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Commonwealth Scholarships

The Commonwealth Scholarships are currently closed for 2019.

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

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

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)

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

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.

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

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.

For further information please contact the Course Administrator.

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

A total of 10 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

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 22 March 2019 12.00pm (BST)

Your application must clearly demonstrate the following:

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

3. You must submit all supporting documentation, including an offer letter from the University of London confirming a place on one of the above distance learning programmes and at least one reference must be provided no later than 12.00pm (BST) on 5 April 2019.

  • Applications are now open
  • Applications close: 22 March 2019  [12:00pm BST].
  • Successful applicants will be notified late July 2019.

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.

School of Advanced Study (SAS)

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

  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • 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.

See full requirements.

  • Scholarship applications open: Friday 06 April.
  • Scholarship applications close: Wednesday 20 June 2018.

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 Thursday 10 May.

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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Commonwealth Scholarship holders visit the Royal Veterinary College

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Daniel Karugu, Kenya

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