Distance Learning Scholarships at UK Universities for Developing Commonwealth Countries

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The Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships offer students from developing Commonwealth countries the opportunity to study for a UK Master’s degree while living and working in their home country.

Established in 2002, the scholarship scheme is part of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) and UK Department for International Development (DFID) commitment to exploring new methods of scholarship delivery.

Rather than offering these scholarships directly to students, the CSC works with UK universities to identify appropriate courses and recruit candidates. To date, it has funded courses at over 20 UK institutions, awarding over 1,000 scholarships to students from across the developing Commonwealth.

Eligibility
To apply for these scholarships, candidates must:

  • Be a citizen of a developing Commonwealth country (see below), refugee, or British protected person; and
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country (see below); and
  • Hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard. A lower qualification and sufficient relevant experience may be considered in certain cases.

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships may not be held concurrently for more than one course.

If selected for a scholarship, candidates must be resident in a developing Commonwealth country and must not undertake study towards any other qualification for the duration of their award.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
When submitting their application to the CSC, all candidates must provide at least one reference and hold an offer to start their chosen course of study in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Selection criteria:

  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country

DEADLINES:
The closing date for the submission of all applications for 2016/17 Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships is 12 May 2017 at 23.59GMT.

PLEASE NOTE:
Universities must put forward their selected candidates to the CSC by 9 June 2017. The CSC will then confirm that these candidates meet the eligibility criteria for this scheme. Universities will inform candidates of their results by August 2017.

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