Funded by the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), Commonwealth Split-site 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.
Eligibility: To apply for these scholarships, prospective Scholars 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 registered for a Ph.D. at a university in an eligible Commonwealth country by the time your scholarship starts (November/December 2021)
• Ensure that an institutional or departmental link exists between your home university and your proposed UK university. This link must be greater than simply a collaboration between individuals – see the section on ‘Tenure and placement’ for further details. Both supervisors must provide a supporting statement that provides further details of the link to ensure your application is eligible.
• Be available to start your academic studies in the UK in January 2022
• By December 2021, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honors standard, or a second-class degree and relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
• Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
Application Deadline: 13th August 2021 by 17:00 (GMT)
Eligible Countries: Developing Commonwealth Countries
To be taken at (country): UK Universities
Number of Scholarships: Several
Value of Scholarship: Each fellowship provides:
- Approved 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)
- Approved tuition fees
- Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,116 per month, or £1,369 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2020-2021 levels)
- Warm clothing allowance, where applicable
- Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
- If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of £478 per month for the first child, and £118 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
Duration of Scholarship: One year
Method of Application: You should apply to study at a UK university that has a part funding agreement with the CSC. Visit the CSC’s online application form to complete and submit your application.