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Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2018

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About Commonwealth Shared Scholarship

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships is offered by Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in partnership with UK Universities undertake Master Level Studies in the UK. This Scholarship is a part of The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) which was launched in 1959 and has granted scholarships to 30,000 students. Students of all communities, class should apply for the scholarship as CSC believes in promote gender equity, equal opportunity and cultural exchange. 

  • The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship is only for pursuing Masters course (usually for the 1-year course) in the UK and not for undergraduate or PhD course and is for students from developing Commonwealth countries who lack the financial ability to study in the UK. Around 55 UK universities are jointly funding Shared Scholarships with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in the United Kingdom. (The list of participating universities is given below).
  • The candidates selected for the Scholarship will be given a monthly allowance of 1,065 pounds in addition to airfare, dissertation expenses, arrival allowance and study travel expenses.

  • Type of Scholarship: Full Paid/ Partially Paid Scholarship
  • Course level: Masters level.
  • Duration of Scholarship: 1 year.
  • Country for Study: United Kingdom.
  • Course Commence: September/October 2018.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Important Dates 2018


Events Dates
Last date to apply for the scholarship 29 March 2018
Forwarding the Selected candidates to the CSC  By 30 April 2018
Result Declaration  July 2018

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Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

Gender Both
Region Commonwealth Countries 
Class/ Age Graduate students looking for Masters degree in the UK
Details
  • Students must be Commonwealth citizens, refugees, or British protected persons.
  • Must be a permanent resident in a Commonwealth country.
  • Must be ready to take up their academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2018.
  • Hold a first degree of minimum upper second class Honours or equivalent by August 2018.
  • Financial Status: Must be in a need of financial help to pay for study in the UK. The students who can finance their studies in the UK by themselves or through their family should not apply for the scholarship.
  • Should not have undertaken studies lasting one year or more in a developed country.

List of Commonwealth Countries Eligible for the Scholarship

Bangladesh

Sierra Leone

Cameroon

Solomon Islands

Ghana

Nigeria

Guyana

Pakistan

India

Papua New Guinea

Kenya

Rwanda

Kiribati

Samoa

Lesotho

Sri Lanka

Malawi

Swaziland

Mozambique

Tanzania

Uganda

Tuvalu

Vanuatu

Zambia

 

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Reward

There are a total 215 scholarships that would be given under this scholarship programme, Scholars are expected to take up the scholarship award from the date stated by the CSC when the award is confirmed.

­­Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2018 covers the following expenses:

  • Tuition and Examination fee: Tuition and examination fees will be completed funded by the CSC.
  • Travel Expenses: Student concessionary or other approved airfare to the United Kingdom and return on expiry of the Scholarship (arranged by the host university and paid by CSC)
  • Personal maintenance allowance: Students will get personal maintenance allowance of 1,065 pounds per month (1,306 pounds for studying in institutions in the London Metropolitan Area) (paid and funded by host university)
  • Dissertation Expenses: Candidates will be paid to cover the Dissertation costs (if any, funded by CSC).
  • Arrival allowance: An initial arrival allowance, including visa reimbursement where applicable (funded by the host university).
  • Study travel expenses: Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas (funded by the CSC).
  • Excess baggage allowance: Students will be paid allowance for excessive baggage as per the annual approved limit only while returning home (funded by the CSC).

Note: No other additional expense will be borne by the Host University or CSC.

Paid Employment during the tenure of Scholarship: Students will have to take prior approval if they wish to take up paid employment during the scholarship period.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Application form and Process

Candidates can apply to more than one university, but the candidate will be given only one scholarship under Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2018.

There are 55 participating universities in the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship. Some of the universities require direct application to the university whereas for others students can directly apply online on CSC Electronic Application System.

Interested students are suggested to contact the UK university for their specific advice and rules for applying, and for their own closing date for applications.

Applying through Electronic Application System (EAS)
In order to apply via EAS, students can register for a new account using their email id and begin the application process once the basic registration process is complete, visit the official website and click on the EAS Application Portal.

The following information is to be entered in order to complete the application process:

  • Application Details: Applicants should enter the details related to their Nominating Agency (University) and select the courses for which applications are to be made.
  • Personal Information: Personal Details of the candidates such as name, nationality, contact details etc. are to be mentioned.
  • Career to Date: Candidates should update the information related to their education, career and answer some questions.
  • References: Applicant should provide contact details of his/her referee so that the referee can be contacted to complete the reference submission.
  • Home Country Benefit: Applicant should provide information related to the potential contribution which they will make for the development of their home country.
  • Future Career: Details of future career plans of the applicant are to be entered in this section.
  • Attachments: The student should upload the following documents in order to complete the application process:
    • Page of Passport showing Photograph, DOB & Citizenship.
    • Transcripts of Educational certificates, certified by awarding body.
    • Offer letter from Host University in the UK.
    • Certificate of English Language Proficiency.

Commonwealth Scholarship Application Form Submission

Once the documents have been attached candidates can check the steps in the checklist and proceed for submission of the application form. Take a print out of the application form for future reference. The last date for submission of application varies from institution to institution.

Candidates can apply to more than one university, but the candidate will be given only one scholarship under Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2018.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Selection Process

Host UK universities will have to forward the list of selected candidates to the CSC by 30 April 2018.

Selection Criteria: Candidates will be selected by the host university on the basis of merit and the likely impact of their work on the development of their home country.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Result

Universities will inform the candidates about their results latest by July 2018. CSC holds the right to publish the names of the selected candidates on the CSC website. Selected candidates will be informed after CSC confirms that they meet the eligibility criteria.

Conditions for Grant of Commonwealth Scholarship to the Selected Candidates

  • In case of any plans to visit abroad (outside the UK) within the scholarship period, students are required to take prior approval. They are expected to reside in the UK during the Scholarship period.
  • Medical Report: Selected candidates will also have to submit a medical report before their scholarship is confirmed.
  • Declarations of the Citizenship: Candidates are required to sign a declaration confirming that they are nationals of a Commonwealth country and fulfil the requisite eligibility criteria.

VISA Requirements for the Selected Candidates

  • Tier 4 Visa Applicants: Tier 4 Visa to the UK is required by candidates who do not belong to EEA (European Economic Area) and Switzerland. Theyarerequiredtofulfill the criteria in order to obtain the visa:
    • They may be required to take an approved English languages test AWARDED BY Cambridge English languages test, City and Guilds International Speaking and Listening IESOL Diploma (like IELTS). 
    • They are also required to take a tuberculosis test.
  • ATAS Certificate: Some students also need to apply for Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate before applying for a visa. 

List of Host Universities and Application Dates for Commonwealth Shared Scholarship


University          

Number of awards available

Closing date

Aberystwyth University

2

23 March 2018

Bangor University

5

29 March 2018

Bath Spa University

1

29 March 2018

Bishop Grosseteste University

1

30 March 2018

Bournemouth University

2

1 April 2018

Cranfield University

9

17 April 2018

De Montfort University

2

17 April 2018

Durham University

6

5 April 2018

Edge Hill University

1

29 April 2018

Glasgow Caledonian University

2

4 April 2018

Goldsmiths University of London

1

4 April 2018

Harper Adams University

2

17 April 2018

Heriot-Watt University

8

9 April 2018

Keele University

3

30 March 2018

King's College London

5

31 March 2018

Leeds Beckett University

2

-

Liverpool Hope University

2

10 April 2018

Liverpool John Moores University

3

15 April 2018

London School of Economics and Political Science

4

21 March 2018

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

5

17 April 2018

Newcastle University

8

17 April 2018

Nottingham Trent University

6

17 April 2018

Queen Margaret University

2

17 April 2018

Queen Mary, University 

4

17 April 2018

Queen's University Belfast

3

12 April 2018

Royal Veterinary College

2

16 April 2018

Sheffield Hallam University

3

17 April 2018

SOAS, University of London

3

22 March 2018

St Mary's University

1

17 April 2018

Teesside University

5

30 March 2018

UCL (University College London)

8

12 April 2018

University of Bath

9

29 March 2018

University of Birmingham

2

31 March 2018

University of Bristol

8

3 April 2018

University of Cambridge

8

-

University of Central Lancashire

2

29 March 2018

University of East Anglia

1

13 April 2018

University of Edinburgh

7

29 March 2018

University of Exeter

6

17 April 2018

University of Glasgow

6

15 March 2018

University of Kent

1

2 April 2018

University of Leeds

9

23 March 2018

University of Leicester

3

29 March 2018

University of Liverpool

2

31 March 2018

University of Nottingham

7

17 April 2018

University of Oxford

6

17 April 2018

University of Portsmouth

3

19 March 2018

University of Reading

2

29 March 2018

University of Southampton

4

10 April 2018

University of St Andrews

2

12 April 2018

University of Stirling

7

23 March 2018

University of Strathclyde

8

30 March 2018

University of Sussex

2

29 March 2018

University of Warwick

8

13 April 2018

University of Wolverhampton

4

29 March 2018

 

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Contact Details

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission
in the UK
Woburn House
20-24 Tavistock Square
London WC1H 9HF, UK

Ph: +44 (0)207 380 6700

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