The Commonwealth Scholarship program funded by the UK Department for International Development is awarded to excellent students from developing countries with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development and to expand international students’ areas of interest, especially outside the shores of their country. It also seeks to sustain the high standard of education in the UK’s higher educational system of learning as well as sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.
Like other scholarships aimed at the improvement of developing countries, in which students can apply to study in any area of their choice, special preference is given to those who would study in areas where huge developments can be made in their native countries.
To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, one must meet the following requirements:
- Applicant must be a Commonwealth citizen, British protected person or refugee
- Applicant must be a permanent resident in a Commonwealth nation
- The applicant must hold either a first degree not lower than 2.1 or a relevant postgraduate qualification
- The applicant must be willing and ready to begin his/her study with the UK academic calendar
Terms and conditions for application can be found here
Like all other free-tuition scholarships, the process of selection pays heavy attention to these three criteria:
- The relevance of the academic pursuit of the applicant to the development of his/her country
- The quality of the study plan and,
- The academic merit of the applicant
Other selection criteria can be found here
Scholarship Application Process
Application for Commonwealth scholarships are processed through channels and never directly. To apply, a candidate would have to submit applications to:
- National nominating agencies – This is actually the main route of application and a list of national nominating agencies can be found here. You can also find their address and contact information there as well.
- A list of selected universities who are allowed to nominate their own staff for selection. You can the list of these selected universities/university bodies here
- Selected charity organizations and non-governmental bodies can also nominate candidates for application.
It is very important for an applicant to work closely with the nominating agency as they would provide him/her with all the support he/she needs. It is also important to submit application early.
It is also of importance to note that the applicant would have to provide other supporting documentation such as references and transcripts so that their application would be eligible for consideration. For applicants intending to study for PhD, they would be required to get a supporting statement from a proposed supervisor from at least one of the universities nominated on their application form.
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