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Commonwealth Masters Scholarships 2021

Commonwealth Masters Scholarships is open for applications from individuals from developing nations, low and middle-income Commonwealth nations, for full-time Master’s degree program at a UK university in 2021.

Financed by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Masters Scholarships empower gifted and driven persons to acquire the knowledge and skills needed for sustainable growth, and are targeted at those who could not otherwise meet the expense of study in the UK.

Worth of Commonwealth Masters Scholarships

Each scholarship award offers:

  • Approved ticket price from your home nation to the UK and return at the conclusion of your award (the CSC will not refund the expense of fares for dependent relative, nor the expense of journeys made before your award is verified)
  • Approved tuition fees
  • Allowance (living stipend) at the rate of £1,116 each month, or £1,369 each month for those at schools located in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2020-2021 levels)
  • Warm clothing stipend, where applicable
  • Thesis award towards the expense of writing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable
  • Study travel award towards the expense of study-related travel within the UK or abroad
  • If you are widowed, a single parent, or divorced, child stipend of £480 each month for the first child, and £118 each month for the second and third child below the age of 16, if you are escorted by your children and they are residing with you at the same address in the United Kingdom (rates quoted at 2020-2021 levels)

Eligibility for Commonwealth Masters Scholarships

To be eligible for these Commonwealth Masters Scholarships, you have to:

  • Be a national of or have been awarded refugee status by a qualified Commonwealth nation, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently living in a qualified Commonwealth nation
  • Be available to commence your academic program in the UK by the commencement of the UK academic session in September/October 2021
  • By September 2021, possess a first degree of a minimum of upper second class (2:1) honors standard, or a second class degree (2:2) and a related postgraduate qualification (typically a Master’s degree program).
  • The Commonwealth Masters Scholarships would not normally finance a second UK Master’s degree. If you are putting in for a second UK Master’s degree program, you will have to provide explanation as to why you are looking to take on this study
  • Not be able to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship award
  • Have supplied all supporting documents in the specified format

Eligible Commonwealth countries
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

How to Apply for Commonwealth Masters Scholarships

  • You have to apply to one of the following nominating agencies in the first instance – the CSC does not take direct applications from individuals for these scholarship awards:
    • National nominating agencies – this is the primary method of application
    • Designated non-governmental establishments and charitable bodies
  • All applications have to be made via one of these nominating agencies. Each nominating body is accountable for its own selection procedure and may have extra eligibility conditions.
  • You have to check with your nominating body for their particular advice and regulations for applying, their own eligibility conditions, and their own deadline for applications.
  • You have to make your application through the CSC’s online application system, as well as any other application that you are needed to complete by your nominating body. The CSC will not take any applications that are not handed in through the online application system.
  • You are recommended to fill out and submit your application as soon as you can, as the online application system will be quite busy in the days leading up to the application closing date.

Deadline: All applications must be submitted with all mandatory fields completed by 16:00 (GMT) on January 18, 2021 at the latest.

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