Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme
- Level of study
- Postgraduate taught masters
- Subject area
- African Studies, Medical and Dental Sciences, Social Sciences, International Development
- Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon, Dominica, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, 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
- Type of Award
- Deadline for applying
- Closed 18/12/2019 (Note: competition closed for this year)
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 Scholarship 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 should be commencing a course in September/October 2020.
Candidates must also 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 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.
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