Commonwealth Shared Scholarships
Commonwealth Scholarship Commission
Deadline:  20th December

Msc Applied Economics,Msc Diplomacy & International Security,Msc Entrepreneurship, Innovation And Technology,Msc Environmental Engineering,Msc Offshore Wind Energy,Msc Sustainable Engineering: Renewable Energy Systems And The Environment
Bangladesh,Cameroon,Faroe Islands,Gambia,Ghana,Guyana,India,Kenya,Kiribati,Lesotho,Malawi,Mozambique,Nigeria,Pakistan,Papua New Guinea,Rwanda,Samoa,Sierra Leone,Solomon Islands,Sri Lanka,Tanzania,Tuvalu,Uganda,Vanuatu,Zambia
M.Sc. (Master of Science),M.A (Master of Arts)
United Kingdom

Scholarship Overview

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are for candidates from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time Master’s study on selected courses, jointly supported by UK universities.

Funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Commonwealth Shared Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.

The aim of the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS) is to assist students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. The scheme allows them to benefit from postgraduate study at a university in the United Kingdom which will help them to contribute toward the development of their home countries.

Awards are for taught Master's programmes only, subjects must be related to the economic, social and technological development of a candidate's country.


Further Information

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

Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:

  • Academic merit
  • Quality of Study Plan
  • Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate's home country. 



  • To apply for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, applicants  must: 
    • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a 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 2022
    • By September 2022, hold a first degree of at least upper second-class (2:1) honours standard, or a lower second-class degree (2:2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree).
    • Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high-income country
    • Be unable to afford to study at a UK university without this scholarship

How To Apply

  • Application process
    • Applicants must make their application using the CSC's Electronic Application System (EAS)
  • Selection process
    • Each participating UK University conducts its own recruitment process to select a specified number of candidates for Shared Scholarships. They put forward their selected candidates in April each year. The CSC then confirms whether the selected students meet the eligibility criteria for this scheme, and they inform candidates of their results by July of each year

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for Commonwealth Scholarship?

To apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship, you must be a citizen or permanent resident of a Commonwealth country. You will still be eligible if you are a refugee or British protected person. You also need to have an undergraduate honours degree of at least upper second class (2:1).

What are Commonwealth Scholarships?

The Commonwealth Scholarships Program is awarding young Australians up to $13,000, to study a vocational education and training (VET) qualification and complete a paid internship.

When can I apply for Commonwealth Scholarship?

What is the deadline for applications? Annual deadlines for applications are usually in December. Check the page of the scholarship you are interested in at the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website to see dates when they are announced for 2021-22.

How do I apply for the LSE scholarship?

Where application for the scholarship is via LSE, and unless otherwise specified, you must complete the online LSE Graduate Financial Support Application form, which is available on the Graduate Admissions' web tracker system once you apply for admission.

When can I apply for Commonwealth Scholarship 2021?

Candidates are required to apply online at the following portals: Ministry of Education portal: Link for commonwealth scholarship 2021 application portal: The portal would be active from 24 December 2020 to 21 February