Scholarships and Student Funding

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme

The School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh has two Commonwealth Shared Scholarships to offer for the 2017-2018 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.

At the University of Edinburgh applications from students studying a one-year taught Masters degree in the following eligible subject area will be considered:

  • Sustainable Energy Systems

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


To apply for these scholarships, you must:

Please note the Maldives has recently taken the decision to leave the Commonwelath, candidates from the Maldives will not be eligible to apply.

  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2017
  • By August 2017, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard
  • Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a developed country
  • Be unable, either yourself or through your family, to pay to study in the UK


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.


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 2016-2017 were set at £1,043 per month for the programme of study. Details of the 2017-2018 level will be available in 2017.


This award is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic session.