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Applications for the 2022 Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships for applicants from Low and Middle-Income countries are now open. These scholarships are funded by the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office – FCDO. The Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships aim to enable talented and motivated individuals to gain knowledge and skills. Those Skills are required for sustainable development and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.
Applicants must be graduates who are nationals of one of the eligible countries, who are undertaking a Ph.D. program at their home University and are interested in spending a 12-month period of study at any approved UK university or higher education in the UK. The scholarships aim to widen access to UK equipment and expertise for high-quality doctoral candidates from low- and middle-income Commonwealth countries. Scholarships will also contribute to UK and Commonwealth higher education and research through collaboration and partnerships.
Applicants must be High-quality graduates withs a clear research proposal with a developmental focus and who have the potential to become influential teachers or researchers in their home countries. This program rotates around the following 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
Benefits from Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships
The Scholarship program offers the following benefits
Selected applicants will receive a monthly stipend worth £1,133 or £1,390 for those at universities in the London metropolitan area, to cover their daily living expenses.
The program will offer you coverage for airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award
You will receive coverage for tuition fees for your selected program at your selected university
Selected applicants will receive a Warm clothing allowance upon their arrival in the UK.
You will also receive a Study travel grant to cover costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas.
Eligibility Required for Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships
To apply for this scholarship program, you must meet the following conditions.
Scholarships are open for citizens of an eligible commonwealth country or those who are in refugee status.
Applicants must be permanent residents of an eligible Commonwealth country
To be selected, you must be undertaking or planning to undertake a Ph.D. program at a university in an eligible Commonwealth country by September 2021.
Candidates must possess a first degree (Bachelor’s)of at least upper second class (2:1) honors standard
Applicants who possess second-class degrees and relevant postgraduate qualifications (Master’s).
You must be facing financial constraints and prove that you are unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
Your home university and your proposed UK university must have established institutional or departmental link
Application Details of Commonwealth Split-Site Scholarships
Applicants must first apply for a study stay at their preferred UK university which has a part funding agreement with the CSC. Stays are usually for a period of 12 months. Please see a full list of participating Universities here
After identifying and applying to your preferred University, you must then complete and submit your application. To complete your application, you must submit the following documents
Firstly, Submit full transcripts of records for all your higher education qualifications
In case your academic transcripts are not in English, submit their official translations
Submit a copy of your valid passport or national ID card. This must show your photograph, date of birth, and country of citizenship or if applicable, refugee status
Request and submit a supporting statement from your supervisor at your home country university. The statement must clearly indicate the institutional link between your university and the proposed UK university
You must also request a recommendation from at least one other individual who will submit a reference letter on your behalf directly via the online application system.