Commonwealth Scholarship

Commonwealth Scholarships are available for Masters and PhD study at the University of Bristol for students resident in a developing Commonwealth country.

Since the awards were established in 1959, around 30,000 individuals have benefited.

All applications must be submitted by 23.59 (GMT) on 19th November 2015.


To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee or British protected person.
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country.
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2016.
  • By October 2016 hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification.

How to apply

  • You should first apply to study at Masters/PhD level at a participating UK university.
  • All applications must be made through your nominating body in your home country – the CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships. Each nominating body is responsible for its own selection process. You must check with your nominating body for their specific advice and rules for applying and for their own closing date for applications.
  • You must make your application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS) – information on how to use the EAS, including detailed guides and FAQ’s is available on their website.
  • You must make clear in your application which qualification you are applying for.
  • In your application you are expected to identify at least one, but preferably three universities and courses/supervisors that you think are the most appropriate for your study, and to explain your reasons.


Each scholarship provides:

  • Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award.
  • Approved tuition and examination fees.
  • A living allowance at the rate of £1,034 per month.
  • Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable.
  • Warm clothing allowance.
  • Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas.
  • For PhD scholars, fieldwork grant towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas.
  • For PhD scholars, paid mid-term visit to your home country.

All enquiries about these scholarships should be directed to your nominating body in your home country.

To search for other funding opportunities please visit the University of Bristol funding database.



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