Commonwealth Scholarships - Now Open for Applications!

Commonwealth Scholarships are available each year to fund Commonwealth citizens’ study in the UK for undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. 

The University of Wolverhampton offer a range of Commonwealth scholarship schemes:

  • Commonwealth Shared Scholarship
  • Split site PhD Scholarship
  • PhD Scholarship
  • Masters Scholarship
  • Undergraduate Scholarship

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship:

The Commonwealth Shared Scholarships was set up by the Department for International Development (DFID) in 1986, it represents a unique partnership between the United Kingdom government and the UK Universities.  To date more than 3,500 students from developing Commonwealth Countries have been awarded Shared Scholarships.

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 Department for International Development (DFID), 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. 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

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Split site PhD Scholarship

Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships are for PhD candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, to spend up to 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Split-site 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.

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 are now open for 2020

To apply for these scholarships:

  • 12 months study at a UK university as part of an applicant’s doctoral studies in their home country, starting in October 2020
  • Applicants who are registered (or will be registered by September 2020) for a PhD at a university in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Study at a UK university with which your home university has an established institutional or departmental link
  • Study at a UK university which has a part funding agreement with the CSC.

Eligible Commonwealth countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon, Dominica, Eswatini, Fiji, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Helena. St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tanzania, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia

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PhD Scholarship

Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are for candidates from least developed countries and fragile states in the Commonwealth, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth PhD 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. 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 are now open for 2020

To apply for these scholarships, you 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/October 2020
  • By September 2020, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2.1) honours standard, or a second class degree (2.2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree). 
  • NOT be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, in your home country or elsewhere
  • Have support of a potential supervisor from at least one UK university listed in your application form
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
  • Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format

Eligible Commonwealth countries

Bangladesh, Cameroon, The Gambia, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Tanzania, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia

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Master's Scholarship

Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships are for candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time Master’s study at a UK university.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Master’s 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.

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 are now open for 2020

To apply for these scholarships, you 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/October 2020
  • By September 2020, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2.1) honours standard, or a second class degree (2.2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree).  The CSC would not normally fund a second UK Master’s degree.  If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you will need to provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study.
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
  • Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format

Eligible Commonwealth countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon Dominica, Eswatini, Fiji ,The Gambia ,Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia ,Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone ,Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Helena, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tanzania, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia

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Undergraduate Scholarship

Commonwealth Undergraduate Scholarships are for candidates from St Helena and the Seychelles, for full-time undergraduate study at a UK university. These eligible countries have either no or only recently-established undergraduate degree provision.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Undergraduate 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.

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

Please click here for additional information.

Current Commonwealth Shared Scholarship students

The University of Wolverhampton is proud to host Commonwealth Scholars in studying for a postgraduate degree in the United Kingdom.  The University has been awarded four Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for 2018/9.

The postgraduate Master in Public Health received one award which was successfully awarded to:

Toyyib Oladimeji Abdulkareem from Nigeria

“As a Youth Champion and Health Advocate, the Scholarship is a confluence of opportunities for me.  I will get to study an MPH Public Health program with a focus on the social perspectives of health. I look forward to developing my expertise and network in and out of classrooms as well as networking with the Non-communicable diseases community in the UK. This scholarship will better position me to influence policies and increase the health indices in different communities.”

The postgraduate Master of Science in Health and Social Care received three awards which were successfully awarded to:

Mary Ogwuma Ogaga from Nigeria

”Being granted the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship to study in the University of Wolverhampton is an opportunity of a lifetime.  It is a chance to get high-quality education in one of the UK's universities, renowned for high academic standards and research excellence.  It will give me room to interact with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.  I will be able to learn more about these cultures, work as a team, and collaborate with like-minded individuals.  This will no doubt open my mind to new perspectives and broaden my network of friends.  But most importantly, I will be equipped with the skills and knowledge that I can apply in developing sustainable solutions to some of the health and social inadequacies in my country.”

Eugnia Agnes Gillette from Ghana

"Being granted the scholarship by Commonwealth to study at the University of Wolverhampton serves as a privileged platform in reshaping my intellect and to unlock my potentials for practicing social health care professionally for global benefit".

Muhammad Awais Paracha from Pakistan

“I had heard a lot about Commonwealth Scholarship opportunities and trying for a while to get it but I never thought that I will actually secure a position at the University of Wolverhampton. Studying in Wolverhampton at postgraduate level is real opportunity and I have been warmly welcomed”