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.

Apply now for 2019/20 scholarships

Application closing date: 19 December 2018

Commonwealth Scholars at the 2017 International Scholarship 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, you must:

  • Be a Commonwealth Citizen, refugee, or British protected person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth Country
  • 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 Masters degree)
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

What subject can I study?

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

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

***The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2016

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