Scholarships and Student Funding

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme

The University of Edinburgh has seven Commonwealth Shared Scholarships to offer for the 2018-2019 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:

  • MSc Africa and International Development
  • MSc Animal Biosciences
  • MSc Global Health Policy

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.

Eligibility

To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country

Please note the Maldives has recently taken the decision to leave the Commonwealth, 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 2018
  • By August 2018, 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.

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 2017-2018 were set at £1,065 per month for the programme of study. Details of the 2018-2019 level will be available later in 2018.

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 23 Feburary 2018.

The closing date for applications will be announced shortly.

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

Commowealth Scholarships Commission