Application Deadline:23.59 (GMT) on 21 March 2017
Commonwealth Scholarships for PhD and split-site PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developed Commonwealth countries (Australia, The Bahamas, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cyprus, Malta, and New Zealand). These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), with the aim of supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.
You can apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship for the following types of study:
- Split-site (PhD), where the CSC supports one year’s study at a UK university as part of a PhD being undertaken in your home country
All subject areas are eligible, although the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to applications that demonstrate the strongest potential for strategic impact.
Scholarships are tenable only at UK universities with which the CSC has a joint funding agreement. Joint funding agreements will be negotiated individually for selected candidates. You should make this clear to your chosen universities.
To apply for these scholarships, you must:
- Be a citizen of or refugee in Australia, The Bahamas, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cyprus, Malta, or New Zealand, and be permanently resident in one of these countries
- Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2017
- By October 2017, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
- If you are applying for split-site (PhD) study, be registered for a PhD at a university in your home country
If you have already started your PhD study at a UK university, you are not eligible to apply for these scholarships.
Each candidate’s application will be considered by the CSC’s selection committee in competition with other candidates.
Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:
- Academic merit of the candidate
- Quality of the proposal
- Potential of the candidate to lead in the pursuit of global excellence in research and knowledge
For further details, see Selection criteria for 2017 Commonwealth Scholarships (developed Commonwealth countries)
- Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependants, nor usually the cost of journeys made before your award is finally confirmed)
- Approved tuition and examination fees
- Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,043 per month, or £1,279 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
- Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
- Fieldwork grant towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas (usually the cost of one economy class return airfare to your fieldwork location)
- Paid mid-term visit (airfare) to your home country (unless you have claimed (or intend to claim) spouse and/or child allowances during your scholarship, or have received a return airfare to your home country for fieldwork)
- If your scholarship is at least 18 months long, the following family allowances:
- Spouse allowance of £224 per month if you and your spouse are living together at the same address in the UK (unless your spouse is also in receipt of a scholarship)
- Child allowance of £224 per month for the first child, and £110 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if you are accompanied by your spouse and children and they are living with you at the same address in the UK
- If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent (irrespective of the length of your scholarship), child allowance of £448 per month for the first child, and £110 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if you are accompanied by your children and they are living with you at the same address in the UK
How to apply
You must make your application directly to the CSC using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS). Click here for full information on how to use the EAS, including detailed guides.
You are not required to apply via a nominating body for these scholarships.
All applications must be submitted by 23.59 (GMT) on 21 March 2017 at the latest.
You must provide the following supporting documentation to be received by the CSC by 23.59 (GMT) on 21 March 2017:
- Academic transcripts
- Unconditional offer(s) from your chosen university/universities (a conditional offer with only a financial condition is acceptable)
- Proof that you are a citizen of a developed Commonwealth country: a copy of your passport or birth certificate
You must provide the following supporting documentation to be received by the CSC by 16.00 (BST) on 28 March 2017:
- References from at least two individuals
- If you are applying for PhD study, supporting statement from a proposed supervisor in the UK from at least one of the universities named on your application form
- If you are applying for split-site (PhD) study, supporting statements from both your home and your prospective UK supervisors
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