Commonwealth Scholarship- Complete Article

Commonwealth Scholarship is for pursuing Master’s and PhD which are offered to citizens of developing countries like India, Brazil and African Nations. These scholarships are financed by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development. One can apply for a Scholarship for the following courses.

  • Master’s (yearly courses only)
  • PhD

All subject areas are eligible.


To apply for the scholarships, you must:

  • Be a Commonwealth citizen,
  • Be permanently resident of developing country of Commonwealth
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK in academic session 2016-17
  • By October 2017, hold a first degree of at least upper second class.

It promotes equal occasion, gender equality, and exchange of cultures. Applications are inspired from various spheres of candidates. It is committed to managing Commonwealth scholarship and fellowships in a sincere and clear manner.

Terms and conditions

If one is applying for PhD study, advice to study single university for a four-year PhD, but this must be in a recognized Training Centre. One must research this option intensively and justify the value added to this three-year PhD course. As it will fund only a finite number of four-year PhDs, if one choose this option, one is strongly advised to also invite at least one three-year PhD course as a choice.

Selection process

Each year, it invites elected appointing bodies to file a finite number of suggestions. The bond for appointing bodies to file suggestions is December 13th, 2016.

It invites around thrice the suggestions than scholarships – therefore, suggested candidates are not promised for getting scholarship. There are no quotas for availing commonwealth scholarship.

Each suggested candidate’s application is first examined by advisers with expertise in the subject area concerned, and then by the selection committee.

Applications are examined according to the following criteria:

  • Merit according to academics of the candidate
  • Planning on the basis of quality study
  • Impact to be made on the development of candidate’s country.

How to apply

All applications must be filed through appointing body in the home country. Each appointing body has its own selection procedure. One must review with appointing body for particular advice and rules for applying, eligibility conditions, and last date for submission. It does not put forward any age limit, but appointing bodies might do so.

The application must be acknowledged and forwarded by approved appointing bodies. It will not accept any applications that are not submitted by the electronic system of application to appointing body in one’s home country.All applications must be submitted by November 15th, 2016.

One is advised to submit a complete application as soon as possible, as the Electronic Application System gets busy with the bound of the time.

One must provide the following documents by January 6th, 2017 for application to be eligible for examination:

  • Attributes from two persons.
  • Hard Copies.
  • For students doing PhD, supporting documents from a suggested head in United Kingdom from one of the institutes mentioned on application form.

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