Commonwealth Master's Scholarships (low income countries)

About the award

Level: Masters
Course: Any 1 year Masters programme.
Country: Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Botswana, Dominica, Eswatini, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Mauritius, Montserrat, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Helena, St Lucia, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
Value: Full tuition fee, flights and living stipend.
No. of awards: Variable
Deadline: 18 January 2021

More information

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Queen Mary is proud to have hosted Commonwealth scholars for many years. Commonwealth Master's Scholarships are for candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time study at a UK university.

Co-funded by Queen Mary and the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Master's Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK. These scholarships are offered under six themes:

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


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
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September 2021
  • By September 2021, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree (2:2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree). The CSC would not normally fund a second UK Master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you will need to provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study
  • NOT be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university or in your home country before September/October 2021
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
  • Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format

Applying to CSC

Please follow the guidance issued at Queen Mary has no influence over their selection procedure and timelines. Those who have admission to Queen Mary and a Commonwealth Scholarship will be confirmed as Commonwealth Scholars for September 2021 entry.

Applying to QMUL

You must also apply to QMUL for admission to the Masters programme as well as making an application for the scholarship. It is our understanding that you do not require an offer letter at the point of application to CSC. However, it is the students' responsibility to fully read and understand the terms and conditions as set out by the CSC.

Meet our scholars

Saher Sajid, Pakistan

Saher Sajid Commonwealth Masters Scholar

Saher is studying for a Masters in Artificial Intelligence in our School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science. At QMUL Saher enjoys the heart-warming experience of being surrounded by people from many different backgrounds. She has noted the wide range of courses available at QMUL and suggests to future applicants that you give a lot of thought to what you want to study, thereby allowing staff to offer support and help organise your programme and place you on your desired track.

Saher particularly enjoys the study enviornment at QMUL, highlighting "the opportunity of being surrounded by so many passionate people, doing amazing work in a field that I am passionate aboutl."


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