Commonwealth Master's Scholarships (low income countries)
About the award
Course: Any programme.
Country: Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon, Dominica, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Rwanda, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Helena, St Lucia, Eswatini, Tanzania, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia
Value: Full tuition fee and living stipend.
No. of awards: Variable
Deadline: 30th October 2019 for 2020 entry
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:
- Science and technology for development
- Strengthening health systems and capacity
- Promoting global prosperity
- Strengthening global peace, security and governance
- Strengthening resilience and response to crises
- 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/October 2020
- By October 2020, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree 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
- Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
How to apply
You must apply to one of the following nominating bodies in the first instance – the CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships:
- National nominating agencies – this is the main route of application
- Selected non-governmental organisations and charitable bodies
All applications must be made through one of these nominating bodies. Each nominating body is responsible for its own selection process and may have additional eligibility criteria. You must check with your nominating body for their specific advice and rules for applying, their own eligibility criteria, and their own closing date for applications.
You must make your application using the CSC’s online application system, in addition to any other application that you are required to complete by your nominating body. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the online application system.
All applications, must be submitted by 16:00 (GMT) on 30 October 2019 at the latest.
You are advised to complete and submit your application as soon as possible, as the online application system will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline.
Applying to QMUL
You must also apply to QMUL for admission to the Masters programme as well as making an application for the scholarship. You should try to do this at least 4 weeks before you apply for the scholarship to maximise your chances of having an offer letter in time.
Meet our scholars
Saher Sajid, Pakistan
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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