Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2019/2020

Are you ready to take your study to the next level? Apply NOW for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships!

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are for candidates from least developed, low, and lower middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time Master’s study on selected courses, jointly supported by UK universities.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Shared 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.

Purpose: To contribute to development needs of Commonwealth countries by providing training for skilled and qualified professionals and academics who would not otherwise have been able to study in the UK.

Intended beneficiaries: High-quality postgraduate students who have not studied extensively overseas before, who would not otherwise have the opportunity to study in the UK, and who have the potential to enhance the development of their home countries with the knowledge and leadership skills they acquire.

 Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are offered under six themes:

  1. Science and technology for development
  2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  6. Access, inclusion and opportunity

The scholarship will develop knowledge and/or skills that will promote opportunity amongst historically disadvantaged groups in low and middle income countries. This could be through, for example, expanding educational opportunities; conducting community outreach; enhancing access to decision-making; or increasing understanding of the barriers faced. A range of disadvantage can be addressed – including social, economic, gender, ethnic, regional, or political – provided that the need is clearly stated.

Shared Scholarships are jointly funded by the CSC and participating UK universities. Each scholarship normally provides the following:

  •  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 confirmed) – arranged by the university; funded by the CSC
  • Approved tuition and examination fees – funded by the CSC
  • Stipend (living allowance) (rates are yet to be confirmed) – paid and funded by the university
  • Warm clothing allowance, where applicable – paid and funded by the university
  • Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas – claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC
  • Excess baggage allowance, up to an annual approved limit, when returning home – claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC

At the moment, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK is yet to publish information on all participating universities and eligible courses and the information will be shared as soon as it becomes available. In the mean time, some universities have published information on their website and you can read more about the eligibility and application procedures at the university websites provided below:


  • Bangor University
    No. of awards: 3
    Eligible courses:
    MSc Agroforestry
    MSc Conservation and Land Management
    MSc Environment and Business Management
    LLM Public Procurement Law and Strategy
    MSc Public Health and Health Promotion
    Scholarship application deadline: 7 March 2019


  • Cranfield University
    Eligible courses:
    Advanced Chemical Engineering MSc
    Advanced Mechanical Engineering MSc
    Energy Systems and Thermal Processes MSc
    Environmental Engineering MSc
    Environmental Management for Business MSc
    Environmental Water Management MSc
    Future Food Sustainability MSc
    Geographical Information Management MSc
    Water and Sanitation for Development MSc
    Water and Wastewater Engineering MSc
    Scholarship application deadline: 7 March 2019



  • University of Bristol
    No. of awards: 9
    Eligible courses:
    MSc in Water and Environmental Management
    MSc in Transfusion and Transplantation Sciences
    MSc Public Health
    MSc in Climate Change Science and Policy
    MSc in Environmental Policy and Management
    MSc in Education (Policy and International Development)
    MSc in Development and Security
    MSc in Gender and International Relations
    LLM Law and Globalisation
    Scholarship application deadline: 7 March 2019



  • London School of Economics and Political Science
    No. of awards: 5
    Eligible courses:
    MSc Development Management
    MSc Environment and Development
    MSc Gender, Development and Globalisation
    MSc Global Health Policy
    MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies
    Scholarship application deadline: 7 March 2019


  • SOAS University of London
    Eligible courses:
    No. of awards: 3
    MSc Development Studies
    MSc Globalisation and Development
    MSc Environment, Politics and Development
    MSc Migration Mobility and Development
    MSc Violence, Conflict and Development
    LLM in Law, Development and Globalisation
    MSc Development Economics
    MSc Public Financial Management
    MSc Political Economy of Development
    Scholarship application deadline: 7 March 2019



  • University of Durham
    No. of awards: 8
    Eligible courses:
    MSc Medical Anthopology
    MSc Sustainability, Culture and Development
    MSc Energy and Society
    MSc Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
    MSc New and Renewable Energy
    MSc Civil Engineering
    MA Risk
    MSc Risk
    MSc Defence, Development and Diplomacy
    MSc Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding
    Scholarship application deadline: 7 March 2019


  • University College London
    No. of awards: 3
    Eligible courses:
    MSc Materials for Energy and Environment
    MSc Global Health and Development
    MSc Health Economics and Decision Science
    MSc Global Prosperity
    MSc Risk, Disaster, and Resilience
    MA Education and International Development
    MA Education, Gender and International Development
    MA Education, Health Promotion and International Development
    MA Educational Planning, Economics and International Development
    MSc Development Administration and Planning
    Scholarship application deadline: 21 March 2019




  • University of Bath
    Eligible courses:
    MSc International Development
    MSc International Development with Conflict and Humanitarian Action
    MSc International Development with Economics
    MSc International Development, Social Justice and Sustainability
    MSc Human Computer Interaction
    MSc Sustainable Chemical Engineering
    MSc Molecular Biosciences (Biotechnology)
    MSc Molecular Biosciences (Microbiology)
    Scholarship application deadline: 7 March 2019





  • University of Aberdeen
    No of awards: 4
    Eligible courses:
    MSc in Environmental Partnership Management
    MSc in Human Nutrition
    MSc in Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology
    MSc in Ecology and Conservation
    MSc in Environmental Science
    Scholarship application deadline: 7 March 2019

Information on other participating university will be published as soon as it becomes available. The team at T-Action Global would like to wish all applicants success in their application. 



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