Scholarships and Student Funding

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) is responsible for managing Britain’s contribution to the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP).

The CSC supports over 800 awards annually. Awards are funded by the Department for International Development (for developing Commonwealth countries), and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Scottish Government (for developed Commonwealth countries), in conjunction with UK universities. The CSC also nominates UK citizens for scholarships to study in other Commonwealth countries under the CSFP.

The CSC makes available seven types of award:

  • Scholarships for PhD research
  • Scholarships for Masters study
  • Shared Scholarships with UK universities in support of Masters programmes
  • Academic Fellowships for staff serving in developing country universities
  • Split-site Scholarships for PhD students to spend up to one year in the UK
  • Professional Fellowships for mid-career professionals in developing countries
  • Distance Learning Scholarships for developing country students to study UK Masters degree courses while living in their own countries

Eligibility and application procedure

Each type of award has its own eligibility criteria and application procedure. Details are available on the CSC’s website.  Applicatons close on the 1st of November 2021.

Applicants must also have applied for admission to an eligible programme of study at the University of Edinburgh.

Commonwealth countries

For more details contact:

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission

  • The Association of Commonwealth Universities

Contact details



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