Funding brief: Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are for candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university.
Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth PhD 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. These scholarships are offered under six themes:
● 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
Criteria: Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:
● Academic merit of the candidate
● Quality of the plan of study
● Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country
Choosing a university/course: You may find the following resources useful when researching your choices of institution and course of study in the UK:
● Study UK– British Council website, with guidance for international students and a course and institution search
● Postgrad.com– information for postgraduate students, with a course search
● Prospects– information on postgraduate study in the UK
● Research Excellent Framework 2014 results– results of a system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions
● UCAS Postgraduate– guidance on how to find and apply for a postgraduate course
● Unistats– the official website for comparing UK higher education course data
● UKCISA(UK Council for International Student Affairs) – advice for international students on choosing a course of study
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Donor Name: Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC)
Funding name: Commonwealth PhD Scholarships (for low and middle income countries)
Deadline: All applications must be submitted by 16:00 (GMT) on 19th, December, 2018 at the latest.
Funding details link: Click to view
Funding limit: Not found
Project start date: Not found
Project duration: N//A
Eligible organization: As below
Eligibility: To apply for these scholarships, you must:
● 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/October 2019
● By October 2019, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
● NOT be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university before September/October 2019
● NOT have commenced and be currently registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, in your home country or elsewhere
● Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
● The CSC aims to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make change. They are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination, and encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates. For further information on the support available to candidates with a disability, see the CSC disability support statement.
● The CSC is committed to administering and managing its scholarships and fellowships in a fair and transparent manner. For further information, see the CSC anti-fraud policy and the DFID guidance on reporting fraud.
Eligible Country: Eligible Commonwealth countries-Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon, Dominica, Eswatini, Fiji, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada,Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, 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, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia
Submission mail: Not found
How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).
Your application must include the following supporting documentation, by 16:00 (GMT) on 4th, January, 2019 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:
● Proof of citizenship or refugee status – uploaded to the online application system
● Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications (with certified translations if not in English) – uploaded to the online application system
● References from at least two individuals – submitted directly by the referees to the online application system (referees will be sent an email request)
● Supporting statement from a proposed supervisor in the UK from at least one of the institutions named on your application form – submitted directly by your proposed supervisor to the online application system (supervisors will be sent an email request).
● Supporting documentation uploaded to the online application system must be uploaded as files which are no more than 5 MB in size and must be in one of the following formats: PDF, .doc, .docx, .odt, .jpg, .jpeg . Files submitted in any other format (including Zip files and PDF Portfolios) will NOT be accepted.
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