Commonwealth Scholarships for International Students

Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 independent and equal countries. It is home to 2.4 billion people and includes both advanced economies and developing countries.

We offer Scholarships to talented individuals with the potential to make a positive impact on the global stage if given the opportunity to build themselves.

As part of the UK’s ongoing commitment to the Commonwealth, each year around 800 students are given the chance to undertake postgraduate degrees with UK universities.

If you are from a Commonwealth country and believe you could make a difference to the world but you can’t afford to fund your UK studies on your own, then you could be the ideal candidate for a Commonwealth Scholarship.


To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • You also need to have an undergraduate honors degree of at least upper second class (2:1). If you wish to study for a Ph.D., you will need an appropriate master’s degree too.
  • Finally, you must be unable to afford to study in the UK without a scholarship.

The eligibility criteria for each type of scholarship and fellowship vary. More information is available on the CSC website.

Types of Awards Available

The Commonwealth Scholarships Commission offers:

  • Commonwealth Ph.D. Scholarships (for least developed countries and fragile states)
  • Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships (for low- and middle-income countries)
  • Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships
  • Commonwealth Shared Scholarships
  • Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships
  • Commonwealth Ph.D. Scholarships (for high-income countries)
  • Commonwealth Medical Fellowships
  • Commonwealth Professional Fellowships

How to Apply

1. Visit our official website @

2. Select the Type of awards that best suit you.

3. Click on Apply button at the header of the webpage.

4. Select Country and upload your scanned copy of your passport, your academic transcript, your existing university degree certificate, two references, and, if you have one, your admission letter.

Application Deadline

Annual deadlines for applications are usually in December.


If you have any queries about applying for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, you can contact us. We will not use your email address for any purpose other than responding to your inquiry.

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