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Scholarships and fellowships for students from Commonwealth countries: how to apply

These awards enable Commonwealth citizens to study for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in other countries: find out who is eligible and how to apply.

Overview

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is an international programme that awards scholarships and fellowships for postgraduate study and professional development. The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK supports around 800 awards every year.

Eligibility

If you are a citizen of a developed Commonwealth country, you can apply for:

  • scholarships for PhD or split-site (PhD) study at UK universities

If you are a citizen of a developing Commonwealth country, you can apply for:

  • scholarships for Master’s, PhD or split-site (PhD) study at UK universities
  • Shared Scholarships for Master’s study at selected UK universities
  • distance learning scholarships to study UK Master’s degree courses in your home country
  • Academic Fellowships for mid-career academics to spend time at UK universities
  • Professional Fellowships for mid-career professionals to spend time at a UK host organisation

If you are a citizen of the Falkland Islands, the Maldives, St Helena or the Seychelles, you can apply for:

  • scholarships for undergraduate study at UK universities

If you are a UK citizen, you can apply for:

  • scholarships and fellowships in other Commonwealth countries

Criteria for selection are academic excellence, development impact, and leadership potential.

How to apply

Visit the CSC website for application details

Funding

These awards are funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) (for developing Commonwealth countries), and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Scottish Government (for developed Commonwealth countries), in conjunction with UK universities.

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