Deadline : March 2, 2023
Applications for the 2023 Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships for applicants from Low and Middle Income countries are now open. These scholarships are funded by the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office – FCDO. The Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships aim to 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.
Applicants must be gradates who are national of one of the eligible countries, who are undertaking a PhD programme at their home University and are interested in spending a 12-month period of study at any approved UK university or higher education in the UK. The scholarships aim to widen access to UK equipment and expertise for high quality doctoral candidates from low- and middle-income Commonwealth countries. Scholarships will also contribute to UK and Commonwealth higher education and research through collaboration and partnerships.
Applicants must be High-quality graduates with a clear research proposal with a developmental focus and who have the potential to become influential teachers or researchers in their home countries. This programme rotates around the following themes
- Science and technology for development
- Strengthening health systems and capacity
- Promoting global prosperity
- Strengthening global peace, security and governance
- Strengthening resilience and response to crises
- Access, inclusion and opportunity
The Scholarship programme offers the following benefits
- Selected applicants will receive a monthly stipend worth £1,236 or £1,516 for those at universities in the London metropolitan area, to cover their daily living expenses.
- The programme will offer you coverage for airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award
- You will receive coverage for tuition fees for your selected programme at your selected university
- Selected applicant will receive Warm clothing allowance up on their arrival in the UK.
- You will also receive Study travel grant to cover costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
- Widowed, divorced, or a single parent scholars will receive a child allowance worth £529 per month for the first child, and £131 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16. These allowances will be offered only if you are accompanied by your children and they are living with you at the same address in the UK
To apply for these the scholarship programme, you must meet the following conditions.
- Scholarships are open to citizen of an eligible commonwealth country or those who have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person. (Please see full list here)
- Applicants must be permanent residents of an eligible Commonwealth country
- To be selected, you must be undertaking or planning to undertake a PhD programme at a university in an eligible Commonwealth country by September 2023.
- Candidates must posses first degree (Bachelor’s)of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard
- Applicants who posses s second-class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (Master’s) will also be considered.
- You must be facing financial constraints and prove that you are unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
- Your home university and your proposed UK university must have established institutional or departmental link
Applicants must first apply for a study stay at their preferred UK university which has a part funding agreement with the CSC. Stays are usually for a period 12 months. Please see a full list of participating Universities here
After identifying and applying to your preffered University, you must then complete and submit your application directly to the CSC using the CSC’s online application portal. To complete your application, you must submit the following docmunets
- Submit full transcripts of records for all your higher education qualifications
- In case your academic transcripts were not issued in English, submit their official translations
- Submit a Copy of your valid passport or national ID card. This must show your photograph, date of birth, and country of citizenship or if applicable, refugee status
- Request and submit a supporting statement from your supervisor at your home country university. The statement must clearly indicate the institutional link between your university and the proposed UK university
- You must also request a recommendation from at least one other individual who will submit a reference letter on your behalf directly via the online application system
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For more information, visit the official website here