PhD and split-site (PhD) study: Developed Commonwealth Countries

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK
Study in:UK
Deadline: 15 February 2018

Commonwealth Scholarships for PhD and split-site PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developed Commonwealth countries. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Eligible counties:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bangladesh
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Cameroon
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Montserrat
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • St Helena
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia

Disciplines: All subject areas are eligible, although the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to applications that demonstrate the strongest potential for strategic impact.

Location: tenable only at UK universities with which the CSC has a joint funding agreement.


  • Applicant must be a citizen of or refugee in above mentioned countries and be permanently resident in one of these countries
  • Applicant must be available to start academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2017
  • Applicant must (by October 2017) hold a first degree of at least upper IInd class (2:1) honours standard, or a IInd class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
  • Applicant must be (if you are applying for split-site (PhD) study), be registered for a PhD at a university in your home country

How to apply:

  • Applicant must make application directly to the CSC using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS). Following supporting documentation to be submitted:
  • Academic transcripts
  • Unconditional offer(s) from chosen university/universities (a conditional offer with only a financial condition is acceptable)
  • Citizenship proof: a copy of passport or birth certificate
  • References from at least two individuals: If applying for PhD study, supporting statement from a proposed supervisor in the UK from at least one of the universities named on your application form. If applying for split-site (PhD) study, supporting statements from both home and prospective UK supervisors.
——————Quick Overview————-
Organization Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK
Fellowship Level Doctoral
Country UK
Subject areas All disciplines
Fellowship amount Varies
Eligibility Open to developed commonwealth countries
Deadline 15 February 2018

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