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Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships for Developing Countries

The Department for International Development is honoured to announce the Commonwealth Masters Scholarships for international students who are citizens of Commonwealth Developing Countries. This award is offered annually.

Commonwealth Master's Scholarships

Scholarship Description

Commonwealth Scholarships for Masters study in the UK are offered to citizens of developing Commonwealth countries who are seeking to take their Master’s degrees in the United Kingdom. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).


Host Institution(s)

You should apply to study at a UK university which has a part funding agreement with the CSC. View a full list of UK universities with part funding agreements

Worth of Scholarship

Each Commonwealth Masters Scholarships provides airfare to and from the United Kingdom, tuition and examination fees, stipend, thesis grant (if applicable), an initial arrival allowance, among others. Please see the 2018 Commonwealth Scholarship Terms and Conditions for full scholarship benefits.

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Level and Field(s) of study

Masters Degree Programme under six options:

  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

Number of Scholarships

Not specified

Eligible Applicants

Citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country,

Eligibility for Commonwealth Masters Scholarships

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 2020

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• By October 2020, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honors standard, or a second class degree and relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree). 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

• Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

• Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format

How to Apply for Commonwealth Masters Scholarships

The CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships. All applications must be made through one of these nominating bodies: national nominating agencies (this is the main route of application) or selected non-governmental organizations and charitable bodies.

Each nominating body is responsible for its own selection process. You must check with your nominating body for their specific advice and rules for applying, their own eligibility criteria, and their own closing date for applications.

You must make your application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS), in addition to any other application form that you are required to complete by your nominating body.  The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the online application system.

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All applications must be submitted by 16:00 (GMT) on 30 October 2019 at the latest and must include the supporting documentation (refer to the website) by 16:00 (GMT) on 20 November 2019.

It is important to read the 2020 Commonwealth Scholarship and Conditions and visit the official website (link found below) to access the EAS system and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.


Official Scholarship Website:


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