Commonwealth PhD Scholarships (high income countries)

About the award

Level: PhD
Course: Any PhD
Country: Anguilla, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Malta, New Zealand, St. Kitts and Nevis, The Falkland Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands
Value: Full tuition fee and living stipend.
No. of awards: Variable
Deadline: 28 August 2019 for 2020 entry

More information

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Queen Mary is proud to have hosted Commonwealth scholars for many years. 

These Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are for candidates from high income Commonwealth countries, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university.

Co-funded by the UK Department for Education (DfE) and QMUL, Commonwealth PhD Scholarships support excellence in UK higher education and sustain the principles of the Commonwealth.


To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country
  • 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 or January 2021 (to be agreed by the CSC)
  • 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)
  • Not be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university before September/October 2020
  • Hold an unconditional offer from your chosen university/universities by the time you submit your scholarship application (a conditional offer with only a financial condition is acceptable)

Terms and conditions

For full terms and conditions – including further tenure and placement, value of the scholarship, and general conditions – see the Commonwealth PhD Scholarships (for high income countries) 2018 terms and conditions

The CSC will negotiate joint funding agreements individually for selected candidates. You should make this clear to your chosen university/universities.

Selection process

Each candidate’s application will be considered firstly by an academic adviser with expertise in the subject area concerned, and then by the CSC selection committee in competition with other candidates.

Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:

  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Quality of the plan of study
  • Potential of the candidate to lead in the pursuit of global excellence in research and knowledge

For further details, see the Commonwealth PhD Scholarships (for high income countries) 2018 selection criteria

Applying to QMUL

You must apply to QMUL for admission to the PhD programme as well as making an application for the scholarship. You must do this before you apply for the scholarship (i) to gain School support to fund the third year (+ write up), and (ii) to maximise your chances of having an offer letter in time. 

Full terms and conditions and the link to apply can be found at 

Applying to CSC

You must make your application directly to the CSC using the CSC’s application system. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via its application system.

All applications must be submitted by 16:00 (BST) on 28 August 2019 at the latest.

In your application, you must provide the following supporting documentation:

  • Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications (with certified translations if not in English)
  • Unconditional offer(s) from your chosen university/universities (a conditional offer with only a financial condition is acceptable)
  • Proof that you are a citizen of an eligible Commonwealth country: a copy of your passport or birth certificate


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