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Commonwealth Scholarships: Everything to Know

Harsh Ranjan      September 18, 2023

The Commonwealth Scholarship is a well-known international programme open to international students from Belgium, India, Malaysia, and Bangladesh. The British Council offers a merit-based scholarship called the Commonwealth Scholarship. The Commonwealth Scholarship programme is designed for international students in financial need who want to study in the United Kingdom.


The program provides scholarships for postgraduate study or professional development to citizens of Commonwealth countries. It is funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP), which was established in 1959 as a way to promote international cooperation and understanding through education.
 

The scholarships are awarded to outstanding individuals who have the potential to become leaders in their field, and who can contribute to the development of their home countries. The program covers a wide range of disciplines, including science and technology, social sciences, humanities, and arts.
 

The Commonwealth Scholarship covers tuition fees, airfare to and from the United Kingdom (or other countries where the scholarship is tenable), a stipend for living expenses, and other allowances. The scholarship can be used for study at universities in the United Kingdom, and other Commonwealth countries.
 

This particular scholarship’s charm is no less than a genie out of Aladdin's bottle for it commits to aid students from all over the commonwealth who would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the UK. Future innovators and leaders are supported by this programme for it commits to cover their tuition fees, travel expenses and a lot more!  In addition to assisting sustainable development abroad, this scholarship has been marvellously successful in drawing exceptional talent to UK institutions. 

 

The scholarship has enrolled over 800 students in postgraduate and doctoral programmes. The Commonwealth Scholarship is the most popular programme in the United Kingdom. It is appropriate for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programmes.

 

Students must be citizens of a Commonwealth country to apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship. The applicant for the scholarship must have a first degree of at least upper second-class standard (or equivalent), and be able to demonstrate that they would benefit from the program. The selection process is highly competitive, and candidates are assessed based on their academic achievements, work experience, leadership qualities, and potential to contribute to their home countries. 

 

The Commonwealth Scholarship financial grant is available for the duration of the course.


Importance and Impact of the Programme

 

The Commonwealth Scholarship is an important program for several reasons:
 

  1. Promoting international cooperation and understanding: The scholarship promotes international cooperation and understanding by providing students with the opportunity to study in other Commonwealth countries. This can help to build bridges between nations and promote mutual understanding.
     
  2. Supporting development: The scholarship supports the development of Commonwealth countries by providing funding for students to pursue postgraduate study or professional development in a wide range of fields. This can help to build capacity in key areas and contribute to the development of human resources.
     
  3. Investing in future leaders: The scholarship invests in the development of future leaders by supporting outstanding individuals who have the potential to make a significant contribution to their home countries. This can help to build a pool of skilled and knowledgeable individuals who can lead their countries towards a more prosperous future.
     
  4. Fostering innovation and creativity: The scholarship can help to foster innovation and creativity by providing students with access to world-class research facilities and academic resources. This can help them to develop new ideas and solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems.
     
  5. Strengthening the Commonwealth: The scholarship strengthens the ties between Commonwealth countries by promoting collaboration and exchange. This can help to build stronger relationships between nations and promote a sense of shared purpose.


 

The impact of the Commonwealth Scholarship on a student's education can be significant. Here are a few ways in which the scholarship can have a positive effect:
 

  1. Access to high-quality education: The scholarship provides students with access to some of the best universities in the world. This means that they can benefit from world-class teaching, research facilities, and academic resources.
     
  2. Financial support: The scholarship covers tuition fees, airfare, and living expenses, which can significantly reduce the financial burden of studying overseas. This allows students to focus on their studies without having to worry about financial constraints.
     
  3. Professional development: The scholarship can help students develop their skills and knowledge in their chosen field of study. This can enhance their career prospects and make them more competitive in the job market.
     
  4. Cultural exchange: Studying overseas allows students to immerse themselves in a new culture and gain a global perspective. This can broaden their horizons and help them develop a deeper understanding of different cultures and ways of life.
     
  5. Networking opportunities: The scholarship program provides students with the opportunity to connect with other students and professionals from around the world. This can help them build a network of contacts that can be valuable throughout their career.

Overall, the Commonwealth Scholarship can provide students with a unique educational experience that can help them develop academically, professionally, and personally.


Purpose of the Programme


The purpose of the Commonwealth Scholarship is to promote international cooperation and understanding by providing students from Commonwealth countries with the opportunity to study overseas. The scholarship is designed to support outstanding individuals who have the potential to become leaders in their field and who can contribute to the development of their home countries.

The Commonwealth Scholarship has several key objectives, including:
 

  1. To provide access to high-quality education: The scholarship aims to provide students with access to some of the best universities in the world. This can help to ensure that students receive a high-quality education that can prepare them for leadership roles in their home countries.
     
  2. To support the development of human resources: The scholarship aims to support the development of human resources in Commonwealth countries by providing funding for postgraduate study or professional development. This can help to build capacity in key areas and contribute to the development of human resources in the Commonwealth.
     
  3. To promote collaboration and exchange: The scholarship aims to promote collaboration and exchange between Commonwealth countries. By providing students with the opportunity to study overseas, the scholarship can help to build relationships and promote mutual understanding between nations.
     
  4. To invest in future leaders: The scholarship aims to invest in the development of future leaders by supporting outstanding individuals who have the potential to make a significant contribution to their home countries. This can help to ensure that there is a pool of skilled and knowledgeable individuals who can lead their countries towards a more prosperous future.

Overall, the purpose of the Commonwealth Scholarship is to support the development of individuals and nations, foster collaboration and exchange, and invest in the future leaders of the Commonwealth.


Eligibility to apply for Commonwealth Scholarships 

 

  • Citizenship: You must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country. Some scholarships are only open to citizens of specific Commonwealth countries, so you should check the eligibility criteria carefully before applying. You will still be considered eligible if you are a refugee or a British-protected person.

     
  • Academic qualifications: You must have completed a degree equivalent to a UK Bachelor's degree with at least upper second-class honours (2:1). If you intend to pursue a PhD, you will also need the required master's degree. Some scholarships may require higher academic qualifications, so you should check the eligibility criteria carefully before applying.

 

  • Language proficiency: You must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Some scholarships may require a minimum score on an English language proficiency test such as IELTS or TOEFL, so you should check the eligibility criteria carefully before applying.

 

  • Professional experience: Some scholarships may require that you have relevant work experience in your field of study. 

 

  • Age: Some scholarships may have an age limit for applicants. 


 

Finally, without the scholarship, you should lack by any means to pay for education in the UK.


Every year, the CSC distributes around 800 scholarships for postgraduate study and professional growth. Although there are no restrictions on what you can study, the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission prefers applicants whose degrees are most related to their growth objectives. 

 

How to Apply for Commonwealth Scholarship?
 

Depending on the scholarship, you may need to submit an application through a National Nominating Agency, a university, or a Non-Governmental Organization.

 

Please visit the CSC apply page to learn how to apply for each of the scholarships.

 

The application process for the Commonwealth Scholarship can vary depending on the specific scholarship and the country where you plan to study. However, in general, the application process usually involves the following steps:
 

  1. Research: The first step in the application process is to research the Commonwealth Scholarships available in your country of origin and the country where you plan to study. You can find information about the scholarships and the application process on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website.
     
  2. Check eligibility: Before applying, you should carefully review the eligibility criteria for the scholarship you are interested in to ensure that you meet all the requirements.
     
  3. Prepare your application: The application requirements can vary depending on the specific scholarship, but generally, you will need to provide academic transcripts, proof of language proficiency, a personal statement, and letters of reference. Some scholarships may require additional documents, such as a research proposal or a CV.
     
  4. Submit your application: You will need to submit your application through the online application system, which is available on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website. Some scholarships may require that you submit a hard copy of your application as well, so you should check the application requirements carefully.
     
  5. Selection process: After the application deadline has passed, the selection process begins. This can involve a review of the application materials, interviews, and other assessments.
     
  6. Notification: If you are selected for the scholarship, you will be notified by email or through the online application system. You will then need to accept the offer and provide any additional documentation required by the scholarship.

It is important to note that the application process can be highly competitive, so it is essential to carefully prepare your application and ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements.

What documents do I need to submit?

 

The specific documents you need to submit for a Commonwealth Scholarship can vary depending on the scholarship and the country where you plan to study. However, in general, you will need to submit the following documents:
 

  1. Academic transcripts: You will need to provide academic transcripts from all of the universities you have attended. These transcripts should show the grades you have received for each course.
     
  2. Passport copy: You will need to provide a scanned copy of your passport as well.
     
  3. Proof of language proficiency: You will need to provide proof of your proficiency in English. This can be in the form of an English language test score (such as IELTS or TOEFL) or a letter from your university stating that your previous degree was taught in English.
     
  4. Personal statement: You will need to write a personal statement explaining why you are applying for the scholarship, what you hope to achieve with the scholarship, and how it will benefit you and your home country.
     
  5. Letters of reference: You will need to provide letters of reference from at least two people who can comment on your academic and professional abilities.
     
  6. Research proposal: Some scholarships may require you to provide a research proposal if you are applying for a research-based degree.
     
  7. CV or resume: Some scholarships may require you to provide a CV or resume outlining your academic and professional experience.

It is important to carefully review the application requirements for the specific scholarship you are interested in to ensure that you provide all the required documents. You should also ensure that your documents are properly certified and translated (if necessary) before submitting your application.


What kinds of awards are there?


The Commonwealth Scholarships Commission provides the following scholarships:

 

Scholarships

Eligibility

Selection Process

Financial Assistance

Commonwealth PhD Fellowships
  • Be a permanent resident of a Commonwealth country.
     
  • Be ready to begin academic studies in the UK by the beginning of the UK academic year in September 2023.
     
  • Hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honors standard, or a second class degree (2:2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (typically a Master's degree)* by September 2023.


 

  • The candidate's academic standing.

     
  • The study plan's quality.

     
  • Potential impact on the candidate's home country's development.
  • Flights from your home country to the UK and back at the end of your award 
     
  • Full tuition fees are covered by an agreement between the CSC and the UK university
     
  • Living allowance of £1,236 per month, 
     
  • Allowance for warm clothing, if applicable
     
  • Study travel grant to help with the cost of studying in the UK 
Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships
  • Be a permanent resident of an eligible Commonwealth country
     
  • Be enrolled in a PhD programme at an eligible Commonwealth university by the time your scholarship begins (September 2023)
     
  • Check for an institutional or departmental link between your home university and your proposed UK university. This connection must be more than just a collaboration between individuals.
  • The candidate's academic standing.

     
  • The study plan's quality.

     
  • Potential impact on the candidate's home country's development.
  • Flights from your home country to the UK and back at the end of your award.
     
  •  Accepted tuition fees.

    A monthly stipend (living allowance) of £1,133, or £1,390 for those attending universities in the London metropolitan area.
Commonwealth Master's Awards
  • Be a permanent resident of a Commonwealth country.
     
  • Be ready to begin academic studies in the UK by the beginning of the UK academic year in September 2023.
     
  • Hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree (2:2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (typically a Master's degree)* by September 2023.
  • The candidate's academic standing.

     
  • The study plan's quality.

 

  • Potential impact on the candidate's home country's development.

 

 

  • Flights from your home country to the UK and back at the end of your award 
     
  • Full tuition fees are covered by an agreement between the CSC and the UK university.

     
  • Stipend (living allowance) of £1,236 per month, or £1,516 for those attending universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at current levels)
     
  • Allowance for warm clothing.
     
  • A thesis grant to help with the costs of writing a thesis or dissertation.

Other Scholarships are as follows- 


Fellowships for Commonwealth Professionals


Fellowships for Commonwealth Professionals are a type of scholarship that support mid-career professionals from developing Commonwealth countries to spend time in the UK on a program of professional development. The fellowships are funded by the UK government and aim to help mid-career professionals to develop new skills and knowledge that they can take back to their home countries and use to contribute to their countries development.

The fellowships cover the following expenses:
 

  1. Return airfare to the UK
  2. Stipend (living allowance) to cover accommodation and other living expenses
  3. Training and course fees
  4. Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK
     

The fellowships are usually for two to three months but can be longer in some cases. During their time in the UK, fellows will participate in a program of professional development that includes work placements, training courses, and networking opportunities. The specific activities will depend on the fellow's area of expertise and the needs of their home country.
 

To be eligible for a Fellowship for Commonwealth Professionals, you must be a citizen of a developing Commonwealth country and must be employed in a professional capacity in a sector relevant to the fellowship. You must also have at least five years of relevant work experience, and must not have previously studied for a degree in a developed country. Additionally, you must be able to demonstrate how the fellowship will benefit your professional development and contribute to the development of your home country.

The application process for Fellowships for Commonwealth Professionals usually opens in the summer and closes in the fall. You can apply through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's online application system.
 

Commonwealth PhD Scholarships for High-Income Individuals
 

The Commonwealth PhD Scholarships for High-Income Individuals is not a separate scholarship program. In general, the Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are designed to support students from developing Commonwealth countries who want to pursue a three- or four-year PhD degree program in any discipline in a Commonwealth country.
 

However, the eligibility criteria for the Commonwealth PhD Scholarships differ for high-income individuals than for other applicants. High-income individuals are defined as those who are citizens of Commonwealth countries but are also residents in a high-income country at the time of application. For the scholarship, high-income countries are defined as those with a Gross National Income (GNI) per capita of $12,535 or more.
 

To be eligible for a Commonwealth PhD Scholarship as a high-income individual, you must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country and be resident in a high-income country at the time of application. You must also hold a first degree of at least upper second-class (2:1) standard, or a second-class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification. Additionally, you must be able to demonstrate a commitment to contributing to the development of your home country after completing your studies.
 

The application process for Commonwealth PhD Scholarships usually opens in the fall and closes in the winter or spring, depending on the country. You can apply through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's online application system.

 

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are a type of scholarship designed for students from developing Commonwealth countries who want to pursue Master's degree programs in certain subject areas at participating UK universities. The scholarships are funded by the UK government and aim to contribute to the development needs of Commonwealth countries by supporting talented and motivated students who would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the UK.

The Commonwealth Shared Scholarships cover the following expenses:
 

  1. Tuition fees
  2. Airfare to and from the UK
  3. Stipend (living allowance) to cover accommodation and other living expenses
  4. Thesis grant (if applicable)
  5. Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
     

The following subject areas are eligible for Commonwealth Shared Scholarships:
 

  1. Science and technology for development
  2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Strengthening global peace, security, and governance
  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
     

To be eligible for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, you must be a citizen of a developing Commonwealth country and must not be currently living or studying in a developed country. You must also hold a first degree of at least upper second-class (2:1) standard, or a second-class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification. Additionally, you must be able to demonstrate a commitment to contributing to the development of your home country after completing your studies.
 

The application process for Commonwealth Shared Scholarships usually opens in December or January and closes in March or April. You can apply through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's online application system.
 

Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowships

Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowships are a type of scholarship that support highly skilled researchers from developing Commonwealth countries to spend time in the UK on a program of research and collaboration. The fellowships are funded by the UK government and aim to help researchers to develop new skills and knowledge that they can take back to their home countries and use to contribute to their countries development.

The fellowships cover the following expenses:
 

  1. Return airfare to the UK
  2. Stipend (living allowance) to cover accommodation and other living expenses
  3. Research and training cost
  4. Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK
     

The fellowships are usually for a period of one to two years but can be longer in some cases. During their time in the UK, fellows will work on a research project with a UK host institution and collaborate with researchers in their field. The specific activities will depend on the fellow's area of expertise and the needs of their home country.
 

To be eligible for a Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowship, you must be a citizen of a developing Commonwealth country and must have completed a PhD within the last 10 years, or have equivalent research experience. You must also be employed in a research or teaching capacity in a university or research institution in your home country, and must not have previously worked in the UK for more than six months. Additionally, you must be able to demonstrate how the fellowship will benefit your research and contribute to the development of your home country.
 

The application process for Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowships usually opens in the fall and closes in the winter or spring, depending on the country. You can apply through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's online application system.

Key Deadline of the Application Process

 

The deadlines for Commonwealth Scholarships vary depending on the specific scholarship program and the country offering the scholarship. However, here are some general deadlines to keep in mind:
 

  1. Commonwealth Shared Scholarships: The application deadline for this scholarship is usually in March or April, depending on the country offering the scholarship.
     
  2. Commonwealth Masters Scholarships: The application deadline for this scholarship is usually in October or November, depending on the country offering the scholarship.
     
  3. Commonwealth PhD Scholarships: The application deadline for this scholarship is usually in October or November, depending on the country offering the scholarship.
     
  4. Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships: The application deadline for this scholarship is usually in October or November, depending on the country offering the scholarship.
     
  5. Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowships: The application deadline for this fellowship is usually in December or January, depending on the year.
     

It's important to note that these deadlines are subject to change, so it's best to check the website of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission or the relevant country's scholarship agency for the most up-to-date information on application deadlines. Additionally, it's recommended to start the application process early to allow enough time to gather all the required documentation and submit a strong application.

 

Benefits of the Scholarship
 

The Commonwealth Scholarship program offers several benefits to students and professionals from developing Commonwealth countries. Some of the key benefits of the Commonwealth Scholarship include:
 

  1. Access to world-class education: The scholarship provides students with the opportunity to study at some of the best universities in the world, including in the UK, Canada, and Australia. This allows them to access high-quality education and training that may not be available in their home countries.
     
  2. Financial support: The scholarship covers tuition fees, travel costs, and living expenses, which can help to reduce the financial burden of studying abroad.
     
  3. Professional development: The scholarship provides opportunities for mid-career professionals to gain new skills and knowledge that they can use to contribute to the development of their home countries. This can include work placements, training courses, and networking opportunities.
     
  4. Cultural exchange: Studying or working abroad through the Commonwealth Scholarship program provides an opportunity for students and professionals to experience different cultures and ways of life, which can broaden their perspectives and promote cross-cultural understanding.
     
  5. Networking opportunities: The scholarship provides opportunities for students and professionals to meet and network with other scholars from different countries and disciplines. This can lead to collaborations and partnerships that can benefit their future careers.
     
  6. Contribution to development: By supporting education and professional development in developing Commonwealth countries, the scholarship program helps to build human capital and promote sustainable development.

 

Tips to prepare a successful application

 

Preparing a successful application for a Commonwealth Scholarship requires careful planning and attention to detail. Here are some tips to help you prepare a strong application:
 

  1. Research the scholarship: Before you start your application, make sure you understand the scholarship's eligibility criteria, application requirements, and selection process. Read through the application guidelines and any other relevant information to ensure you meet the criteria and understand what is expected of you.
     
  2. Start early: Give yourself plenty of time to prepare your application. Start gathering the required documentation and filling out the application forms well in advance of the deadline.
     
  3. Write a strong personal statement: The personal statement is an important part of your application, as it allows you to explain why you are applying for the scholarship and how it will help you achieve your goals. Make sure your personal statement is clear, concise, and well-written, and emphasizes your relevant skills, experience, and achievements.
     
  4. Choose your referees carefully: Your referees will play an important role in supporting your application, so choose individuals who can speak to your academic or professional abilities and can provide a positive and detailed recommendation. Make sure to provide your referees with sufficient time to prepare their recommendation letters.
     
  5. Emphasize your contribution to development: Many Commonwealth Scholarships aim to support individuals who will contribute to the development of their home country or region. Therefore, it's important to highlight how you plan to use your scholarship to make a positive impact in your field or community.
     
  6. Proofread your application: Before submitting your application, make sure to proofread it carefully for spelling and grammar errors, and ensure that you have included all required documentation.
     
  7. Be prepared for an interview: Some scholarship programs require applicants to participate in an interview as part of the selection process. If you are invited to an interview, prepare carefully by researching the scholarship program, practicing your responses to common interview questions, and dressing appropriately.
     

By following these tips, you can increase your chances of submitting a strong and competitive application for a Commonwealth Scholarship.

 

How to Get a Student Visa in the United Kingdom?

 

Getting a student visa to study in the United Kingdom (UK) involves several steps and requirements. The specific process may vary depending on your nationality and the type of course you plan to pursue. As of my last knowledge update in September 2021, here are the general steps to obtain a student visa for the UK. Please note that immigration policies can change, so it's essential to check the most up-to-date information on the official UK government website or consult with the UK embassy or consulate in your home country for the latest requirements and procedures.
 

Choose a Course and Institution:

First, you need to choose a recognized educational institution in the UK and decide on the course you want to study. Ensure that the institution is on the list of licensed sponsors for international students.

Apply and Get Accepted:

Apply for admission to your chosen course and institution. You will need to meet their academic and English language proficiency requirements.


Receive a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS):

Once you are accepted, the institution will issue a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). This is a vital document required for your visa application. It contains a unique reference number, details of your course, and information about your financial sponsorship (if applicable).


Finances:

You'll need to show that you have enough funds to cover your tuition fees, living expenses, and any healthcare fees. The amount may vary depending on your circumstances, so check the current financial requirements on the official UK government website.


Online Visa Application:

Complete the online visa application form on the official UK government website (gov.uk). You will need to create an account, fill out the application form (the type of visa is usually Tier 4 or Student Visa), and pay the application fee.


Biometrics and Visa Application Center:

After submitting the online application, you'll need to schedule an appointment at a Visa Application Center (VAC) or attend a biometric appointment to provide your biometric information, including fingerprints and photographs.


Supporting Documents:

Prepare the required supporting documents, which typically include your passport, CAS, proof of finances, and evidence of your academic qualifications and English language proficiency.


Attend an Interview (if required):

Some applicants may be asked to attend an interview at their local UK embassy or consulate.


Visa Decision:

After submitting your application and attending the biometric appointment, you'll have to wait for a decision on your visa application. Processing times can vary, so apply well in advance of your intended travel date.


Visa Issuance:

If your application is approved, you will receive a vignette (sticker) in your passport, which will allow you to enter the UK. Be sure to check the dates and conditions on the visa vignette.


Collect Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP):

Within 10 days of arriving in the UK, you must collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from a designated Post Office.

 

FAQS

 

Ques 1. What are the benefits of Commonwealth Scholarships? 


 Ans. 1. Students are given economy-class airline tickets twice. Once when they begin the programme, and again when they complete it and return to their home country.

2. The scholarship provides a monthly child allowance of GBP 465 for the first child. The scholarship provides GBP 114 to the second and third child who is under the age of 16.

3. Financial assistance and support

4. Woollen clothing allowance for all students during the winter season.

5. For scholarships lasting 18 months, a spouse allowance of about 233 GBP per month is offered.  

 

Ques 2. What is the eligibility criterion for the bachelor’s programme in Commonwealth Scholarships? 


Ans. 1. Students must have completed their final year of upper school or class 12th from a recognised board of study.

2. They should be no older than 40 years.


3. They should be able to study even if no scholarships are available.


4. Students must be citizens or permanent residents of developing Commonwealth countries such as Belgium, Bangladesh, India, and Malaysia.


Ques 3. What is the eligibility criterion for the master’s programme in Commonwealth Scholarships? 


Ans. 1. Students must be Commonwealth citizens or permanent residents.


2. There are no age restrictions. However, the maximum age is 40.


3. Students should not enroll in any master's programme at a foreign university.


4. Students interested in studying abroad or participating in training programmes can apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship.


5. Students should be able to study in the UK even if they do not receive a scholarship.


6. Students applying for a Commonwealth Scholarship for a master's degree must have a three-year bachelor's degree from a recognised board of study.


7. The minimum required score for social science subjects is 60% and 65% for science.

 

Ques 4. Can I still receive a scholarship if I already receive financial assistance from another source?

Ans. Scholars are generally permitted to receive support or financial assistance from other sources while enrolled in the program. This includes, but is not limited to, earnings from employers, assistance from other Government and scholarships from educational and training providers.


Scholars of the Commonwealth Scholarships Program cannot receive scholarship funds from the Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships program (unless there is a demonstrated need, such as severe financial hardship).

 

Ques 5. Who handles Commonwealth Scholarships in India? 

Ans. The Commonwealth Scholarship in India is handled by the following governing bodies:

  • The British Council
  • Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India
  • Commonwealth Scholarship Commission

 

Ques 6. Who handles the selection process of scholarships in India? 


Ans. The selection process for this scholarship in India is usually done by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.  The CSC offers the scholarship to students whose research interest lies in one of these fields:

  • Science and Technology for development
  • Strengthening health systems and capacity
  • Promoting global prosperity
  • Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  • Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  • Access, inclusion and opportunity


P.S. You should apply for this scholarship if you intend to pursue a master's or a PhD in one of these research areas because it will not only pay your tuition costs and allow you to study abroad, but it will also introduce you to the wealth of research and employment opportunities available in these areas.


Ques 7. What are the different types of scholarships offered?  

Ans. The Commonwealth Scholarships Commission provides the following:
 

  1. Commonwealth Doctoral Fellowships
  2. Split-Site Commonwealth Scholarships
  3. Commonwealth Graduate Fellowships
  4. Shared Commonwealth Scholarships
  5. Commonwealth Distance Education Awards
  6. Commonwealth Doctoral Fellowships
  7. Fellowships in Commonwealth Medicine
  8. Professional Commonwealth Fellowships



Ques 8. When is the application deadline?


Ans. Annual application deadlines are usually in December. Check the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website for dates when they are announced for 2023-24 on the page of the scholarship you are interested in.

 

Ques 9. How much is the Commonwealth monthly stipend?

 

Ans. The monthly stipend provided by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and other agencies offering Commonwealth Scholarships varies depending on the specific scholarship program and the country of study. In general, the stipend is intended to cover the cost-of-living expenses, including accommodation, food, transportation, and other basic needs.

For example, the monthly stipend for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship is typically around £1,110 per month for Master's degree programs, and £1,362 per month for PhD programs. The exact amount of the stipend may vary depending on the location and cost of living in the country of study.

It's important to note that the stipend is intended to supplement, rather than fully cover, the cost-of-living expenses. Therefore, scholarship recipients are encouraged to budget carefully and consider alternative sources of funding, such as part-time work or additional scholarships.

 

Ques 10. How many people get Commonwealth Scholarship from India?
 

Ans. The number of Commonwealth Scholarships awarded to Indian students each year varies depending on the specific scholarship program and the number of scholarships available. However, India is one of the largest contributors to the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan, which means that a significant number of scholarships are awarded to Indian students each year.
 

For example, in 2021, the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission awarded a total of 57 Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships to students from India, across various scholarship programs such as Commonwealth Masters Scholarships, Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships, and Commonwealth PhD Scholarships. This number may vary from year to year, depending on the availability of scholarships and the number of applicants.
 

It's important to note that the selection process for Commonwealth Scholarships is highly competitive, and the number of scholarships awarded to each country is often based on a range of factors, including the quality of the applicants and the priorities of the scholarship program.

 

If you are interested in pursuing higher education or professional development opportunities, applying for a Commonwealth Scholarship could be a great way to achieve your goals.
 

If you are interested in applying for a Commonwealth Scholarship, take some time to research the available programs and eligibility requirements, and start preparing your application well in advance of the deadline. Remember that the application process is highly competitive, so it's important to put your best foot forward and emphasize your strengths, achievements, and potential to make a positive contribution to your field and community.


We hope this blog helped you become acquainted with Commonwealth scholarships. Do you want to study in the United Kingdom? 


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Harsh Ranjan
Harsh Ranjan

Digital Mktg. Manager

A seasoned marketer with the ability to craft narratives that elevate brands and drive volume. Harsh loves researching, finding new ways to connect with potential audiences

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