Commonwealth Distance-Learning Scholarships 2024/2025 for Students from Developing Countries


Introduction to the Commonwealth Distance-Learning Scholarships

Applications are now welcome for the Commonwealth Distance-Learning Scholarships 2024/2025 for students from developing countries. Candidates from lower-middle-class and least-developed Commonwealth nations are eligible to apply for the Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships, which are available for part-time Master’s degree programs offered by UK universities via distance learning.

These scholarships provide full tuition fees, a return airfare to the UK, a living allowance, and accommodation costs. The scholarships are open to candidates from all countries in the Commonwealth, regardless of gender or age.

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are available to nationals of a few Commonwealth developing nations. These scholarships, which support excellence in UK higher education and uphold the Commonwealth’s principles, are funded by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) in support of the UK’s international development goals and broader overseas interests.

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

Eligible Countries

Bangladesh, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ghana, Guyana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, The Gambia, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia

Eligibility Criteria

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
  • Hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard; a lower qualification and sufficient relevant experience may be considered in certain cases
  • Be unable to afford to study your chosen course without this scholarship.

The CSC aims to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make change. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination and encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates.

Selection Criteria

The selection criteria for the candidate’s evaluation process take into consideration two significant factors. Firstly, the academic merit of the candidate is assessed, which includes evaluating their academic achievements, research work, publications, awards, and recognitions. Secondly, the potential impact of the candidate’s work on the development of their home country is evaluated. This involves analyzing the candidate’s proposed plan of action in their home country and how it can contribute to the betterment of their community. The selection committee considers both of these factors to choose the most deserving candidate for the opportunity.

How to Apply

The CSC’s online application form is now open.

  • You should apply to study an eligible Master’s course at a UK university participating in the Distance Learning scheme.
  • You must also secure admission to your course in addition to applying for a distance learning scholarship. You must check with your chosen university for their specific advice on when to apply, admission requirements, and rules for applying. You 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 chosen university. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the online application system.
  • You can apply for more than one course and to more than one university, but you may only accept one offer of a distance learning scholarship.

Note that it is important to go through all the application requirements on the program page (see link below) before applying. Keep in mind that the deadline for applications is March 28, 2024. So hurry now and click the link below to apply.

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