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Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships for International Students, 2018

Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships for International Students, 2018

Commonwealth Masters scholarships for international students, 2018 are for low-income and middle-income Commonwealth candidates for a full-time Masters degree from a UK university.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) Commonwealth Master’s Scholarship enables talented and motivated individuals to acquire the knowledge and skills needed for sustainable development. They are aimed at those who can not afford to study in the UK.

These scholarships are offered under six topics:

  1. Science and technology for development
  2. Strengthening health systems and capacities
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Strengthening peace, security and governance
  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  6. Access, inclusion and opportunity

Information on other scholarships offered by the CSC


To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a citizen of a recognized Commonwealth state or have refugee status or be a British Protected Person
  • Permanently resident in a candidate Commonwealth country
  • Be prepared to begin your studies in the UK at the beginning of the academic year in September / October 2018
  • At least a first degree of at least the second grade (2: 1), a second degree and a corresponding postgraduate qualification (usually a master’s degree) until October 2018

See Also: eligible Commonwealth country

The CSC aims to identify talented people who have the potential to make changes. We promote a policy of equal opportunities and non-discrimination and promote applications from various candidates. For more information about assisting candidates with disabilities, see the CSC Declaration on Disability.

The CSC is committed to managing and managing its scholarships and scholarships fairly and transparently. For more information, see the CSC Anti-Fraud Policy and the DFID Guidance on Fraud Reporting.

Eligible Commonwealth countries

Antigua and Barbuda
Papua New Guinea
Pitcairn Islands
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Sri Lanka
St Helena
St Lucia
St Vincent and the Grenadines

Terms and Conditions

Full Terms and Conditions – including details of scholarship topics, term and placement, value of the scholarship, and general terms and conditions – can be found in the Commonwealth Master’s Scholarship 2018 Terms and Conditions

You should apply to a UK university that has partial funding with the CSC. See a complete list of UK universities with partial funding arrangements


Each year, the CSC invites selected nomination bodies to submit a certain number of nominations. The deadline for nominations for nomination applications at the CSC is 22 March 2018.

The CSC invites around three times as many nominations as scholarships, so there is no guarantee that nominees will receive a scholarship. There are no scholarship rates for a single country. Candidates nominated by national nomination agencies compete with those nominated by other nomination bodies, and the same standards apply to applications submitted through both channels.

Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:

  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Quality of the curriculum
  • Possible effects of the work on the development of the applicant’s home country

To read further: Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships 2018 selection criteria

How to Apply

You must first apply to one of the following nominators – the CSC will not accept direct applications for these scholarships:

All applications must be submitted through one of these nominations. Each nomination office is responsible for its own selection process. You will need to inquire with your nomination panel about their specific referrals and application rules, their own eligibility criteria, and their own application deadline. The CSC does not impose an age limit on the applicants, but the nominating institutions can do so according to their own priorities.

You must submit an application using the Electronic Application System (EAS) of the CSC, in addition to any other application you need to complete from your nomination office.

Your application must be submitted to and confirmed by one of the above-mentioned accredited nominating bodies. The CSC will not accept applications that are not submitted through the EAS.

All applications, including full credentials, which list all your degrees (with certified translations, if not in English) must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm (GMT).

We recommend that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible, as the EAS will be very busy in the days prior to the application deadline.

You must provide references from at least two persons who must contact the CSC at 23:59 GMT on March 22, 2018, so that your application can be considered.

How to access the EAS

Please note that the CSC does not require candidates to apply for one of their scholarships or scholarships through its Electronic Application System (EAS) and does not charge any fees for nominee nominations.

Choose a University / Course

You may find the following resources useful when examining your choice of institution and degree program in the UK:

The CSC is not responsible for the content of external sites.

Any questions?
All inquiries about these scholarships should be directed to your nomination office.

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