Sunday, August 18, 2013

2014 Commonwealth Scholarships for Developing Countries – Masters and PhD

2014 Applications are now open for the CSC Commonwealth Scholarships for Masters and PhD students from developing Commonwealth countries to study in UK, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

Accepted Subject Areas:
All subject areas are eligible, although the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to applications that demonstrate strong relevance to development.

Levels of study:
You can apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship for the following levels of study:
Master’s (from 2013, the CSC funds one-year Master’s courses only), PhD, and split-site-PhD (where the CSC supports one year’s study at a UK university as part of a PhD being undertaken in your home country)
You are requested to apply for a course of study at a UK university with which the CSC has a part funding agreement.

About the Scholarship
Each year, the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission invites each nominating agency, university or university body to forward a specific number of nominations for the commonwealth scholarship for developing countries. Each nominating agency/university/university body is responsible for its own selection process, and in most cases they will set a closing date in the months preceding the CSC’s deadline for nominations (17 December 2013).
There is a nominating agency for Commonwealth Scholarships in each Commonwealth country. In addition, universities and university bodies in a number of developing Commonwealth countries are invited to nominate candidates to the CSC.

Scholarship Type: Masters and PhD Scholarship for developing Countries

Selection Criteria
Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:
  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Quality of the proposal
  • Likely impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country.

Number of Scholarships: Approximately 300 scholarships are awarded each year. The CSC invites around three times more nominations than scholarships available – therefore, nominated candidates are not guaranteed to get a scholarship. There are no quotas for scholarships for any individual country. Candidates nominated by national nominating agencies are in competition with those nominated by universities/university bodies, and the same standards will be applied to applications made through either channel.

Duration of Scholarships: For the duration of the programme.

Eligible Countries: Developing commonwealth countries including African countries
To be taken at: UK Universities

Application Deadline: The EAS will close to applicants on 3rd December 2013 and no further applications can be made after that date.

How to Apply: All applications must be made through your nominating agency (or university/university body, if applicable) in your home country. You must check with them in the first instance for specific advice on how to make an application and for their own closing date. The CSC cannot accept any applications direct from candidates.

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) and UK Department for International Development (DFID).

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  1. This is a wonderful job here.pls sir I need info on the nominating agencies handling this commonwealth scholarship or how do I go about it as a Nigerian.

  2. the nominating agency for nigeria is the federal scholarship board.

  3. Please how do i go about the application as a Nigerian? Do i just send an email to the Nominating agency?

    Thank you

  4. if the nominating agency in Nigeria is the federal scholarship board,forget about it. they already have their people that will be nominated. for it to be free and fair the scholarship should allow everyone to apply individually and let the commonwealth organization select themselves. I work with a govt agency and i know how this things work, even I as a government worker is deprived of my own benefits how much more an international one

  5. I know of someone who applied last year and got it on merit. Its a matter of luck. Cheers.

  6. the website is not opening. any particular reason for that? does anyone know the right web address please?

  7. pls, how do i know if i am nominated by the federal scholarship board?tnx

  8. pls how do iknow if I am nominated by the federal scholarship board as a Nigerian

  9. Please, when will FSB start accepting application? i have been sending the agency email yet no reply. its even as if their site is just a statue. they are still advertising bilateral scholarship, when commonwealth has been on for over a month.


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