Commonwealth Scholarships by Durham University for Masters and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries. These scholarships are funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), 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.
It operates within the framework of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) and offers a vivid demonstration of the UK’s enduring commitment to the Commonwealth.
By attracting individuals with outstanding talent and identifiable potential from all backgrounds and supporting them to become leaders and innovators on returning to their home countries, the CSC’s work combines sustainable development with the UK national interest and provides opportunities for international partnerships and collaboration.
Eligibility for Commonwealth Scholarships
- 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 academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September 2023
- By September 2023, 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
- Not sure if you’re eligible Contact us for advice.
How to apply
- Submit an academic application to Durham University. Provide evidence of your Commonwealth Scholarship application to colleagues in our admission service via Durham University Applicant Portal
- Submit an online scholarship application via the following websites: Masters Scholarships or PhD Scholarships
Benefits of Commonwealth Scholarships
- 12 months support towards completion of a full-time taught postgraduate qualification at an eligible UK institution. Please note that the Commission offers do not cover MBA programmes
- Up to 36 months support towards completion of a full-time doctoral postgraduate qualification at an eligible UK institution