Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme (DFID Award)

  • Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme (DFID Award)

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Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are offered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in partnership with UK universities. These scholarships are intended for students from eligible developing 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.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are offered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in partnership with UK universities. These scholarships are intended for students from eligible developing 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:

  • Closing date and time for submission of application: Thursday 14 March 2019 at 4pm (16:00 hours GMT)  with applications for admission submitted at least two weeks before the closing date

  • The scholarship will cover the full tuition fees and a monthly stipend, the scholar’s air fares to and from the UK, a grant to cover thesis costs and study travel.

  • Studentships start September 2019

In partnership with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) the University has three awards under this scheme to support scholars commencing their studies in 2019-20. The awards are available to students taking the following one year full-time Master's degree programmes:

Eligible Masters Course

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

MSc in Educational Leadership

Access, inclusion and opportunity


Please click on the course link above for further information about the course content, academic qualifications and English Language qualifications.

 

Eligibility

To apply for these scholarships, applicants 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 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) by the specified closing date (14 March 2019). The CSC would not normally fund a second UK Master’s degree. 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 above;

  • Satisfy the University’s English Language requirements for entry to the programme by the specified closing date;

  • Confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as possible after the award comes to an end.

Before completing an application form please read the scholarship terms and conditions at: Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

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 at least two weeks prior to 14 March 2019 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 (14 March 2019).  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. The CSC will not accept applications that are not submitted using their online application system. Please see Commonwealth Shared Scholarships website for more information on applying for the scholarship. 

The closing date for applications is 16:00 (GMT) on 14 March 2019.

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

Selection Process

Candidates should satisfy any conditions relating to their admission offer (for example English Language requirements) by 14 March 2019.  Normally only candidates who have received a formal unconditional offer of admission for one of the eligible postgraduate courses may be considered by the University for a Scholarship.  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 13 May 2019. The CSC will then confirm that these candidates meet the eligibility criteria for this scheme. Universities will inform candidates of their results by July 2019.

Queries/Contact details

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

Timetable for 2019-2020

January 2019 

Candidates to apply for a place on an eligible course at Queen’s University Belfast using the Queen’s online application portal.  An offer of a place does NOT guarantee consideration for funding. It is recommended candidates apply for admission in advance and at least two weeks prior to the closing date 14 March 2019 to allow sufficient time for a decision for admission to be processed.  Candidates should satisfy any conditions relating to admission (for example English Language) by the Queen’s closing date.  

21 Jan - 14 Mar 2019 

Candidates to apply for a place at Queen’s (see above) and must also apply for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship on the Commission’s scholarship portal which is open for Shared Scholarship applications from 21 January 2019 to 14 March 2019 16.00 (GMT)It will not be possible to apply for a Queen’s Commonwealth Shared Scholarship after the CSC Portal closes. 

19-26 April 2019 

University CLOSED for Easter.

April 2019

Selection meeting held to consider applications and to determine nominations for the scholarships.

May 2019 

Nominations for the scholarships submitted by the University for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s agreement.

July 2019

Candidates notified regarding the outcome of their scholarship application.

July - Aug 2019

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) advises the University of approved nominations. Queen’s to forward CSC award documentation to approved nominees, offering the award.Nominated candidates to be advised regarding the next step in the award process, visa application process and travel arrangements.

September 2019 

Successful candidates are expected to arrive in time to attend the University’s International Welcome and Orientation Programme for international students (normally held mid-September) prior to the commencement of the programme.


It is expected that up to three Commonwealth Shared Scholarships will be available at Queen’s University Belfast for September 2019 entry. There are four eligible Masters courses.