UCL Scholarships and funding


Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme

The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and UK universities to support students from developing Commonwealth countries.

The aim of the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS) 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.

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

Key information

Value: Tuition fees, living costs, flights to UK
Available to: Prospective students
Selection criteria: Academic merit
Eligible fee status: Overseas
Eligible programmes: Please see list below
Additional eligibility criteria: From a Commonwealth country
Deadline: 14 December 2023


Applicants must:

  • be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or 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 2024;
  • by September 2024, 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). 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;
  • have applied for admission to UCL for one of the eligible programmes below:
Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
MSc Urban Spatial Science
Development Planning Unit
MSc Social Development Practice
Division of Medicine
MSc Clinical and Public Health Nutrition
Institute for Global Health
MSc Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology 
MSc Global Health and Development
Institute for Global Prosperity
MSc Prosperity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society
MA Education, Gender and International Development 
MA Education and International Development

Value, benefits, and duration

  • There are up to 8 (eight) scholarships available in 2024/25
  • 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 only.


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.

How to apply

Candidates must apply for the scholarship via the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) portal.   In order to be considered for an award, the student must also have an active admission application (including references) with UCL by 12 January 2024.  For information on how to apply for admission to UCL, please see the How to Apply section of our online prospectus.


Successful and reserve nominees selected by UCL can expect to be informed by email in early April.  Final award confirmation should be expected by  July 2024  once the CSC completes their criteria checks.

We are unable to inform unsuccessful applicants. If you do not hear from UCL Student Funding Office by the end of June 2024, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.