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Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are offered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in partnership with Queen’s University Belfast. These scholarships are for students from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries, who would not otherwise be able to afford to undertake Master’s level study in the UK, to gain skills and knowledge which will allow them to contribute to the development of their home countries.

There will be up to 20 full PhD scholarships available for candidates starting their studies in the 2020-21 academic year.  Applicants currently in the first year of a PhD programme at Queen's may also apply, if they meet the eligibilty requirements (including academic criteria and English language).

Founded in 1967 by the Canadian Women’s Club to mark Canada’s centennial, the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund (CCSF), has awarded c£1,000,000 in scholarships to some 500 talented Canadians studying postgraduate programmes at over 40 different universities, colleges and conservatories across the UK.  Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic or artistic excellence and their ability to represent Canada in the UK.

Awards are granted to scholars from a wide range of disciplines including science, engineering, social science and humanities as well as music, creative arts and design.  The CCSF plans to grant a number of £5,000 awards for the academic year commencing September 2020.

Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic excellence, as well as on their ability to represent Canada within the UK academic and artistic community. They represent a breadth of academic interests and pursuits. The scholarships are among the most prestigious annual scholarships for Canadians studying in the UK.  Two named awards are offered on occasion: the Belle Shenkman Award is given to the most impressive student of Music or the Arts; the Mary Le Messurier Award to the most impressive student of History.

CCSF awards are for postgraduate academic and artistic studies in the UK, and are exclusively for students who have already commenced their postgraduate programme of study in the UK.

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is one of the largest and most prestigious scholarship schemes for international study in the world. Since it was established in 1959, around 35,000 individuals have benefited – 27,000 of them have held awards funded by the UK government, managed by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC).

 Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are for candidates from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries, for part-time Masters study by distance learning on selected courses offered by UK Universities.

 Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are offered for citizens of certain developing Commonwealth countries. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.

The aim of this scheme is to encourage outstanding students from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to cross the border to undertake postgraduate study and experience life in the other Irish jurisdiction.

The Collaboration in Training and Innovation for Growing, Evolving and Networked Societies (CITI-GENS) programme at Queen’s University Belfast is a MSCA COFUND Doctoral Training Programme.

The CITI-GENS programme is hosted by the award winning Graduate School at Queen's University Belfast.  The Graduate School is an intellectual and social hub for all postgraduates that connects students across disciplines to one another, and to mentors, thought leaders, and employers both within the university and beyond. You'll be part of a cohort of research students, creating a community and exciting learning environment.

You will benefit from an interdiscplinary supervisory team offering a unique perspective on your project and preparing you for work across disciplinary boundaries in your future career.  You will also have an external partner from a non academic organistion on your project, offering an intersectoral experience, often in the form of secondments/placements. See individual project descriptions for partner information.

As an MSCA Fellow you will be in the unique position of being an employee of the University as well as a student, you can read more about the employment contact here.

The project will be led by two leading academics within the University, Professor Margaret Topping, Dean of the Graduate School and Dr Muiris MacCarthaighSenior Lecturer and former Director of Graduate Studies at the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics. Queen's University Belfast already hosts a successful MSCA DTP called SPaRK and you can hear what some of them have to say about the programme  here and also read more about the programme, including their profiles, projects and partners here.

Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are for candidates from high income Commonwealth countries, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university. Funded by the UK Department for Education (DfE), Commonwealth PhD Scholarships support excellence in UK higher education and sustain the principles of the Commonwealth.

Purpose: To support world-class research and scholarship, and to contribute to UK higher education and research by attracting high-calibre international candidates and encouraging links and collaboration.

Intended beneficiaries: High-quality graduates who have the potential to become influential leaders, teachers, or researchers in their home countries, and whose proposed research topic has been described to the satisfaction of the selection committee as having a focus on innovation and leadership, for the benefit of wider society.

These studentships were founded in 1943 under the will of Sir Joseph Larmor, FRS, for the purpose of purpose of increasing the value of a scholarship already held by especially deserving students. They have since been supplemented from University funds and are now called Larmor-University Awards.  Normally the award covers a stipend/maintenance allowance between £2,500 to a £5,000 per annum (subject to funds). 

There will be up to 20 full PhD scholarships available for candidates starting their studies in the 2021-22 academic year.  Applicants currently in the first year of a PhD programme at Queen's in the 2020-21 academic year may also apply, if they meet the eligibility requirements (including academic criteria and English language).  Such applicants must have commenced their PhD on or after 1 September 2020 in order to be eligible for consideration.

The Dr RWM Strain Masonic Charitable Trust Development and Innovation Bursaries will normally be awarded to up to five postgraduate students who are in financial need and/or who require financial support to participate in further high-quality, transdisciplinary training and development. Established in 2018, the Bursaries are named in honour of Dr Bill Strain, a Queen’s graduate and long serving physician at the Ulster Hospital.


The Bursaries are designed to financially support and motivate postgraduate students at Queen’s who are members of the Order of Freemasons of the Irish Constitution, or the spouse, child, relative or dependant of a member.