Commonwealth Masters Scholarships 2022
Commonwealth Masters Scholarships 2022: See how to apply for Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships 2022, deadline for application, eligibility, requirements and more details about the fully funded scholarship.
For its 2022/2023 Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) is now taking applications from individuals from qualifying Commonwealth countries.
Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships are for full-time Master’s study at a UK university for students from low and middle-income Commonwealth countries.
Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships, funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), enable outstanding and motivated students to achieve the knowledge and skills essential for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who would not be able to study in the UK otherwise.
These scholarships are divided into six categories:
- 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
Eligibility Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships
- 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 available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September 2022;
- By September 2022, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree (2:2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree). The CSC would not normally fund a second UK Master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you will need to provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study;
- Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship;
- Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format.
Eligible Countries for the Commonwealth Masters Scholarships
Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon, Dominica, Eswatini, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Helena, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tanzania, The Gambia, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia
Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships Benefits
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 dependents, nor the cost of journeys made before your award is confirmed).
- Approved tuition fees.
- Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,133 per month, or £1,390 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2021-2022 levels).
- Warm clothing allowance, where applicable.
- Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, 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 £485 per month for the first child, and £120 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 (rates quoted at 2021-2022 levels).
- If you declare a disability, a full assessment of your needs and eligibility for additional financial support will be offered by the CSC. The CSC’s family allowances are intended to only be used as a contribution towards the cost of maintaining your family in the UK. The true costs are likely to be considerably higher. You must be able to supplement these allowances to support any family members who come to the UK with you.
Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships Selection Criteria
Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:
- Academic merit of the candidate
- Quality of the plan of study
- Potential impact on the development of the candidate’s home country
How to Apply for Commonwealth Masters Scholarships
The CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships, thus you must first apply to one of the following nominating bodies:
- National nominating agencies – this is the main route of application
- Selected non-governmental organisations and charitable bodies
NB: Each nominating organization is in charge of its own selection procedure, which may include extra eligibility requirements. Check with your nominating body for detailed application guidelines and restrictions, as well as their own qualifying criteria and application deadlines.
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