Commonwealth scholarships for distance learners

Forty postgraduate scholarships will be available in five online Master’s degree programmes starting this academic year.

distance learning

The scholarships will provide distance learning opportunities for postgraduate candidates from lower-middle income Commonwealth countries.

Programmes of study

Scholarships will be available in Carbon Management, based in Science and Engineering, and Clinical Management of Pain, Global Health Innovation, Global Surgery, and One Health, One Medicine, based in Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.

Postgraduate candidates who have the potential to enhance the development of their home countries can apply for the programmes.

The 2-3 year programmes will deliver high-quality teaching and content relevant to the UK’s international development aims.

Funding comes from the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) with support from the Department for International Development (DFID). The distance learning scholarships are for up to £18,000 for each student.

Commonwealth scholars

Since the CSC was established in 1959, over 30,000 individuals have held a Commonwealth Scholarship or Fellowship.

They contribute to the development needs of Commonwealth countries by providing training for skilled and qualified professionals and academics, and contribute to UK higher education and foreign policy aims by encouraging collaboration and links.

Edinburgh has received Commonwealth scholars for over 20 years. In the past 3 years alone 247 Commonwealth scholars have attended Edinburgh; 58 on campus, 174 as distance learners and 15 Shared Scholars.

We are determined to increase our global impact and our contribution to society, ensuring equitable access to education. We are very proud that The University of Edinburgh has been ‘home’ to a strong cohort of online Commonwealth Scholars over the last decade. Many of them are now our alumni, and the dedication that they showed to their learning is continuing in the contributions they continue to make in their communities and countries. We look forward to continuing this legacy.

Professor Peter MathiesonProfessor Peter Mathieson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, the University of Edinburgh

Related links

Scholarships and student funding

Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships