Through MHRD Portal: 7 February 2018
Through EAS Portal: 22 February 2018
Commonwealth Scholarship for Master’s and PhD in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries under Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is one of the largest and most prestigious scholarship schemes for international study in the world. The Indian candidates have to apply through MHRD which will send the nominations of around 65 candidates which includes 26 candidates for Ph.D. The scholarship would be granted to 25-30 candidates from India. The candidates will also have to apply to individual universities apart from the common application form. Commonwealth Scholarship for Master's and PhD is a fully funded scheme to study in UK Universities.
These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and candidates can apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship for the following levels of study:
Commonwealth Ph.D. Scholarship (3-4 yr course)
Selected candidates will receive support for 36 months till the completion of a three-year full-time doctoral postgraduate qualification at an eligible UK university
Commonwealth Master's Scholarship (1 yr course)
Selected candidates will receive support for 12 months till the completion of a full-time taught postgraduate qualification at an eligible UK university.
The candidates must take the necessary steps to secure admission to their preferred universities in advance of their scholarship application as many courses have strict admission deadlines.
|Category||No. of Scholarship|
|For PhD Course||26|
|For Master Course||39|
|Last date for online application in MHRD India||7 February 2018|
|Last date for application through EAS||22 February 2018|
|Announcement of the candidates shortlisted for Interview||15 February 2018|
|Interview Dates (Tentative)||First week of March 2018|
|Region||Developing Commonwealth Countries|
|Class/ Age||Undergraduate and Postgraduate|
For Master's Degree: Candidate should hold or expect to hold Bachelor's Degree by October 2018 securing minimum 60% marks in Social Science subjects and 65% marks in Science subjects.
For PhD Degree: Candidate should secure or expect to secure Master's Degree by October 2018 securing minimum 60% marks in Social Science subjects and 65% marks in Science subjects.
English language Requirement
The CSC does not require any candidates to take an IELTS (English language) test. Applicants should note, however, that, as a further condition of award, they may be required by their university to provide evidence of a particular level of English language proficiency
Not Eligible: Applications of candidates who are staying abroad will not be considered.
A Commonwealth Scholarship covers fees, fares, and personal maintenance. Each selected candidate will be provided with the following benefits
The application form of Commonwealth Scholarship for Master’s and PhD will be filled through online mode. Candidates can fill the online application form either from MHRD Portal or EAS Portal. Interested candidates can click on the following link to fill the application form.
Click here to Apply from MHRD Portal
Click here to Apply from EAS Portal
The candidates have to apply to study at Master’s/PhD level at a UK university with which the CSC has a part funding agreement.
CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships. However, candidates are required to apply via any one of the following nominating bodies in the first instance:
All applications must be made through the nominating body in applicants country.
The candidates of India have to apply to MHRD as well as directly to the CSC. It is compulsory for the candidates to apply at both the application portal before the due date. While making the application the candidate has to take care of the following points
Application 1: To Ministry: Candidates in India have to apply to the ministry of HRD
Application 2: CSC's Electronic Application System
Application 3: To the Individual Institute: Candidates have to submit independent applications directly to the preferred institution well in advance. At the time of nomination, it is not compulsory to provide the offer letter from the institute in the UK.
The duly filled in application form must be submitted to and endorsed by one of the approved nominating bodies listed above.
Note: Application in more than one subject and one course will lead to disqualification of the candidature.
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|Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering||Robotics|
|Computer Applications/Computer Science||Aerospace engineering/Aeronautics|
|Civil Engineering/Architecture||Material Science|
|Mining Engineering||Marine Engineering|
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Deputy Educational Adviser
Ministry of Human Resource Development
Department of Higher Education
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Kasturba Gandhi Marg
New Delhi 110 001
Tel: +91 11 2338 4501
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Interview: Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of the application received. Thereafter the shortlisted candidates will be called for interview.Based on merit the nomination will be made. The nomination will then be sent to Commonwealth Commission for the final selection
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