Information for Prospective Students

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme

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The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (with funding from the Department for International Development (DFID), and UK universities, to support scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the United Kingdom.

The aim of the scheme is to assist students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. The scheme allows them to benefit from postgraduate study at a university in the United Kingdom which will help them to contribute toward the development of their home countries.

Awards are for taught Master's programmes only, subjects must be related to the economic, social and technological development of a candidate's country.

UCL will allocate up to six awards this academic year.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country (for a full list of eligible countries, see the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission terms and conditions
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2017
  • By August 2017, hold a first degree of either first or upper second class (2:1) classification, or lower second class (2:2) classification plus a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
  • Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a developed country
  • Be unable, either yourself or through your family, to pay to study in the UK
  • Apply for admission to UCL for one of the eligible programmes below:
Development Planning Unit
MSc Development Administration and Planning
MSc Environment and Sustainable Development
MSc Urban Development Planning
Institute for Global Health
MSc Global Health and Development
Genetics Institute
MSc Genetics of Human Disease
Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
MSc Engineering for International Development
Division of Infection & Immunity
MSc Infection and Immunity
Institute of Education
MA Education and International Development
MA Education, Health Promotion and International Development
MA Educational Planning, Economics and International Development

Value, Benefits and Duration

  • The award will cover tuition fees, a maintenance allowance, economy air travel to and from the UK at the beginning and end of the scholar’s degree programme plus additional discretionary allowances. 
  • Awards are normally tenable for one year.

Application Procedure and Deadlines

  • You must separately apply for admission to UCL for one of the eligible programmes through the standard admissions procedure.
  • In order to be considered for this scholarship at UCL, you must complete the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Electronic Application System (EAS) online: by the deadline of 16:59 (UTC) Friday, 17 February 2017.

    All applications received before the deadline will be considered. If an application is received after this deadline it will not be deemed eligible and cannot be considered.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Potential candidates must ensure that they submit a full scholarship application by the deadline irrespective of whether an offer of admission has reached them or not. After the deadline the UCL Student Funding Office will check UCL systems to confirm whether the scholarship applicant has applied for admission to one of the eligible UCL programmes. Scholarships applicants without an application for admission to an eligible programme at the time of the scholarship deadline will be excluded from the competition at this point.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Selection Procedure

The CSSS is a shared scholarship between the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) and UCL, and selected candidates have to be accepted and approved by both parties, hence the requirement to also complete the CSSS online application form. 

The successful and reserve candidates will be selected upon the recommendation of an academic panel and the Student Funding Office.

Notification of Results

Successful and reserve candidates selected by UCL can expect to be informed by email at the beginning of June. Final notification by the CSC should be expected around the beginning of July.

We are unable to inform unsuccessful applicants. If you do not hear from UCL Student Funding Office by the end of June, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.

Further information can be found on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website here.

UCL Student Funding contact details can be found here.

Page last modified on 30 nov 16 16:05 by Daniel Newcombe


*NOTE: All scholarship and student funding schemes are subject to availability of funds, and details given here are subject to change at any time. Potential applicants are urged to check information regularly to ensure they are aware of current procedures, deadlines etc.

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