Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan


Commonwealth Scholarships for Masters and PhD study for developing Commonwealth country citizens

The University of Nottingham has excellent links with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and is a popular destination for Commonwealth scholarship holders.

Opening soon for 2018 entry

Commonwealth Scholars at the 2014 Scholarship Celebration
Commonwealth Scholars at the 2014 Scholarships Celebration

What are Commonwealth Scholarships?

  • The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom offers postgraduate scholarship opportunities for students from commonwealth countries around the world to study in the UK at Masters and PhD level. 
  • The scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.
  • Further information can be found on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's website.

Who can apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship?

To apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship (developing Commonwealth country citizens), you must:

  • Be a Commonwealth Citizen, refugee, or British protected person
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth Country
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2018
  • By October 2018, 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 Masters degree)

What subject can I study?

All subject areas are eligible, although the CSC’s selection criteria gives priority to applications that demonstrates the strongest relevance to development.

Full details of eligibility criteria and details of how to apply for this scholarship are available on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's website.

What do Commonwealth Scholars at Nottingham say about their experiences?

Abdul-Jalilu Ateku from Ghana, PhD International Relations and Regional Network Coordinator.  Prior to starting his PhD, Abdul-Jalilu was a tutor in political science at the University of Ghana.

"I am indeed overwhelmed by the commitment of both teaching and non-teaching staff of the University. Without this scholarship, there was absolutely no way I would have been in this world-classed university. 

I'm extremely proud to have been selected as a Regional Network Coordinator, and hope that our activities will benefit the scholars and fellows of the Midlands.  It’s really important to have a close network of contacts both professionally and socially, and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commonwealth facilitate this extremely well."


Why study at The University of Nottingham?

The University of Nottingham is a world-class university with a global reputation for academic excellence, ground-breaking research and employability:

  • Ranked as a world top 100 University*
  • Ranked 8th in the UK for research power**
  • A founder member of the UK's prestigious Russell Group
  • A truly global university with links to more than 300 partner universities in over 40 countries worldwide
  • Excellent careers support and development opportunities: find out how we can help your career
  • Award-winning campuses in a great historical city in central England, only two hours from London by train
  • A great student experience with a wide variety of student societies and sports opportunities

* QS World University Rankings

** Research Excellence Framework 2014

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