Commonwealth Scholarships

Commonwealth Scholarships are available for a number of University of London programmes by distance learning:

  • MSc Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health (RVC) - Closed
  • MSc Livestock Health and Production (RVC) - Closed
  • MSc Clinical Trials (LSHTM) - Closed
  • MSc Public Health (LSHTM) - Closed
  • MSc Epidemiology (LSHTM) - Closed
  • MSc Infectious Disease (LSHTM) - Closed
  • MA Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies (SAS) - Closed

These full fee-waiver awards are for residents of developing Commonwealth countries (see below for details).

You apply for these courses through the University of London. For scholarship applications, please follow the specific directions below.

Royal Veterinary College (RVC)

Are you eligible?

A total of ten scholarships for the MSc Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health and the MSc Livestock Health and Production are available.

You must be a national of a qualifying Commonwealth country and hold the standard entry requirements for your preferred MSc course (including any English language requirements).

Qualifying countries

  • Bangladesh
  • Cameroon
  • eSwatini
  • Ghana
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Sierra Leone
  • Soloman Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • The Gambia
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia

How to apply

1. Complete an online application for an eligible MSc course:

You must hold an offer to study to be eligible for the scholarship.

2: Complete your application to the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission.

Successful applicants will be notified in July.

For the full application process, please scroll down to How to apply.

Key dates and deadlines - Applications are closed

Applications are closed

  • Applications close: 22 March 2019  [12:00pm BST].

About the award

The award is worth the full course fee for either MSc programme (£13,490).

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) provides academic direction for these distance-learning programmes, including online resources and teaching workshops.

Commonwealth Scholarships are designed to promote the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests.

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Are you eligible?

A total of 5 scholarships are available to study a master's degree with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine by distance learning.

To be eligible for these scholarships, you must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Be a citizen of, or have been granted refugee status by, an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person.
  • Be a permanent resident of an eligible country.
  • Hold an offer to study an eligible MSc course (meeting the relevant entry requirements).
  • Be unable to take up this offer without financial support.

Qualifying countries

  • Bangladesh
  • Cameroon
  • eSwatini
  • The Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Kiribat
  • Lesotho
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Sierra Leone     
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia

How to apply

1. Complete an online application for an eligible MSc course:

You must hold an offer to study to be eligible for the scholarship.

2. Complete your application to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission by 16:00 (GMT) on 4 May 2020.

Your application must clearly demonstrate the following:

  • how your work experience aligns with the MSc programme you wish to study, 
  • how acquiring the MSc award would be essential to further developing your career,
  • how the skills and qualification obtained from your distance learning studies would benefit the institution at which you work, and
  • how the skills and qualification would impact on the development of your home country.

3. All applications must include the following supporting documentation by 16:00 (GMT) on 22 May 2020 including:

  • Copy of valid passport or national ID card showing photograph, date of birth, and country of citizenship – uploaded to the online application system.
  • At least one reference – submitted directly by the referee to the online application system. Referees will be sent an email request and you are responsible for seeking permission from your referees in advance of submitting their application:
    a: ensure your referees are available to complete the reference by the deadline
    b: check the referees have received the reference request email.
  • An offer letter from the University of London to start chosen distance learning course of study in the 2020-2021 academic year – uploaded to the online application system.
  • Full transcripts detailing all higher education qualifications (with certified translations if not in English) – uploaded to the online application system.

The CSC will not accept supporting documentation submitted outside the online application system.

Key dates and deadlines - Applications are closed

  • Your application by 16:00 (GMT) on 4 May 2020
  • Supporting documentation in by 16:00 (GMT) on 22 May 2020.

About the award

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those unable to study in the UK for financial and other reasons.

All enquiries should be made to dlscholarship@lshtm.ac.uk.

See full terms and conditions on the CS website.

School of Advanced Study (SAS)

Are you eligible?

Ten scholarships for the MA Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies are available for applicants in the following countries:

  • Bangladesh
  • Cameroon
  • Eswatini
  • The Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia.

To qualify, you must meet the entry requirements by holding an undergraduate degree (e.g. bachelor) comparable to a UK upper second class honours degree, plus English language requirements.

Individual candidates will be selected on the basis of financial need; outstanding academic merit or potential (demonstrated particularly by past achievements); and knowledge-transfer and development potential.

Candidates with a strong interest in refugees, citizenship and statelessness are particularly encouraged.

See full requirements.

How to apply

Key dates and deadlines - Applications are closed

  • Scholarship applications open: 2 March 16:00 (GMT) 2020.
  • Scholarship applications close: 13 April (GMT) 2020.
  • Deadline to submit reference to CSC: 4 May 16:00 (GMT) 2020.

You must apply for the master’s degree in good time to receive an offer before the scholarship deadline.

We recommend that applications for the MA programme reach us by Monday 23 March 2020.

About the award

The award is worth the full course fee for the distance-learning MA programme (£8,220).

The MA Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies is the only programme of its type to be offered by distance learning.

Academic direction is provided by the Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Commonwealth Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals who often find themselves unable to study in the UK to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development.

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