The Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2023 program offers students a fantastic opportunity to complete their higher education for free in the UK. The most gifted, exceptional, and promising students who are unable to go to the UK for studies are invited to apply for this fully-funded fellowship. The Commonwealth master’s scholarships are created in such a way as to attract students with outstanding credentials from commonwealth countries that are underdeveloped, have lower incomes, or have lower middle incomes. The scholarships are offered with the assurance of fostering equity and inclusion, a reward for merit, and accessible to underrepresented groups in mind. Without a doubt, the scholarship serves as a springboard for the applicants into a world full with possibilities and rewarding careers.
The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, which oversees and administers the primary UK Government Scholarships, is in charge of this Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Program. The CSC, on the other hand, is an executive and autonomous entity that receives direct funding from the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office. The major goals of the CSC are to carry out the UK government’s mission and to advance its vision for continuing its development commitment to the Commonwealth countries. In order to achieve this goal and defend UK national interests in addition to bringing the brightest brains to UK colleges, foreign scholarship programs have been established.
The fully-funded international student fellowship is also a turning point for other applicants as they join a community of knowledge and collaboration. Through the alumni networks, it gives the fellows the chance to communicate with current and past Commonwealth fellows. The fellows learn about other people’s theories, research, and discussions on many academic challenges from these networks, and they attempt to work collaboratively on numerous projects. The Commonwealth fellows can communicate with one another through these Knowledge Hubs and Regional Networks. Regional Networks do, however, have the chance to communicate with one another. On the other hand, the Knowledge Hubs are open to everyone and are managed by the Knowledge Hub Coordinators via Linkedin.
There are six main themes identified by the Commonwealth Scholarships. These topics support sustainable development and effectively contribute to the socioeconomic progress of the participating countries. Speaking of well-being, the Commonwealth Commission places a high priority on the candidates’ well-being because they are the assets who will help their countries become better versions of themselves. In order to help students acclimatize to their new surroundings and avoid culture shock, UKCISA offers all feasible assistance. They receive assistance in a variety of areas, including social, emergency, LGBTQ1 and other general services, etc. Additionally, thorough information about every medical emergency is provided with the help of the National Health System. This scholarship opportunity is primarily focused on the academic achievement, personal growth, and general wellbeing of students from Commonwealth nations.
Host Country: United Kingdom
Host Universities: Universities of UK (should be selected by the candidate before applying)
Degree Level: Master’s Degree Program
- The full tuition fee would be covered by the grant given by the CSC.
- A return airfare ticket will be provided.
- A monthly stipend of £1,236 will be provided.
- In case the students are studying in the London Metropolitan area universities, a monthly stipend of £1,516 will be given.
- A warm clothing allowance will be provided.
- The university will pay for the thesis cost if applicable. (Funded by CSC)
- A travel grant for costs related to the study will be given. The travel can be in the UK or overseas.
- The costs for the mandatory TB test will be reimbursed.
- The visa fee will be reimbursed.
- If you are a single parent or widowed or divorced, the first child allowance of £529 per month will be given. Also, £131 per month will be provided if you have a second or third child. The children must be under the age of 16.
- If you are disabled, a special disability grant will be provided after a full examination and assessment.
- The candidate must be a citizen of eligible Commonwealth countries or have been given refugee status by any of the given Commonwealth countries.
- The candidates who are on the list of British Protected Persons can apply.
- The candidate must be a permanent resident of a Commonwealth country.
- The candidate must hold an honors degree with first-class grades or at least an upper second-class grade, or a lower second-class grade.
- The candidate must have a relevant postgraduate qualification usually a master’s degree.
- The candidate must be able to study in Uk from September 2023.
- The candidate must not have studied or worked for one academic year in the UK or any other high-income country.
- The candidate must not be able to study in a UK university without a Commonwealth grant.
Eligible Countries for CSC Scholarship 2022:
- The Gambia
- Papua New Guinea
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands
- Sri Lanka
- The candidates have to apply online for the Commonwealth Scholarship on CW Shared Portal.
- Make sure to apply separately for the university and for the scholarship.
- The candidates must find the relevant and desired courses from the list given.
- Choose a university from the given list.
- Each university has its own eligibility and requirement. Make sure to fulfill all the UK university requirements and follow the university deadline.
- If any university does not require English Proficient Certificate, then ask the university to nominate you for the scholarship without an English language Test via email.
- The UK universities have to nominate candidates for the scholarship.
- You can apply to more than one university and more than one discipline, but you have to choose only one university and discipline if you get the scholarship.
- The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship application deadline is 13 December 2022 at 16:00 GMT.