Applications are being accepted for the 2023 Commonwealth Split-Site PhD Scholarships for students from low- and middle-income nations who meet the necessary qualifications.
The scholarship is intended to assist and stimulate creative and highly motivated candidates to acquire the knowledge and specialized skills necessary for sustainable development. It is also intended for people who would not otherwise have the financial resources to pursue a degree in the UK.
Scholarship Sponsor(s): UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
Scholarship Type: Full Scholarship
Scholarships to be taken at: Eligible Commonwealth Country University
Study level: Postgraduate (PhD)
Scholarship Worth: See Scholarship Benefits (below)
Number of Awards: Several
Nationality: Low and Middle Income Countries
Application Deadline: 12th March, 2023 at 16:00 (GMT)
2023 Commonwealth Split-Site Scholarships | Qualifications
The following requirements must be met by candidates in order to be qualified for the Commonwealth Split-Site Scholarships:
- Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person.
- Be residing permanently in an eligible Commonwealth country.
- Be a registered PhD candidate at a university in a Commonwealth eligible country by the time of scholarship confirmation (September, 2023).
- Be sure that an institutional or departmental link exists between your home university and the proposed UK university.
- Applicant must be available to start academic studies in the UK by the commencement of the UK academic year in September, 2023.
- Applicants are to provide all supporting documents in the required formats.
- By September 2023, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a lower second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree).
- Be unable to afford studies in the UK without the scholarship.
• Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award.
• Approved tuition fees
• Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,236 per month, or £1,516 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at current levels)
• Warm clothing allowance, where applicable
• Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
• If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of £529 per month for the first child, and £131 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
Interested applicants for the Commonwealth Split-Site Scholarships 2023 are to apply to study at a UK university which has a part funding agreement with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC).
Applicants are to apply directly to the CSC using the CSC’s online application system. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not done via the online application system.
- Proof of citizenship or refugee status: copy of valid passport or national ID card showing photograph, date of birth, country of citizenship or refugee status and uploaded to the online application system.
- Full academic transcripts of all higher education qualifications including up-to-date transcripts for any qualifications currently undertaking (with certified translations if not in English Language). Same should be uploaded to the online application portal.
- References from at least two individuals on institutional letterhead
- Supporting statement on institutional letterhead from a proposed supervisor in the UK from at least one of the institutions named on the application form
- Supporting statement on institutional letterhead from the current supervisor at the home university.
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