The Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is a worldwide program in which, every year thousands of students get fellowship opportunities for International Study across the world.
The Commonwealth Scholarships was established in 1959. The fellowships and scholarships awards are offered by United Kingdom Government and funded by UK Department for International Development (DFID).
Here, eduncle.com provides complete information about Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships for Master’s and PhD programs. Please check below-
Commonwealth PhD Scholarships
The Commonwealth Scholarships also provides PhD programs to enhance student’s teaching and research capabilities and also to strengthen UK higher education and research activities by attracting excellent and intellectual international candidates.
Duration and Type of Program – 3 year full-time doctoral postgraduate qualification.
Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships
The CSFP seeks to attract High-quality postgraduate students who have the potential to enhance the development of their home countries with the knowledge and leadership skills they acquire.
Duration and Type of Program – 1 year full time post-graduate qualification.
Student’s Benefits through Commonwealth Scholarships
Approved airfare from student’s home country to the UK and return at the end of your award.
Stipend (living allowance) - £1,034/INR 102535.26 per month, or £1,268/INR 125945.83 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area.
Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable.
Warm clothing allowance.
The costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas.
For PhD Scholars, fieldwork grant towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas.
For PhD Scholars, paid mid-term visit (airfare) to applicant’s home country (unless they have claimed (or intend to claim) spouse and/or child allowances during their scholarships, or have received a return airfare to their home country for fieldwork)
If anyone’s scholarship is at least 18 months long, the following family allowances will also be provided-
(i). Spouse allowance of £222 or INR 22014.34 per month if the couple is living together at the same address in the UK.
(ii). Child allowance of £222 or INR 22014.35 per month for the first child, and £109 or INR 10808.84 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16. (Only when acclaimed)
If any candidate is widowed, divorced, or a single parent then he/she will be provided with-
(i). Child allowance of £444/INR 44028.68 per month for the first child, and £109/INR 10826.45 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16.
Who can apply for above programs? (Eligibility Conditions)
The candidates who are aspiring Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships should-
Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person.
Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country.
Be available to start academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/ October 2016.
By October 2016, hold a first degree of at least upper second class honors standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree).
**The CSC promotes equal opportunity, gender equity, and cultural exchange. Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates.
How to Apply for Commonwealth Scholarships?
The candidates who are applicable on the above given conditions may apply to study at Master’s/PhD level at a UK university.
First of all students are requested to apply to one of the following nominating bodies in the first instance. (The CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships) –
National nominating agencies – this is the main route of application.
For a full list of agencies and contact details, visit – http://bit.ly/cscuk-agencies.
Selected universities/university bodies, which can nominate their own academic staff.
For a full list of eligible universities, visit http://bit.ly/cscuk-scholarships-developing-cw.
Selected non-governmental organizations and charitable bodies.
After when you have shortlisted from any of the above nominating body, then you will be proceed to universities’ selection process.
Here is the list of UK Universities which offer the concerned scholarship, please follow the link – http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/uk-universities/
An individual must check with his/her nominating body for its specific advice and rules for applying, and for its own closing date for applications.
Selection Process for Commonwealth Scholarships
Each year, the CSC invites each nominating body to submit a specific number of nominations.
The deadline for nominating bodies to submit nominations to the CSC is 17th December 2015.
Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria-
Academic merit of the candidate.
Quality of the proposal.
Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country.
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