Commonwealth PhD Scholarship

PhD scholarships for students from the Commonwealth

The application deadline has now passed

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

What are Commonwealth PhD Scholarships?

Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)-funded awards that enable students from least developed countries and fragile States to undertake full-time doctoral study at a UK university.

These awards are for high-calibre graduates with the potential to undertake world-class research of a developmental nature, and to become influential leaders, teachers, or researchers in their home countries. They cover approved tuition fees, approved airfare, and a living allowance stipend, amongst other financial assistance. Full details are on the Commonwealth website.

Subject areas

Scholarships are offered under six themes:

  • Science and technology for development
  • Strengthening health systems and capacity
  • Promoting global prosperity
  • Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  • Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  • Access, inclusion and opportunity


This scheme is now open for applications for 2024/25 academic year.

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 2024
  • by September 2024, hold or be predicted to gain a first degree of at least 2:1 honours standard or a 2:2 degree with a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a masters degree)
  • be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
  • provide Commonwealth with all supporting documents in the required format
  • not be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD at a UK university or in your home country before September/October 2024

See the Commonwealth Scholarships website for full details of the scholarships available and their eligibility criteria.

How to apply

Applications for 2024/25 entry Commonwealth PhD Scholarships close on Tuesday 17 October 2023 at 5pm BST (4pm GMT).

You must apply for a full-time PhD course before applying for this scholarship. Search for courses and find out how to apply.

Apply for the scholarship through the Commonwealth Scholarships website.

I am the founder and CEO of Kente Master Limited, a social enterprise producing high quality original kente fabric products. I applied for the Chevening Scholarship as the perfect fit to help me expand my business across the world and empower more kente weavers in Ghana.
Peter Paul Akanko, studying Msc Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Management
Commonwealth Scholarships website


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