth Science Conference 2022
- Commonwealth Professional Fellowships
Countries That Are Eligible For The UK Commonwealth Scholarships
Please keep in mind that only candidates from the 23 countries listed below are eligible to apply for Commonwealth Shared Scholarships in 2022.
- Gambia (Gambia)
- Papua New Guinea
- Sierra Leone (SL)
- The Solomon Islands
- Sri Lanka
Annual application deadlines are generally in December. Check the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website for the page of the scholarship you’re interested in to discover when it will be announced for 2021/22.