Scholarships and Student Funding

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme

The University of Edinburgh has three Commonwealth Shared Scholarships to offer for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme is a joint initiative between the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UK universities, including the University of Edinburgh, to jointly support scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the United Kingdom.

Applications from students planning to study the following eligible programmes will be considered for 2021-2022:

Awards will normally be for one year. Awards cannot be extended or renewed. At the end of the award, candidates are required to return promptly to their home country.

Eligibility

To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • 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
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK, or remotely if required, by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2021
  • By September 2021, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree).
  • Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high income country
  • Be unable to afford to study at a UK university without this scholarship
  • Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format

 

The Commonwealth Scholarships Commission requires that the University certify when submitting its shortlist of candidates that they are sufficiently proficient in the English language to cope with the programme of study for which they have applied. This will normally mean that you will have to have satisfied any requirements concerning competence in the English language which are a condition of your offer of admission.

Finance

The award is financed jointly by the University of Edinburgh and DfID. The award will cover: (i) All tuition fees; (ii) Air fare to and from the United Kingdom; (iii) Expenses for accommodation and maintenance. Payments for the academic year 2020-21 are set at £1,116 per month for the programme of study. 

Applying

Application for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme should be made through the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission's Electronic Application System (EAS).

EAS will be open for applications from 26th February 2021.

The closing date for scholarship applications  is 16:00 on 9th April 2021.

More details including how to access the Electronic Application System (EAS) can be found on the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission's website.

Commonwealth Scholarships Commission

Please also ensure that you have applied for admission to one of the programmes detailed above - University of Edinburgh application process

Notification

All applicants will be informed of the result of their application by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

It is anticipated that results will be available by the end of May 2021.