Apply: Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme 2016 in UK Universities

The CSC is offering the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme for Masters Students from Commonwealth Countries to study in UK Universities 2016/2017.

Accepted Subject Areas: Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are for taught Master’s courses only. All courses undertaken must be demonstrably relevant to the economic, social or technological development of the candidate’s home country. See full list of courses from the 2016 CSS prospectus.

About Scholarship

The Commonwealth Shared Scholarships, set up by the Department for International Development (DFID) in 1986, represent a unique partnership between the United Kingdom government and UK universities. To date, more than 3,500 students from developing Commonwealth countries have been awarded Shared Scholarships. Without these awards they would not otherwise have been able to benefit from UK higher education.

UK universities have offered to support the scholarships by contributing the stipend for the students from their own resources, or those which the university has been able to generate from elsewhere. See list of participating universities from the CSS prospective 2016 below.

Scholarship Offered Since: 1986

Who is qualified to apply?

To apply for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, candidates must:

  • Be Commonwealth citizens, refugees, or British protected persons
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country (a full list is available in the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2016 prospectus)
  • Be available to commence their academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2016
  • Hold, by August 2016, a first degree of at least upper second class Honours standard
  • Not have undertaken studies lasting one year or more in a developed country
  • Be unable themselves, or through their families, to pay to study in the UK

Number of Scholarships: Up to 227 scholarship positions.

Scholarship value

The CSC funds the cost of tuition fees (at overseas rate), return airfares, and other allowances. Participating universities are required to support the student stipend for the award holder (at the rate set by the UK government).

Duration of scholarship: Awards are normally tenable for one-year taught postgraduate courses only.

Eligible Commonwealth Countries

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji*, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guineas, Pitcairn, Rwanda, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania,Tonga,Trinidad and Tobago, Tristan da Cunha, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda,Vanuatu, Western Samoa, Zambia, Zimbabwe*

To be taken at (country): Various UK Universities. Download CSS prospectus 2016 below for full list of participating universities and respective deadlines

Application Deadline: The EAS will close to applicants on 1 April 2016 and no further applications can be submitted after that date.

Offered annually? Yes

How to Apply

Download 2016 Prospectus for method of application, a list of eligible universities, courses, number of available awards and closing dates

All enquiries about Commonwealth Shared Scholarships should be directed to the university to which you wish to apply.


Awards made under this scheme are jointly funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), as part of the UK international development programme to developing countries, and participating institutions in the UK. The scheme is administered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC).




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