COMMONWEALTH DISTANCE LEARNING SCHOLARSHIP FOR MASTER’S STUDENTS – FULLY FUNDED

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The Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship programme is one of three master’s programmes offered by the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission.

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) provides the UK government scholarship scheme led by international development objectives. It operates within the framework of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) and offers a vivid demonstration of the UK’s enduring commitment to the Commonwealth. By attracting individuals with outstanding talent and identifiable potential from all backgrounds and supporting them to become leaders and innovators upon returning to their home countries, the CSC’s work combines sustainable development with the UK national interest and provides opportunities for international partnerships and collaboration.

Purpose: Funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to access training and skills required for sustainable development not available in their home countries.

Intended beneficiaries: Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are for candidates from eligible low- and middle-income Commonwealth countries to undertake part-time taught Master’s studies with UK universities while remaining in their home countries.

Eligible countries

Please see the list of eligible countries below, as stated in the DAC listpublished in January 2022.

Bangladesh
Belize
Botswana
Cameroon
Dominica
Eswatini
Fiji
Gabon
Ghana
Grenada
Guyana
India
Jamaica
Kenya
Kiribati
Lesotho
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mauritius
Montserrat
Mozambique
Namibia
Nauru
Nigeria
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
Saint Helena
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Tanzania
The Gambia
Togo
Tonga
Tuvalu
Uganda
Vanuatu
Zambia

How to apply

Applications for Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships for the 2024–25 academic year are now open. The deadline forsubmitting an application is 16:00 GMT onThursday, March 28, 2024. The scholarships are for study beginning in September/October 2024.

Applications to the CSC must be made using the CSC’sonline application system.

The CSC is unable to accept any applications or documentation not submitted via the online application system.

Applicants must apply and secure admission to study an approved Master’s course at a participating UK universityin additionto applying for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship via the CSC’s online application system.

Applicants can apply for more than one course and to more than one university, but they may only accept one offer of a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship. Please note that Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are only for Master’s courses and not for undergraduate or PhD study.

Please check with the chosen university for their specific advice on when to apply, admission requirements, and rules for applying.

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship applications will be shared with UK universities, who will nominate their chosen applicants to receive a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship in May 2024. The CSC will then check that the applicants who have been nominated meet the CSC’s eligibility criteria. Universities will inform applicants if they have successfully been awarded a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship in July 2024.

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