Commonwealth (DFID) Shared Scholarship Scheme



The April 2015 deadline has now passed this entry will be updated as soon as possible.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are offered by the CSC in partnership with UK universities. These scholarships are intended for students from developing countries who would not otherwise be able to afford to undertake Master’s level study in the UK, to gain skills and knowledge which will allow them to contribute to the development of their home countries.

Levels and subjects of study
Shared Scholarships are for taught Masters’ courses only; awards will not be made for undergraduate or PhD study, and will not cover any pre-sessional English language teaching.

Candidates can apply to study subjects related to the development of their home country at participating UK universities only.

List of participating universities and eligible courses

Shared Scholarships are usually tenable for one-year Master’s courses only.

Funding information


Fees, travel and maintenance

Number of awards per year:

150-200 per year

Funding applies to:
International (non-EU) applicants
Funding notes:

Commonwealth countries only

Funding duration:

up to 2 years

Contacts and how to apply

Administrative contact and how to apply:

All applications must be made through your host UK university. You must check with them in the first instance for specific advice on how to make an application and for their own closing date.
All Commonwealth Shared Scholarship candidates must be selected and put forward to the CSC by their host UK university, and must submit their application to the CSC using our Electronic Application System (EAS).
Candidates must apply for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship using one of two methods, as instructed by the university:

Via university: Applying to the university in the first instance using the university’s own application form. If selected, candidates will then be asked to submit an application to the CSC using the EAS. Any applications made via the EAS only and not directly to the university first will not be considered.

EAS only: Applying to both the university and the CSC at the same time using the EAS.

Each university has its own closing date for applications. Any applications received after this date will be deemed ineligible.

The table on pages 5-6 of the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2015 prospectus indicates the method of application and closing date for each university.

Candidates may apply to more than one university, but only one offer of a Shared Scholarship may be accepted.
Full help on how to apply using the EAS is provided in our guides, which should be read in full before making any attempt to use the EAS.

The EAS will close to applicants on 16 April 2015 and no further applications can be submitted after that date. Candidates should note that most university closing dates fall before 16 April and you must submit your application by the date advised by the university to which you are applying.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme
Commonwealth Scholarship Commission
c/o Association of Commonwealth Universities
Woburn House, 20-24 Tavistock Square
London WC1H 9HF

Telephone : 44 (0) 207 380 6700
Fax : 44 (0) 207 387 2655
E-Mail :

Deadline notes:

Usually April/May. See participating Institutions.