Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme is a joint initiative between the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UK universities, including the University of Birmingham, to jointly support scholarships for students from developing commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the United Kingdom.
Please note that we are currently waiting to hear from the Department for International Development (DFID) about whether this scheme will be running at Birmingham in 2021/22. Further details will be published here in early February 2021.
Level of Study: Postgraduate taught masters
Subject areas eligible: African Studies, Medical and Dental Sciences, International Development
Nationalities eligible: Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon, Dominica, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
External Deadline for applying: 18 December 2019
The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme is a joint initiative between the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UK universities, including the University of Birmingham, to jointly support scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the United Kingdom.
The University of Birmingham is offering two Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for the 2020/21 academic year.
Value of Award
The award is financed jointly by the University and the DFID. The award will cover:
- Full tuition fees
- Maintenance stipend
- Air fare to and from the United Kingdom
- Immigration Health Surcharge costs
- A one-off arrival allowance payment of approximately £950
- Thesis expenses of £225
- Study travel grant up to £200
- Excess baggage allowance for books up to 10kg on the return flight
Candidates must certify that they:
- are nationals of a Commonwealth developing country, and not at present living or studying in a developed country;
- have not undertaken studies lasting one year or more in a developed country;
- are themselves, or through their families, unable to pay to study in the United Kingdom;
- agree to return to their own country to work or study as soon as the award ends. The commission will only consider requests to extend leave to remain in the UK post-award for those wishing to move from Masters to PhD study. Strict conditions will apply.
- DFID requires that the University certifies when submitting its shortlist of candidates that they are sufficiently proficient in the English language to cope with the course for which they have applied. This will normally mean that you will have to have satisfied any requirements concerning competence in the English language which are a condition of your offer of admission.
Candidates must also have been offered a place at the University of Birmingham on one of the following postgraduate programmes:
MA Africa and Development
MA African Studies
MA Social Research (African Studies)
MSc Health Economics and Health Policy
MSc Environment, Development and Politics
MSc Conflict, Statebuilding and Development
MPH Public Health
MSc Clinical Oncology
How to Apply
In order to apply for this scholarship, you must complete both of the following steps:
- Submit a Commonwealth Scholarship Commission application, you must complete the Commission's Electronic Application System (EAS). We reccommend you read all the guidance for candidates prior to completing the applicaiton.
- Complete the University's application via our online Commonwealth Shared Scholarship application form . You may submit the application form before you have received an offer from the University, however you must have secured your offer by March 2020.
Funding, Graduation & Awards
The University of Birmingham Postgraduate Funding Database entry for the Commonwealth Scholarship can be accessed here.
Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are only eligible for study at our UK campus.