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.
Level of Study: Postgraduate taught masters
Subject areas eligible: African Studies, Medical and Dental Sciences - see below for the list of eligible courses
Nationalities eligible: Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon, Dominica, Eswatini, Fiji, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia
External Deadline for applying: 16:00 (BST) on 13 December 2022
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 2023/24 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
- Thesis expenses
- Study travel grant
Full details of the award are listed on the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship website.
Candidates must certify that they:
- Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
- Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth countryBe available to start their academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September 2023
- By September 2023, hold a first degree of at least upper second-class (2:1) honours standard, or a lower second-class degree (2:2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
- Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high-income country
- Be unable to afford to study in the UK university without this Scholarship
- Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format
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 Social Research (African Studies)
MSc Clinical Oncology
MSc Respiratory Medicine
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 recommend you read all the guidance for candidates prior to completing the applicaiton.
- Have made an application to study one of the approved programmes at the Univerity of Birmingham
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.