Commonwealth Scholarships for PhD (for candidates form low and middle income countries)

Level of study
Doctoral research
Subject area
Arts and Law, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences, Social Sciences
Nationality
Cyprus, Malta, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, The, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia
Type of Award
External
Deadline for applying
Closed 19/12/2018 (Note: competition closed for this year)

Award Description

Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are for candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth PhD Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK. These scholarships are offered under six themes:

  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
  6. Access, inclusion and opportunity

Value of Award

Each scholarship provides:

  • Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependants, nor usually the cost of journeys made before your award is finally confirmed).
  • Approved tuition fees.
  • Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,084 per month, or £1,330 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area.
  • Warm clothing allowance, where applicable. 
  • Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas.
  • Provision towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas (usually the cost of one economy class return airfare to your fieldwork location), where approved. 
  • Paid mid-term visit (airfare) to your home country (unless you have claimed (or intend to claim) spouse and/or child allowances during your scholarship, or have received a return airfare to your home country for fieldwork).
  • Family allowances.

Further details regarding the scholarship value can be found on the Commonwealth Scholarships website

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person.
  • Be pernamently resident in an eligible Commonwealth county. 
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2019.
  • By October 2019, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree).
  • Not be registered form a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, as a UK university before September/October 2019. 
  • Not have commenced and be currently registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, in your home country or elsewhere. 
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship. 

How to Apply

The online application form, as well as full information regarding the application procedure, can be found on the Commonwealth Scholarships website

Website
http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/phd-scholarships-low-middle-income-countries/

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