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Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

Deadline: 18 December, 2019
Level of Study
Postgraduate Taught
Country Group
International
Funding Amount
Stipend/living cost £1,110 per month (2019-20 rate) plus approved tuition fees
Application Status
Closed

Eligibility summary

  • NationalityBangladesh, Cameroon, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Gambia, The, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia
  • Level of StudyPostgraduate Taught

Overview

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.

Further Information

Applications for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship for 2020 are open 06 November and close on 18 December 2019 at 16:00 (GMT).

Candidates must apply for both admission to an eligible course at Queen’s and for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship.  Candidates should provide any information that they wish to be considered by 18 December2019 closing date to facilitate the selection process.  The University will consider scholarship applications according to: academic merit of the candidate and potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country. The University will put forward their selected candidates to the CSC by 27 March 2020. The CSC will then confirm that these candidates meet the eligibility criteria for this scheme. Universities will inform candidates of their results by June 2020.

For further information and the Timetable for 2020-21 please

Funding Towards

Tuition Fees, Living Costs / Stipend, Travel Costs, Miscellaneous

Funding Body

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Shared Scholarships, in partnership with Queen’s University Belfast, enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.

Please visit the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website for more details.

Funding Amount

Stipend/living cost £1,110 per month (2019-20 rate) plus approved tuition fees

The scholarship will cover approved tuition fees and a monthly stipend (living cost), approved air fare for the scholar to and from the UK at the start and end of the programme, a grant to cover thesis costs and study travel.

 

Number of Awards

3

Funding Body

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Shared Scholarships, in partnership with Queen’s University Belfast, enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.

Please visit the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website for more details.

Terms and Conditions

For full terms and conditions - including further details of the scholarship themes, value of the scholarship, and general conditions - see the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships terms and conditions 2020.

Eligibility

Candidate Eligibility - candidates 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 by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2020
  • By the specified closing date (18 December 2019), 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). The CSC typically does not fund a second UK Master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you will need to provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study. For comparability of qualifications refer to International Students: Your Country
  • Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high income country
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
  • Have applied for and been offered a full time place at Queen’s on one of the eligible one year Masters programmes and must also make a separate scholarship application
  • Satisfy the University’s English Language requirements for entry to the programme normally by the closing date specified or shortly afterwards
  • Confirm that they will return to their home country after the award comes to an end

Eligible Masters Course 2020-21

CSC Theme

MPH in Global Health*

Strengthening health systems and capacity

MSc Applied Cyber Security

Strengthening global peace, security and governance 

MA in Conflict Transformation & Social Justice

Strengthening global peace, security and governance

*please ensure you apply for MPH in Global Health (please note the MPH in Public Health is not eligible for a Shared Scholarship).

Funding Type

Help with new course

Fee Status

International

Nationality

Bangladesh, Cameroon, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Gambia, The, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia

Country Group

International

Study Level

Postgraduate Taught

Start Date

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 16:00:00 GMT

Close Date

Wed, 18 Dec 2019 16:00:00 GMT

Contact Us

Queries about Commonwealth Shared Scholarships at Queen’s should be directed initially to the graduateschool@qub.ac.uk  

Queries about Admission should be sent to: intl.student@qub.ac.uk

How to Apply

Candidates must apply for both admission and a scholarship. See step 1 and step 2 below. It is recommended candidate(s) should where possible wait until an offer of a University place has been confirmed before applying for the Shared scholarship.  

Step 1 – Apply for Admission

Candidates must apply online for a place on one of the eligible courses at Queen’s University Belfast.  Further guidance is provided on the University website in Applying for Postgraduate Study at Queen's.

It will not be possible to assess your application without a fully-completed application form and supporting documentation as detailed at Essential Supporting Documentation and English Language Requirements. It is recommended candidates apply for admission in advance and preferably two weeks prior to 18 December2019 closing date to allow sufficient time for a decision to be processed. 

Note entry to postgraduate taught Masters programmes at Queen’s usually requires either a UK upper second-class (2:1) or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.  To be eligible for consideration for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship candidates must have qualifications equivalent to a UK upper second-class (2:1) undergraduate degree or a lower second class undergraduate degree (2:2) and also a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree) by the specified closing date (18 December2019). For comparability of qualifications refer to International-students/Your-Country/.

Step 2 – Apply for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship

Candidates must make a scholarship application using the CSC’s online application system. You will need to confirm your Queen’s application number on the scholarship form. The CSC will not accept applications that are not submitted using their online application system.

Please check Commonwealth Shared Scholarships website for more information about how to apply for the scholarship.