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.

Applications for Commonwealth Scholarships in 2020-21 are now closed.

Commonwealth scholars at the 2017 international scholarship celebration

What are Commonwealth Scholarships?

  • The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK 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 2020
  • By October 2020, hold a first degree of at least upper-second-class (2:1) honours standard, or a lower-second-class (2:2) 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 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 professional and social contacts, 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:

Why study with us?


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