Scholarships and Student Funding

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships 2023

Scholarships are offered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) for applicants accepted for admission to eligible online programmes at the University of Edinburgh in the Academic Year 2023-2024.

Fifty Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are for candidates from least developed, low, and lower middle-income Commonwealth countries, for part-time Master’s study by distance learning on selected courses offered by UK universities. These scholarships 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 .


Scholarships will be awarded to students who have applied for admission on a part-time basis for any of the eligible online programmes listed below commencing in the 2023-2024 academic year. 

Eligible Programme of Study (Online)

Total Scholarships Available


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 the 2023.

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:   Apply to the programme at the university, search for your eligible On-line Masters of choice on our Degree Finder.

To secure an offer you must meet the University of Edinburgh entry requirements, including demonstrating English language competency.  Please note that demonstrating English language competency is not required to secure an offer but this can be made a condition of an offer.   Applicants are highly encouraged to inform the admission team about the intention to apply to the CSC scholarship scheme in order to meet the 28th of March deadline.

Please note - at busy periods it can take up to 10 working days for an application for admission to be fully processed.

PART TWO:  Once you have received an offer from the University of Edinburgh, 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.

Deadline Date is 17:00 GMT on Tuesday 28th March 2023.


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 2023.

Further Information

All enquires should be directed to Future Students.

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