Applications are now open for the Commonwealth Scholarship (PhD) in the UK. 2019 Commonwealth Scholarship (PhD) is for doctoral candidates from high-income Commonwealth countries, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university for awards commencing between January to March 2020.
These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for Education in conjunction with UK universities. Further, to support world-class research and to contribute to UK higher education. Also, research to help sustain international recognition of the UK higher education system and for the benefit of wider society. The CSC does not offer scholarships to candidates from high-income Commonwealth countries. Who have already started their PhD study in the UK.
Moreover, The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is one of the largest and most prestigious international scholarship schemes in the world. The CSC awards over 800 scholarships and fellowships for postgraduate study and professional development to Commonwealth citizens each year.
The scholarship value includes:
- Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award.
- Approved tuition fees
Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,110 per month, or £1,362 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area.
- Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable.
- Warm clothing allowance, where applicable.
- Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas.
- Provision towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas (usually the cost of one economy class return airfare to your fieldwork location), were approved.
- Paid mid-term visit (airfare) to your home country (unless you have claimed (or intend to claim) spouse and/or child allowances during your scholarship, or have received a return airfare to your home country for fieldwork)
- Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country.
- Show evidence that you are permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country. You must have lived in an eligible Commonwealth country for a period of 5 years for a continuous period within the last 10 years.
- Hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honors standard or a second class degree. Also, a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree) by the time of submitting your scholarship application
- Not be for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university before January 2020
- Not have and been currently registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD. Also, in your home country or elsewhere
- Hold an unconditional offer from your chosen university/universities listed on your CSC online application. Further, at the point of being notified that you have been provisionally selected for an award by the CSC*
- References from at least two individuals
- A supporting statement from a proposed supervisor at one or more of the UK universities