Commonwealth Shared Scholarship

Commonwealth Shared scholarship Commonwealth Shared Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are for candidates from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time Master’s study on selected courses, jointly supported by Glasgow Caledonian University

Each scholarship provides: 

  • 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 the cost of journeys made before your award is confirmed) – arranged by the university;funded by the CSC 
  • Approved tuition fees – funded by the CSC
  • Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,084 per month, 
  • Warm clothing allowance, where applicable – paid and funded by the university 
  • Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable – claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC 
  • Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas – claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC 
  • Excess baggage allowance, up to an annual approved limit, when returning home – claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC Reimbursement of the cost of a mandatory tuberculosis (TB) test, where required for a visa application (receipts must be supplied) – claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC 

Receiving a Commonwealth Shared scholarship at Glasgow Caledonian University for my postgraduate studies is a vision realisation and a trailblazing experience. I have gained in-depth knowledge, transferable skills as well as expertise in Diabetes care to improve patients’ lives, and influence both nursing practice and health education in Ghana and worldwide

Irene Bossman
Commonwealth Shared scholarship Award winner 2016/17

What Course can I study at GCU?

To apply for this scholarship, you must:

  •  Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  •  Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  •  Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2019
  •  By October 2019, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate  qualification (usually a Master’s   degree). The CSC would not normally fund a second UK Master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you will need to provide justification as to why   you wish to undertake this study.
  •  Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high income country
  •  Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

Selection process

Each participating UK University will conduct its own recruitment process to select a specified number of candidates to be awarded Commonwealth Shared Scholarships. We will inform candidates of their results in July 2019.

Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:

  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country.

How to apply

You can apply to study one of the taught Master’s courses offered in the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship scheme. These scholarships do not cover undergraduate courses, PhD study, or any pre-sessional English language teaching, and are usually tenable for one year only.

You must apply for a place on one of the Masters courses above and have an offer from GCU and then You must make your application using the CSC’s online application system,

The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the online application system.

Applications are now closed and selected Students will be nominated by GCU by the 15th May 2019

Terms and conditions

GCU will nominate the candidates whom we wish to be allocated the scholarship, candidates do not need to contact us to ask to be put forward for nomination.
For full terms and conditions – including further details of the scholarship themes, 
value of the scholarship, and general conditions – see the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships terms and conditions 2019.