Scholarships and Student Funding

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) is offering 55 scholarships for applicants accepted for admission to eligible online masters programmes at the University of Edinburgh in the Academic Year 2024-2025.

The scholarships are intended for candidates from low and middle-income Commonwealth countries, and they are funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.


Each scholarship will cover full tuition fees and will be tenable for up to three years of part-time study.


The list below shows the eligible programmes and the number of scholarships available for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Eligible Programme of Study (Online)

Total Scholarships Available


Commonwealth Scholars talk about studying online

Video: Commonwealth Scholars talk about studying online
Commonwealth Scholarship recipients at the University of Edinburgh talking about the benefits of studying online

To apply for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship, candidates must:

  • Be a citizen of or be granted refugee status from an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently and continually 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
  • All candidates must provide at least one reference
  • All candidates must hold an offer to start their chosen course of study in 2024


Before applying, please be sure to read the Eligibility Information on the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission website.


Applying and Deadlines

This is a TWO PART process  

PART ONE - Securing an offer to study your programme of choice. Apply to the eligible programme of your choice through our Degree Finder.

To secure an offer you must meet the University of Edinburgh entry requirements.  

A conditional offer is sufficient for you to move to part two of this process and apply for the CSC scholarship. You will however need to meet all the conditions of your offer to secure an unconditional offer and become a student at the University of Edinburgh. This will include demonstrating your English language competency.    

Please note – Apply for your programme as soon as possible, as it can take up to 10 working days for an application to be processed. 


PART TWO - Applying for the Commonwealth Scholarship  

Once you have received an offer from the University of Edinburgh, you can apply to the Commonwealth Scholarships. Information on how to apply can be found here.

Before applying, please be sure to read the Eligibility Information on the Commonwealth Scholarships webpage. 

Remember you must include all supporting documentation.

Applications are now closed as the 28th March 2024 deadline has passed.



Our committee will nominate the chosen candidates within four weeks of the final closing date for applications.  The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission selection committee will select Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholars from the shortlists of nominated candidates and release the final results in July 2024.