Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships

Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships

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The Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships benefit extraordinary students from the Commonwealth countries to study or work in the UK. Selected candidates will enjoy full coverage of their expenses with a monthly stipend. Around 800 students are chosen every year for their academic excellence and potential to impact a change in society through leadership, innovation, and other critical skills.

Scholarship details
Offered by British Council
Amount granted 35,500 USD
Type of scholarship Merit-based
Level of program Graduate & Doctoral
Application deadline 18th October 2023
Renewability Timely renewed
International students Students/ professionals from the Commonwealth countries
Official URL Commonwealth Scholarships

 

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Award details

The British Council offers the following scholarships and fellowships for chosen candidates from India:

Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships Ph. D. scholars Ph.D. scholars from the Commonwealth countries can conduct 12 months of their research in the UK
Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships Master’s students Enables candidates to pursue full-time master’s in the UK
Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Master’s students Enables candidates to pursue full-time master’s in the UK
Commonwealth Distance learning Scholarships Master’s students UK university
Commonwealth Professional Fellowships Professionals Allows professionals with at least 5 years work experience to work in a host institution in the UK
Commonwealth Gender and Sexuality Fellowships Professionals Allows professionals with at least 5 years work experience to work in a host institution in the UK
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What are the benefits of the Commonwealth Scholarships?

Most of the Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships are fully funded with coverage of expenses listed below:

  • list items Academic fees
  • list items Monthly living stipend - £1,236 (INR 1,30,609) or £1,516 (INR 1,60,197) per month
  • list items Examination fee
  • list items One flight ticket (Economy class) to and from the UK
  • list items Grant for thesis or dissertation
  • list items Warm clothing allowance
  • list items Study-related travel expenses within the UK
  • list items Fieldwork or research-related travel outside the UK
  • list items Allowance for the dependants
  • list items Commonwealth community membership
  • list items Additional support for the disabled
  • Note: These scholarships are offered under six CSC development 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
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    What are the eligibility criteria for the Commonwealth Scholarships?

    The Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships eligibility requirements include the following:

  • list items Be a citizen of a Commonwealth country
  • list items Fulfill the academic criteria relevant to each funding category
  • list items 60% - 65% scores in the past qualifying exam
  • list items Prove relevant skills and expertise
  • list items English language certifications - IELTS, TOEFL, etc.
  • list items Applicant’s age must be lesser than 40 years
  • list items Students who are already studying abroad are not eligible
  • list items Those students who have already been overseas for research/studies/training/specialization for a period of more than six months are also eligible for the scholarship. These students must have spent the next two years consecutively in India
  • list items The study program must be related to any of the following six developmental themes prescribed by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC): 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
  • list items Science and technology for development
  • list items Strengthening health systems and capacity
  • list items Promoting global prosperity
  • list items Strengthening global peace, security, and governance
  • list items Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  • list items Access, inclusion, and opportunity
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    Documents required for the scholarship

  • list items Full transcripts detailing all higher education qualifications
  • list items Supporting statement from a proposed supervisor in the UK from at least one institution listed in the application form and has to be directly submitted by the supervisor
  • list items Proof of citizenship. If the applicant is a refugee, documents showing refugee status are required
  • list items References from two individuals are to be submitted by the referee in the online application system
  • list items The documents uploaded on the online application system must not exceed 5 MB in size and must be in any of the following formats: PDF, Doc, Docx, JPG
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    What is the application process for the Commonwealth Scholarships?

  • list items Select the country from the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission page
  • list items View the options and start the application for the specific scholarship or fellowship
  • list items Generally, candidates send their applications to a national nominating agency, a university, or select non-governmental organizations, depending on the scholarship/fellowship being applied for
  • list items The mediator will process and forward the applications to the CSC
  • Apply here for Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship

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    How to get selected for the Commonwealth Scholarships?

  • list items The National Commission of Commonwealth for India shortlists top applicants
  • list items Shortlisted candidates will face an interview. Those who clear the interview round are nominated to the CSC
  • list items The CSC will inform the selected candidates through email
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    What are the contact details of the Commonwealth Scholarships?

    For queries and concerns, students can use the contact form for Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships.

    Disclaimer: Information on this page has been sourced from multiple sites, including the official website for Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships. Readers are advised to see the source website for the most recent updates in the information presented here, such as changes in dates, facts, etc.

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    Frequently asked questions

    Can students stay in the UK after the duration of the Commonwealth funding?

    No. It is mandatory that the beneficiaries must return to their home countries after the duration of their Commonwealth scholarship or fellowship.

    What are the language requirements for Scholarships?

    Applicants for the Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships must have passed an international test for the English language, such as IELTS, TOEFL, etc., with the minimum score required for their program of study.

    What is the minimum GPA required for Scholarships?

    There is no specified minimum GPA to apply for the Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships, but it is mandatory that applicants must have excellent academic merit to be selected for Commonwealth funding.

    How to prepare for the Scholarship interview?

    The questions to be asked in the Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships interview will assess the applicant’s overall fit for the eligible type of scholarship or funding. You must be honest and give answers that align with the interests of the British Council.

    Typical questions for the interview will center around how the scholarship helps your future goals, your intentions of serving your home country after the scholarship tenure, reasons for selecting the particular program of study and university, funding options for your study in the UK, etc.

    Which are the programs eligible for Scholarships?

    The Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships are available for graduate and doctoral programs across all disciplines and for professional growth in the UK. The eligible courses include both full-time and distance learning programs for various programs of funding.