Commonwealth Scholarships for International Students

The Commonwealth is a non-profit organization comprised of 54 autonomous and equal countries. It has a population of 2.4 billion people and contains both advanced and emerging economies.

We provide scholarships to outstanding persons who have the capacity to make a good influence on the world stage if given the opportunity to develop themselves.


As part of the UK’s continuous commitment to the Commonwealth, around 800 students are granted the opportunity to pursue postgraduate degrees at UK institutions each year.


If you are from a Commonwealth country and feel you have what it takes to make a difference in the world but cannot afford to pay your studies in the UK on your own, you may be a perfect candidate for a Commonwealth Scholarship.


Requirements for Eligibility

To apply for these scholarships, you must do the following:


1. Be a citizen of an eligible Commonwealth nation or have been awarded refugee status by one, or be a British Protected Person.


2. Be a permanent resident of a Commonwealth country.


3. Be ready to begin academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September 2022.


4. Have a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours grade, or a second class degree (2:2) and an appropriate postgraduate certificate (typically a Master’s degree) by September 2022.


The scholarship includes:

1. Approved round-trip airfare from your home country to the UK and back at the end of your award (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependants, nor the cost of journeys made before your award is confirmed).


2. Tuition fees have been approved.


Stipend (living stipend) of £1,133 per month for students attending universities in the London metropolitan region, or £1,390 per month for those attending institutions outside of the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2021-2022 levels).


Allowance for warm clothes, if applicable.


3. A thesis grant to help with the costs of writing a thesis or dissertation, if appropriate.


Study travel grants are available to help with the expense of study-related travel inside the UK or abroad.


If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, you are entitled to a child allowance of £485 per month for the first child and £120 per month for the second and third children under the age of16, provided you are accompanied by your children and they live with you at the same address in the UK (rates quoted at 2022-2023 levels).


5. If you declare a handicap, the CSC will conduct a complete assessment of your needs and determine your eligibility for further financial assistance. The CSC’s family allowances are only meant to be used as a contribution to the expense of raising a family in the UK. The actual expenses are likely to be far greater. You must be able to augment these allowances in order to sustain any family members who accompany you to the UK.


Positioning and Tenure

Awards are valid for 36 months of full-time study at any recognized UK university or higher education institution with whom the CSC has a part-funding arrangement (as previously specified).


Awards are only for obtaining one degree; money will not be extended to candidates to enable them to finish a qualification in addition to or higher than the one for which they were chosen. Awards are only given for full-time education, and no other course of study may be pursued at the same time.


All application components, including the three letters of reference, are submitted electronically as pdf files. The online application may be accessible from The Commonwealth’s website’s homepage. Click on the APPLY ONLINE button to access the application.