Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Scheme by Govt. of UK

Commonwealth Scholarship is an elite scholarship given to students of Commonwealth Countries. The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) awards the scholarships and fellowships to over 800 students for under-graduation studies, post-graduation studies and professional development courses to citizens of Commonwealth each year. The scholarships are divided into two parts i.e. scholarship for students of developed nations and scholarship for students of developing nations. The scholarships are funded by Department for International Development, Government of UK for developing Commonwealth countries and the Department of Education, Government of UK for developed Commonwealth countries. The Scholarship scheme was started in 1959 for all the Commonwealth Countries. Since its establishment, the scheme has benefitted over 30,000 students. The scholarship scheme funds the students fully and since students of all the Commonwealth nation can avail the scholarship hence the competition for availing these scholarships are very high. Such high competition between the best students of Commonwealth nation makes this scholarship scheme one the largest and most prestigious scholarship schemes for studies internationally in the World.

The scholarships are divided into two parts i.e. scholarship for students of developed nations and scholarship for students of developing nations. The scholarships are funded by Department for International Development, Government of UK for developing Commonwealth countries and the Department of Education, Government of UK for developed Commonwealth countries.

The Scholarship scheme was started in 1959 for all the Commonwealth Countries. Since its establishment, the scheme has benefitted over 30,000 students. The scholarship scheme funds the students fully and since students of all the Commonwealth nation can avail the scholarship hence the competition for availing these scholarships are very high. Such high competition between the best students of Commonwealth nation makes this scholarship scheme one the largest and most prestigious scholarship schemes for studies internationally in the World.

Developing Commonwealth Nations included in the official list are: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Dominica,Falkland Islands Fiji, Ghana Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya  Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Rwanda, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands,Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Virgin Islands (British), Zambia

Developed Commonwealth Nations included in the official list are: Australia, The Bahamas, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cyprus, Malta, and New Zealand

The Scholarship Programmes offered are different for developing and developed Commonwealth Nations. There are also some Commonwealth Nations which haven’t been classified into developing or developed for which the scholarship and fellowship schemes are again different.

1.) A student of a developed Commonwealth Nation can apply for Commonwealth Scholarships for Ph.D. or split-site Ph.D. study which would be done at a UK University.

2.) A student of a developing Commonwealth Nation can apply for the following scholarship schemes:

  • Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and Ph.D. which is to done in a UK university
  • Commonwealth Split-site (Ph.D.) Scholarships for Ph.D. candidates in which students will have to spend 12 months in the UK as part of their Doctoral Research
  • Commonwealth Shared Scholarships
  • Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships
  • Commonwealth Academic Fellowships
  • Commonwealth Professional Fellowships
  • Commonwealth Medical Fellowships

3.) A student of Singapore can apply for Singapore Commonwealth Fellowships

4.) A student of Falkland Islands, Seychelles, St Helena can apply for Commonwealth Scholarships for undergraduate study.

A student of UK can also apply for the Commonwealth Scholarship scheme for studying in other Commonwealth Nations

India comes under Developing Commonwealth Nations and the scholarship schemes valid for students of India are those scholarship schemes which have been mentioned under scholarship schemes for developing nations. The duration of these schemes is from three months to one year. The scholarships offered are for Post-Graduate students, Research Scholars, and Working professionals.

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