Applications for Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for the academic year 2022 are now open. Commonwealth Shared Scholarships aim to target those individuals who are not able to afford and undertake full-time Master’s Study on selected courses at UK universities.
CSC is intending to enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development. Having a history being created from 1959, Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are offered in partnership with select UK universities which is being funded by UK Foreign, Commonwealth, Development Office(FCDO). The scholarships are offered under six development themes listed below:
- 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.
Provisions Covered by Commonwealth Shared Scholarship
As commonwealth shared scholarships are jointly funded by the CSC and participating UK universities, the below mentioned are the coverage provided by the university;
- Given with the airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependants, nor the cost of journeys made before your award is confirmed) – arranged by the university; funded by the CSC
- Approved tuition fees – funded by the CSC
- Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,133 per month, or £1,390 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2021-2022 levels) – paid and funded by the university
- Warm clothing allowance, where applicable – paid and funded by the university
- Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable – claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC
- Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas – claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC
- Reimbursement of the cost of mandatory tuberculosis (TB) test, where required for a visa application (receipts must be supplied) – claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC
- If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of £485 per month for the first child, and £120 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if you are accompanied by your children and they are living with you at the same address in the UK (rates quoted at 2021-2022 levels)
- In case you declare a disability, a full assessment of your needs and eligibility for additional financial support will be offered by the CSC.
Eligibility Criteria for Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2022
For applying to these scholarships, the applicants have to;
- Have a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
- Permanently reside in an eligible Commonwealth country
- Start their academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September 2022
- Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high-income country
- Be unable to afford to study at a UK university without this scholarship
- Provide all supporting documentation in the required format.
Though the CSC is aiming forward to identify talented individuals to make a change, Please note that only candidates from the 23 eligible countries listed below can apply for Commonwealth Shared Scholarships in 2022.
Papua New Guinea
Selection Criteria for Commonwealth Shared Scholarships
Applications will be considered according to the following criteria.
- Academic merit of the candidate.
- Potential impact on the development of the candidate’s home country.
- Quality of the plan of study.
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