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QMUL Commonwealth Scholarships

 

QMUL is proud to be working in partnership with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK to offer a wide range of scholarships for postgraduate study at Master’s and PhD level.

 In 2017-18 we are hosting an unprecedented number of Commonwealth Scholars from across the globe.

Commonwealth Scholarships at QMUL typically cover full overseas tuition fees, living costs, airfares, and a variety of other expenses. Scholars from developing Commonwealth countries are eligible to apply for both Masters and PhD's,  and developed Commonwealth countries are eligible to apply for PhD's.

All candidates should apply to QMUL online following our normal application procedures (please be aware that candidates applying for a Commonwealth Scholarship may have an earlier application deadline than normal) and will also need to make an application directly to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission or nominating agency within their home country.

To find out more about the scholarships available please click on the individual schemes listed below.


These are the scholarships for low or middle income countries. A very small number of PhD scholarships are available for high income countries. Please see further down this page for these scholarships.

Applicants must apply to Queen Mary for admission onto the PhD programme of their choice and to the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission for the funding.

Level of Study PhD
Subject Area Any – although the applicant must demonstrate how the research fits into one the six key themes.
Countries Low and middle income Commonwealth countries
Application Deadlines 22 February 2018
Further Information http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/phd-scholarships-low-middle-income-countries/
Contact f.c.shelley@qmul.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7882 6484

Each year QMUL welcomes a number of Masters students on Commonwealth Scholarships. Candidates must apply to the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission for the scholarship and the Queen Mary for admission. 

Level of Study Masters
Subject Area Any – although applicants have to demonatrate how the course fits into one of the six key themes.  
Countries Low and middle income Commonwealth countries
Application Deadlines 22nd February 2018
Further Information http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/masters-scholarships/
Contact f.c.shelley@qmul.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7882 6484

In 2017-18 QMUL will host an unprecedented number of Commonwealth Shared Scholars. We offered six awards available across a range of courses in all three of our academic faculties.

The Shared Scholarships for 2018 entry have not yet been approved. Please check back at the end of January 2018 for an update. 

Level of Study Master’s
Subject Area

To be confirmed for 2018 entry.

Countries Low and Middle income Commonwealth countries
Application Deadlines Expected to be 1 March 2018
Further Information http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/shared-scholarships/
Contact f.c.shelley@qmul.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7882 6484

QMUL has research links across the globe and, as part of these partnerships, has the capacity to support split-site PhD study in a very wide range of research areas.

To explore the possibility of split-site study with QMUL, please use our School and Institute webpages to identify an academic with whom you would like to work. We strongly recommend making contact with a potential supervisor to discuss arrangements before making a formal application to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

Level of Study PhD
Subject Area Any – although your research must have a developmental and leadership focus and form part of a previously existing departmental or institutional link between QMUL and your home university.
Countries Low and middle income Commonwealth countries
Application Deadlines To be confirmed for 2018.
Further Information http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/split-site-scholarships-low-middle-income-countries/
Contact f.c.shelley@qmul.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7882 6484

Commonwealth Scholarships for PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of high income Commonwealth countries. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for Education, with the aim of supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.

Applications for 2017 Commonwealth Scholarships are closed. Information on 2018 Commonwealth Scholarships for citizens of developed Commonwealth countries will be available on this page when the CSC is able to confirm whether any such scholarships will be offered.

Applicants must apply to Queen Mary for admission onto the PhD programme of their choice and to the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission for the funding.

Level of Study PhD
Subject Area To be confirmed.
Countries Australia, New Zealand, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cyrus, Malta and The Bahamas
Application Deadlines To be confirmed. 
Further Information http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/phd-scholarships-high-income-countries/
Contact f.c.shelley@qmul.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7882 6484

These scholarships are intended for high-quality postgraduate students who wish to access training not available in their home countries, who wish or need to remain in their home country while they study, and who have the potential to enhance the development of their home countries with the knowledge and leadership skills they acquire.

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships support distance learning Master’s degree courses offered in partnership with local providers in least developed, low, and lower middle income Commonwealth countries, as well as courses delivered directly by UK universities. 

Queen Mary hopes to offer 10-15 Distance Learning scholarships across a number of Master's courses for 2018 entry. Please check back in February for confirmed courses and how to apply.

Level of Study Distance Learning Master's
Subject Area Specific courses. Will be confirmed in February 2018
Countries Low and middle income Commonwealth countries
Application Deadlines To be confirmed for 2018 entry.
Further Information http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/distance-learning/
Contact f.c.shelley@qmul.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7882 6484

Meet our scholars

Find out more about studying at QMUL and living in London from previous Commonwealth Scholars:  

Syeda Rida Zanib
Master in Integrated Management of Freshwater Environments (IMFE), QMUL
Pakistan

Thanks to the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, Rida is studying for an MSc in Integrated Management of Freshwater Environments in our School of Geography. She came to Queen Mary after completing her BEng in Environmental Engineering at the National University of Sciences and Technology in Islamabad. We asked her a few questions about her impression of Queen Mary after her first term here. 

What do you enjoy most about your course?

QMUL is one of few universities that offer a post-graduate program in IMFE. The course is very well outlined and up-to-date, industry standard software is taught, which very helpful in building career experience and preparing students for real-world situations. My favorite part of the course is the helpful and supportive faculty who work in the School of Geography. Staff will guide you on every step and teach you how to think and apply your knowledge independently.

What do you enjoy about Queen Mary?

QMUL feels like home to me. Every person you meet is always ready to help so I never have to worry about being on my own when I experience something new.  Being a part of the Russell Group, QMUL gives its students access to many libraries and resources across the UK. Also, there are a lot of extracurricular activities you can do on campus. For instance, I am a member of the Jiu Jitsu society, one of the many athletic groups available to students.

How do you find living and studying in London?

London is a vast city which has something to offer to everyone, any day of the week. I love London because of its diverse culture and opportunities. I have made wonderful friends from all over the world and I am able to learn more about different cultures and how others view the world.

What advice would you give to international applicants?

QMUL is a great place to study; before applying, clear your mind and think carefully about what you want to study, as well as the course curriculum and structure, so you can get the most out of your education. London is a very diverse city, so don’t be worried about moving from home – you will surely be able to find things that are familiar to you and feel safe and welcomed while learning.

What advice would you give to applicants for your course?

The course focuses heavily on river environments, their restoration, and with the modeling and effects of flooding. If you are interested to work or research in the field of freshwater this course is the best option for you. The coursework gives students opportunities to practice lab work and do hands-on research, visiting freshwater sites around London, which is very translatable in future work environments.

 

Aimee Hobbs
Master in Global Public Health and Policy, QMUL
Zimbabwe

Aimee came to Queen Mary on a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship in September 2017 after working as a speech therapist in her native Zimbabwe. We asked her a few questions about her impressions of Queen Mary after her first few months.

 What do you enjoy most about your course?

I enjoy exploring the underlying causes of poor health, the interconnectedness of health and other sectors such as economic and political arenas, and the ways we as a society can influence the health and well-being of our community. 

What do you enjoy most about QMUL?

I love that there is such an international community in this course and find that different perspectives and experiences bring a richness to learning. This has shaped my own perspective in a way that I could not have gained otherwise.

What do you enjoy most about living and studying in London?

Living in London has allowed me to experience such a diverse variety of cultures, and I’ve loved exploring the rich history and heritage that London and surrounds has to offer. I feel privileged to have been able to see evidence of how we have developed as a people through cultural, technological and architectural experiences in the UK. 

What advice would you give to applicants from your country wanting to come to QMUL?

Start the application process early and email staff any questions as they are often very helpful! 

What advice would you give to applicants from your country applying for your course?  

Apply! We desperately need more Zimbabweans in Global Public Health and Policy and certainly more in our department at QMUL.

 

Meera Daran
Masters in Public Administration (MPA), QMUL
Malaysia

What do you enjoy most about your course?

The MPA is a thoughtful combination of public policy and public administration which resonates with many of my interests as a civil servant in my home country. My classmates consist mostly of public sector practitioners from all around the world, allowing for an exchange of thoughts in a truly global setting. Thanks to our kind and knowledgeable lecturers and guest speakers, classes are thought provoking and well guided for further independent study.

 What do you enjoy most about QMUL?

QMUL offers campus and city life in equal measure, truly the best of both worlds. There are countless events and activities to make you feel at home almost instantly. Situated in the vibrant East End known for its diversity of cultures, QMUL is also very close to Central London, striking a good balance in my overall experience of the city.

 What do you enjoy most about living and studying in London?

London is a wonderful place for my favourite things: music, art and literature. With so many free museums, parks and historic places of interest, you don’t even have to spend a cent enjoying the city. It’s been said before, but you’ll never run out of things to do in London. If anything, you might even have to restrain yourself from overdoing it!

 What advice would you give to applicants from your country wanting to come to QMUL?

Do read about the courses available and apply for the ones most suited to your experience and interests. Many hesitate to apply due to struggles with the English language and feelings of intimidation about being abroad, but to this I say do not fret, as the university provides a supportive environment for international students through a variety of in-sessional courses and other campus activities.

 What advice would you give to applicants from your country applying for your course? 

I couldn’t recommend it more, especially to those who are looking for opportunities to elevate themselves as career civil servants. In my application, I tried my best to relate my personal experiences with the course and spoke unabashedly about my hopes and dreams. Today I consider myself very fortunate for being awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to study here and find myself inspired everyday by the wonderful community of QMUL and city of London to continue actively pursuing those hopes and dreams. 

 

Ahmed Khalid Aziz 
Commonwealth Scholar 
PhD Electronic Engineering QMUL 
Pakistan

I was a lecturer at a university in Pakistan when I decided to pursue a PhD and applied for the commonwealth scholarship. Given that my area of expertise within Electronic Engineering is antenna design, Queen Mary University of London was an obvious choice given its strengths in the field. The experience of living in London was another attractive feature.

I've been a doctoral candidate at QMUL for almost two years now and it’s been a truly rewarding experience. The research facilities available to me are on par with anywhere in Europe and the faculty is strong and research intensive. Staff are cooperative and the university really handles as much as it can so students can focus on their work. Living in London is its own prize, given the vibrant multicultural community that inhabits this city. The area around QMUL's Mile End campus in particular is quite interesting, fusing the east and the west. One can experience a spectrum of cultures, languages and cuisines on the walk between Stepney Green and Aldgate East.

CSCUK has been extremely helpful during my time here, and I've never had a reason to complain. They have made systems easy to understand so that students can keep the commission updated about their progress while not feeling like there's too many administrative distractions to concentrate on work.
I hope to continue working as an academic after the end of my doctoral work, and my experiences at QMUL and in London will teach me much to benefit from for the rest of my life.

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