Applications are submitted by qualified candidates for the Commonwealth PhD Scholarships 2023/24. Commonwealth Scholarships are for applicants from least developed and vulnerable Commonwealth countries for full-time PhD studies at a UK university.
Funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), Commonwealth PhD Scholarships contribute to the development needs of Commonwealth countries by supporting research that will have a development impact.
Scholarship Sponsors: UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
Scholarship Type: Full Financing
Host institutions: UK Universities
Scholarship Worth: See scholarship benefits (below)
Number of awards: enough
Level of education: Master’s degree (PhD)
Nationality: Commonwealth countries
Commonwealth PhD Scholarships 2023/24 | Eligibility criteria
To be considered for Commonwealth PhD Scholarships 2023/24, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be a citizen or have been granted refugee status from an eligible Commonwealth country or be a British Protected Person.
- Be a permanent resident of an eligible Commonwealth country.
- Be available to start academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September 2023.
- By September 2023, hold at least an upper second class first degree (2:1) or a second class degree (2:2) and a relevant postgraduate degree (usually a master’s degree).
- You have NOT enrolled for a PhD or a degree leading to a PhD at a UK university or your home country before September/October 2023.
- You cannot afford to study in the UK without this scholarship.
- Have submitted all supporting documents in the required format
- Approved air tickets from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award (CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependents, or the cost of travel undertaken before your award is confirmed).
- Approved fees: full fees are covered by an agreement between CSC and the UK university and scholars are not responsible for paying any part of the fees.
- Allowance (living allowance) at a rate of £1,236 per month or £1,516 per month for universities in the London metropolitan area (rates are at current levels).
- Warm clothing allowance, where applicable.
- Study Travel Grant for travel costs related to studies within the UK or abroad.
- Provision for the cost of fieldwork conducted abroad (the cost of a return economy class airline ticket to the location of your fieldwork), where approved.
- Paid intermediate visit (airfare) to your home country, unless you have claimed or intend to claim and/or child benefits during your fellowship or have received a return air ticket to your home country for fieldwork.
- Family allowances, as follows (rates quoted at current levels):
- If you are accompanied by your spouse but no children: spousal benefit of £266 per month for a maximum period of nine months if you and your spouse live together at the same address in the UK (unless your spouse is also in receipt of a grant; other conditions apply ).
- If you are accompanied by your spouse and children: spousal benefit of £266 per month and child benefit of £266 per month for the first child and £131 per month for the second and third children under 16, if your spouse and the children live with you at the same address in the UK (unless your spouse is also in receipt of a grant; other conditions also apply).
- If you are accompanied by your children but without a spouse: child benefit of £529 per month for the first child and £131 per month for the second and third children under 16 if your children live with you UK address
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How to apply: Interested applicants for the Commonwealth PhD Scholarships 2023/24 must complete an online application using CSC’s online application system. Applicants must apply to one of the following nominating agencies as well as to the CSC. Nominations will then submit candidates to the CSC.
Each nominating organization oversees its own selection process and may have additional eligibility criteria. Applicants should contact the nominating service for specific advice and application rules, as well as their own eligibility criteria. Nominations can set their own deadline for applications.
- Proof that the applicant is a citizen or has refugee status in an eligible Commonwealth country: a copy of a valid passport (or national identity card) showing photograph, date of birth and country of citizenship
- Full transcripts detailing all higher education qualifications, including up to date transcripts for all courses currently being studied, with certified translations if not in English
- References by at least two people on institution letterhead
- Supporting statement on institutional letterhead from a proposed supervisor in the UK from at least one of the institutions listed on the application form.
Application deadline: 18 October 2022 at 16:00 GMT.
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