Commonwealth PhD Scholarships (low income countries)
About the award
Course: All PhD that fit into one of the six key themes of the CSC.
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, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia
Value: Full tuition fee and living stipend.
No. of awards: Variable
Deadline: 22nd February- this is now closed for 2018 entry
Queen Mary is proud to have hosted Commonwealth scholars for many years. Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are for candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university.
Co-funded by Queen Mary and the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth PhD 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 2018
- By October 2018, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification
- NOT be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university before September/October 2018
- be unable 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 universities/university bodies, which can nominate their own academic staff
- 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. 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. The CSC does not impose any age limit on applicants, but nominating bodies may do so in line with their own priorities.
You must make an application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS), in addition to any other application that you are required to complete by your nominating body.
Your application must be submitted to and endorsed by one of the approved nominating bodies listed above. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the EAS.
All applications, with full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications, must be submitted by 23.59 (GMT) on 22 February 2018 at the latest.
You are advised to complete and submit your application as soon as possible, as the EAS will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline.
You must provide the following supporting documentation, which must be received by the CSC by 23.59 (GMT)on 22 March 2018 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:
- References from at least two individuals
- Supporting statement from a proposed supervisor in the UK from at least one of the institutions named on your application form
Applying to QMUL
You must apply to QMUL for admission to the PhD programme as well as making an application for the scholarship. You should try to do this before you apply for the scholarship to maximise your chances of having an offer letter in time.
Meet our scholars
Ahmed Khalid Aziz
PhD Electronic Engineering QMUL
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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