Commonwealth Scholarships for Master's and PhD study 2017
Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.
15 Nov 2016
Each scholarship 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 usually the cost of journeys made before your award is finally
Approved tuition and examination fees
Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,043 per month, or £1,279 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2016-2017 levels)
Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable
Warm clothing allowance, where applicable
Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
For PhD Scholars, fieldwork grant towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas (usually the cost of one
economy class return airfare to your fieldwork location), where approved
For PhD Scholars, 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)
If your scholarship is at least 18 months long, the following family allowances:
Spouse allowance of £224 per month if you and your spouse are living together at the same address in
the UK (unless your spouse is also in receipt of a scholarship; other conditions also apply)
Child allowance of £224 per month for the first child, and £110 per month for the second and third child
under the age of 16, if you are accompanied by your spouse and children and they are living with you at
the same address in the UK
If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent (irrespective of the length of your scholarship), child allowance of £448 per month for the first child, and £110 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
OTHER KEY DATES
You must provide the following supporting documentation to be received by the CSC by 6 January 2017 in order for
your application to be eligible for consideration:
References from at least two individuals (one should be from your PhD supervisor, except in exceptional circumstances)
Certificate confirming the award of your PhD
Supporting statement from your proposed supervisor in the UK
Note that while some organisers may accept applications from all around the world, you may still be required to travel to the host country in order to take part in the later stages of a competition for instance, or you may be required to live there for a period of time to take part in a funded programme (e.g. scholarship, incubator, accelerator).
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