Commonwealth PhD Scholarships for Low and Middle Income Countries – United Kingdom

Applications are invited from applicants from low and middle income countries for full-time doctoral study at a UK university by the Commonwealth PhD Scholarships.

Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), providing an excellent opportunity for talented and motivated individuals to improve the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is one of the largest and highly prestigious international scholarship schemes in the world. Since it was established in 1959, 35,000 individuals have held a Commonwealth Scholarship or Fellowship – 27,000 of them were funded by the UK government, through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC).

The CSC Awards over 800 Scholarships and Fellowships for postgraduate study and professional development to Commonwealth citizens each year.

Commonwealth PhD Scholarships Scholarships are offered under six different themes required for sustainable development of Commonwealth countries:

  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


Applicants are required to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • 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 2019
  • NOT be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university before September/October 2019
  • NOT have commenced and be currently registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, in your home country or elsewhere
  • By October 2019, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship


Applicants are required to apply to one of the following nominating bodies – the CSC does not accept direct applications for these Scholarships:

Applicants are instructed to make their application through one of these nominating bodies of their respective countries. Each nominating body is responsible for its own selection process and may have additional eligibility criteria along with the mentioned requirements. You must check with your nominating body for their specific advice and rules for applying, their own eligibility criteria, and their own closing date for applications.

Applicants must make your application using the CSC’s online application system, in addition to any other application that you are required to complete by your nominating body. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the online application system.


Publish Date:
Institute Name: Commonwealth Scholarship Commission
Degree/Course: PhD
Deadline: December 19, 2018
Country: United Kingdom
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