Commonwealth Scholarship - One of the most renowned scholarships programmes in the world, the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is an international scholarship programme under which Commonwealth governments offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commonwealth countries.

Established in 1959 at the first Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers, the scholarship awards aspirants with exceptional talent and potential across a vast range of fields.

 

Aspirants from India can mainly avail the Commonwealth scholarship in three countries. They are: United Kingdom, New Zealand and Singapore

 

Commonwealth scholarship in the UK

The Commonwealth scholarship in UK is managed by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. The scholarships are funded by the Department for International Development, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Scottish Government, in conjunction with UK universities. Under this scheme, candidates can be nominated by the national scholarship agency i.e., Ministry of Human Resource Development. Universities of the Commonwealth countries can also nominate the candidates but only for PhD study.

 

Q: What does the Commonwealth scholarship in UK cover?
The Commonwealth scholarship in UK covers the following programs:

  1. Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study at a UK university

  2. Split-site Scholarships for split-site PhD study at a UK university

  3. Shared Scholarships for Master’s study at selected UK universities

  4. Distance Learning Scholarships to study UK Master’s degree courses in your home country

  5. Academic Fellowships for early career academics to spend time at a UK university

  6. Professional Fellowships for mid-career professionals to spend time at a UK host organisation

  7. Medical Fellowships for doctors and dentists to spend time at a UK hospital.

However, the scholarship will only be offered at a UK university with which the CSC has a part funding agreement.

CLICK HERE to get the list of UK universities

 

The scholarship covers the following

  • 12 months’ support towards completion of a full-time taught postgraduate qualification at an eligible UK institution.

  • Up to 36 months’ support towards completion of a full-time doctoral postgraduate qualification at an eligible UK institution.

  • Partial or full concession on airfare to UK and from the country on the completion of the course.

  • A personal maintenance allowance at the rate of £977 a month or £1,208 a month for those studying at institutions in the London Metropolitan area

  • A paid mid-term fare to their home country for scholars on three year doctoral awards.

  • Expenses on preparing a thesis wherever applicable.

  • Reimbursement of visa fee wherever applicable.

Eligibility for Commonwealth Scholarship

There are some basic eligibility criteria you need to consider before applying for the Commonwealth scholarship. They are:

  • Be a Commonwealth citizen

  • Should be commencing your academic studies in the United Kingdom by the start of a new UK academic year in September/October.

  • Should be holding a degree of upper second class Honours standard or above; or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification

  • As is required for a UK student visa, candidates from India should apply for a Tier 4 visa and will be required to take an approved English language test and/or be screened for tuberculosis in order to obtain their visa.

  • The  Scholarship can also be terminated due to unsatisfactory conduct, progress or attendance.

When and how to apply

Application to the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan has to be made through the Electronic Application System.

Keep the points below in mind:

  1. The nominating agency should be processing your application electronically.

  2. Here’s what the nomination agency can do:

    A. Use EAS to select and nominate candidates to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC)

    B. Select candidates through their application procedures and then ask these selected candidates to complete an application using the EAS.

Deadline:  The general deadline for most study scholarship is around December. However, the deadline also depends on the university you are applying to.

Click here to know the deadlines for all programmes

 

New Zealand Commonwealth scholarship

The Commonwealth scholarship programme in New Zealand is funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme while the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade manages the scholarship programme.

The scholarship will only be offered at select universities in New Zealand through Universities New Zealand.

The Universities are:

  • The University of Auckland

  • Auckland University of Technology

  • Waikato University

  • Massey University

  • Victoria University of Wellington

  • Canterbury University

  • Lincoln University

  • Otago University

Q: What does the Commonwealth scholarship in New Zealand cover?
In New Zealand, the Commonwealth scholarship are for postgraduate study at Masters or PhD level only and generally covers the given areas:

  1. Agribusiness

  2. Renewable energy

  3. Disaster risk management

  4. Public sector management

The scholarship covers the following

  • Tuition and enrollment fees of candidates

  • Air fare at the start and end of the scholarship

  • Cost of applying for the visa.

  • Compulsory costs at the university

  • An allowance of NZ$1,500 for Postgraduate research and thesis.

  • Establishment allowance of around NZ$3,000

  • Living expenses of more than NZ$20,000

 

Eligibility for Commonwealth Scholarship

There are some basic eligibility criteria you need to consider before applying for the Commonwealth scholarship. They are:

  1. Be a citizen of a Commonwealth country
  2. Should have applied for a Master’s or PhD level study at one of the mentioned New Zealand universities.

When and how to apply

An invitation is sent to the nominating agencies of the respective countries to nominate candidates. The nominating agency also sets the closing date for applications for their country.

The nominating agency in case of India is the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

 

To enquire at the nominating agency contact:
Under Secretary (ES)
Ministry of Human Resource Development
Department of Higher Education
Shastri Bhavan
New Delhi 110 115

 

Singapore Commonwealth scholarship

In Singapore, the Commonwealth Scholarship is offered through the National University of Singapore. Two scholarships are offered at the Graduate School of Integrative Sciences and Engineering, specifically, to pursue PhD research.

The scholarship covers the following

  • Monthly stipend of S$3,200 up to 4 years of the PhD studies, or up to date of graduation, whichever is earlier.

  • Other allowances, including

  • Computer allowance

  • Book allowance

  • Conference allowance.

Eligibility for Commonwealth Scholarship

In order to avail the Commonwealth scholarship, it is a must that students commit to PhD from the beginning  and do not leave the programme  with an MSc.

Below are the eligibility criteria:

  1. You should be a citizen of a Commonwealth country.

  2. You should meet the requirements of National Graduate School  

  3. You should show interest in cross-disciplinary research in science, engineering, computing and related aspects of medicine.

  4. Graduates with at least 2nd Upper Honours, or equivalent qualifications.

  5. GRE score  

  6. TOEFL score

However, you should know that the award is renewable only if you have an academic performance of CAP ≥ 3.8 at the end of every semester.

 

When and how to apply

The application process will be in synchronisation with the NGS scholarships.

The applications, generally, open by September beginning and close by November.

You have to fill the application form online and send the printed copy of the form to the university by post.

For enquiries contact: ngsenquiry@nus.edu.sg

 

Also Read:

What are the suitable scholarships to study abroad?

Scholarships for engineering students to study abroad

Major scholarships for management courses abroad

 

 

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