2021 Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship For International Students

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Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are offered for citizens of certain developing Commonwealth countries. These scholarships are funded by the Foreign Commonwealth and 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.

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Purpose: To contribute to the development needs of Commonwealth countries by providing training for skilled and qualified professionals in key development areas.

Intended beneficiaries: High-quality postgraduate students who wish to access training not available in their home countries, who wish or need to remain in their home country while they study, and who have the potential to enhance the development of their home countries with the knowledge and leadership skills they acquire.

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Scholarship Details

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those unable to study in the UK for financial and other reasons.

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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
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Scholarship Requirements

To be eligible for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship, candidates should:

  • 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 the programme 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. For further information on the support available to candidates with a disability, see the CSC disability support statement.

The CSC is committed to administering and managing its scholarships and fellowships in a fair and transparent manner. For further information, see the CSC anti-fraud policy and the FCDO guidance on reporting fraud.

The CSC is committed proactively to safeguard and promote the welfare of our beneficiaries, and to protect its staff, Commissioners, beneficiaries and all those with whom the CSC comes into contact. The CSC requires staff, members of the Commission, applicants for and recipients of CSC awards and suppliers to act consistently with its requirements for safeguarding. Applicants should note the CSC’s Safeguarding Policy which sets out the obligation for staff, members of the Commission, applicants for and recipients of CSC awards and suppliers to act consistently with its requirements for safeguarding.

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Eligible courses

Please see under the six CSC development themes:

  • Access, inclusion and opportunity
  • Promoting global prosperity
  • Science and technology for development
  • Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  • Strengthening health systems and capacity
  • Strengthening resilience and responses to crises

1. Access, inclusion and opportunity

  • University of Southampton – MSc Neonatology
  • Eligible Countries: All eligible countries

2. Promoting global prosperity

  • No courses are available under this theme.

3. Science and technology for development

  • Bangor University – MSc Tropical Forestry, MSc Agroforestry and Food Security
  • Eligible countries: Ghana | Guyana | India | Kenya | Lesotho | Malawi | Mozambique | Nigeria | Rwanda | Sierra Leone | Sri Lanka | Tanzania | The Gambia | Uganda | Zambia
  • Ulster University – MSc Environmental Toxicology & Pollution Monitoring
  • Eligible Countries: ALL
  • University of Edinburgh – MSc Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health, MSc Conservation Medicine, MSc Global Health and Infectious Disease, MSc International Animal Health, MSc International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law, MSc One Health
  • Eligible Countries: Bangladesh | Cameroon | Ghana | India | Kenya | Lesotho | Malawi | Mozambique | Nigeria | Pakistan | Rwanda | Sierra Leone | Sri Lanka | Eswatini | Tanzania | The Gambia | Uganda | Zambia
  • University of Manchester – MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development
  • Eligible Countries: All
  • University of St Andrews – MSc Sustainable Aquaculture
  • Eligible Countries: All

4. Strengthening Global Peace, Security and Governance

  • University of Birmingham – MSc International Development (Conflict, Security and Development)
  • Eligible countries: ALL
  • University of Oxford – MSt in International Human Rights Law
  • Eligible countries: ALL

Please note: Only those who have been invited by The University of Oxford can apply for a Commonwealth scholarship.

5. Strengthening Health Systems and Capacity

  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine – MSc Global Health
  • Eligible Countries: Bangladesh | Cameroon | Guyana | India | Kenya | Kiribati | Lesotho | Malawi | Mozambique | Pakistan | Papua New Guinea | Rwanda | Samoa | Sierra Leone | Solomon Islands | Sri Lanka | Eswatini | Tanzania | The Gambia | Tuvalu | Uganda | Vanuatu | Zambia
  • Queen Mary, University of London – MSc Cancer and Clinical Oncology, MSc Cancer and Therapeutics, MSc Emergency and Resuscitation Medicine, MSc Endocrinology and Diabetes, MSc Gastroenterology, MSc Orthopaedic Trauma Science, MSc Trauma Sciences (Military and Humanitarian)
  • Eligible Countries: ALL
  • The University of Manchester – Master of Public Health
  • Eligible Countries: Kenya| Nigeria| Tanzania| Uganda
  • University of Dundee – MSc Nursing
  • Eligible Countries: Bangladesh | Cameroon | Ghana | India | Kenya | Nigeria | Pakistan | Sierra Leone | Sri Lanka
  • University of Dundee – MSc Infection Prevention and Control
  • Eligible Countries: Bangladesh | Cameroon | Ghana | India | Kenya | Nigeria | Pakistan | Sierra Leone | Sri Lanka
  • University of Edinburgh – MSc Clinical Education, MSc Global Challenges, MSc Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Master of Public Health, Master of Family Medicine, MSc Surgical Sciences, ChM in General Surgery, ChM Trauma & Orthopaedics, ChM in Urology, ChM in Vascular & Endovascular Surgery
  • Eligible Countries: ALL
  • University of Edinburgh – MSc in the Clinical Management of Pain
  • Eligible Countries: Bangladesh | Cameroon | Ghana | Guyana | India | Kenya | Kiribati | Lesotho | Malawi | Mozambique | Nigeria | Pakistan | Papua New Guinea | Rwanda | Samoa | Sierra Leone | Solomon Islands | Sri Lanka | Eswatini | Tanzania | The Gambia | Tuvalu | Uganda | Vanuatu | Zambia
  • University of Lancaster – MSc in Medical Leadership, MSc in Leadership Practice (Healthcare Service Improvement)
  • Eligible Countries: Cameroon | Ghana | Kenya | Nigeria | Rwanda | Sierra Leone | Tanzania | The Gambia | Uganda
  • University of Stirling – MSc in Dementia Studies
  • Eligible Countries: ALL
  • University of Strathclyde – MSc Prosthetic & Orthotic Rehabilitation Studies, MSc Prosthetic Rehabilitation Studies, MSc Orthotic Rehabilitation Studies, MSc Rehabilitation Studies (Access information for the above courses)
  • Eligible Countries: Bangladesh | Cameroon | Ghana | India | Kenya | Malawi | Mozambique | Nigeria | Pakistan | Rwanda | Sierra Leone | Sri Lanka | Tanzania | The Gambia | Uganda | Zambia

6. Strengthening Resilience and Response to Crises

  • University of Edinburgh – MSc Carbon Management (2 yr), MSc Carbon Management (3 yr) (Access information for the above courses)
  • Eligible Countries: All
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Selection

Each participating UK university will conduct its own recruitment process to select a specified number of candidates for Distance Learning Scholarships. Universities must put forward their selected candidates to the CSC by 4th June 2021.

The CSC will then confirm that these candidates meet the eligibility criteria for this scheme and universities will inform candidates of their results by July 2021.

Selection criteria includes:

  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country
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How to Apply

You must apply to study an eligible master’s course at a UK university that is participating in the Distance Learning scheme.

Please see the full list of participating universities and eligible courses.

You must also apply and secure admission to your university 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/or to more than one university, but you may only accept one offer of a Distance Learning Scholarship.

All applications must be submitted by midday 17:00 PM (BST) on 26 April 2021 at the latest.

Your application must include the following supporting documentation by 17:00 (BST) on 10 May 2021 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:

  • At least one reference– submitted directly by the referee to the online application system (referees will be sent an email request)
  • An offer letter to start their chosen course of study in the 2021-2022 academic year – uploaded to the online application system
  • Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications (with certified translations if not in English) – uploaded to the online application system

The CSC will not accept supporting documentation submitted outside the online application system.

Supporting documentation uploaded to the online application system must be uploaded as files that are no more than 5 MB in size and must be in one of the following formats: PDF, .doc, .docx, .odt, .jpg, .jpeg. Files submitted in any other format (including Zip files and PDF Portfolios) will NOT be accepted.

Applicants are responsible for seeking permission from their referees in advance of submitting their application; for ensuring that their referees are available to complete the reference by the deadline and have received the reference request email from the online application system.

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