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Commonwealth PhD Scholarships (for high income countries)

Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are for candidates from high income Commonwealth countries, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university.

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 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


To apply for these scholarships, you must:

    • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country
    • Show evidence that you are permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country. You must have lived in an eligible Commonwealth country for a period of 5 years for a continuous period within the last 10 years. If the CSC are unable to interpret this from your application, you will be contacted to provide further evidence.
    • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK between January to March 2020 (to be agreed by the CSC)
    • Hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree) by the time of submitting your scholarship application
    • Not be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university before October 2019
    • Not have commenced and be currently registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, in your home country or elsewhere
    • Hold an unconditional offer from your chosen university/universities listed on your CSC online application, at the point of being notified that you have been provisionally selected for an award by the CSC*
    • References from at least two individuals
    • A supporting statement from a proposed supervisor at one or more of the UK universities

    *When applying for this scholarship you should ensure that you have contacted your chosen university/universities to confirm you are able to secure admission between January-March 2020; please be aware that some universities may not offer January-March 2020 admission for some of their courses.

More information can be found directly on the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission website