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The Commonwealth Split-Site Scholarships to Study in UK

Deadline : December 5, 2024

Applications for the 2024 Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships for applicants from Low and Middle Income countries are now open. These scholarships are funded by the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office – FCDO. The Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships aim to 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.


How to Apply
Official Website

Who can apply? Applicants must be gradates who are national of one of the eligible countries, who are undertaking a PhD programme at their home University and are interested in spending a 12-month period of study at any approved UK university or higher education in the UK. As a scholarship holder you will have privileged access to UK equipment and expertise to carry out research and contribute to society.

Applicants must be High-quality graduates with and exceptional academic background. You must present a clear research proposal with a developmental focus that will develop your potential to become an influential teacher or researcher back in your home country. This programme focuses on the following themes

  • Science and technology for development
  • Strengthening health systems and capacity
  • Promoting global prosperity
  • Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  • Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  • Access, inclusion and opportunity


The Scholarship programme offers the following benefits

  • Selected applicants will receive a monthly stipend worth £1,347 or £1,652 for those at universities in the London metropolitan area, to cover their daily living expenses.
  • The programme will offer you coverage for airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award
  • You will receive coverage for tuition fees for your selected programme at your selected university
  • Selected applicant will receive Warm clothing allowance up on their arrival in the UK.
  • You will also receive Study travel grant to cover costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
  • Widowed, divorced, or a single parent scholars will receive a child allowance worth £576 per month for the first child, and £143 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16. These allowances will be offered only if you are accompanied by your children and they are living with you at the same address in the UK


To apply for these the scholarship programme, you must meet the following conditions.

  • Scholarships are open to citizen of an eligible commonwealth country or those who have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person. (Please see full list here)
  • Applicants must be permanent residents of an eligible Commonwealth country
  • To be selected, you must be undertaking or planning to undertake a PhD programme at a university in an eligible Commonwealth country by September 2023.
  • Candidates must posses first degree (Bachelor’s)of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard
  • Applicants who posses second-class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (Master’s) will also be considered.
  • You must be facing financial constraints and prove that you are unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
  • Your home university and your proposed UK university must have established institutional or departmental link


Applicants must first apply for a study stay at their preferred UK university which has a part funding agreement with the CSC. Stays are usually for a period 12 months. Please see a full list of participating Universities here

After identifying and applying to your preferred University, you must then complete and submit your application directly to the CSC using the CSC’s online application portal. To complete your application, you must submit the following documents

  • Submit full transcripts of records for all your higher education qualifications
  • In case your academic transcripts were not issued in English, submit their official translations
  • Submit a Copy of your valid passport or national ID card. This must show your photograph, date of birth, and country of citizenship or if applicable, refugee status
  • Request and submit a supporting statement from your supervisor at your home country university. The statement must clearly indicate the institutional link between your university and the proposed UK university
  • You must also request a recommendation from at least one other individual who will submit a reference letter on your behalf directly via the online application system

To apply, Click here

For more information, visit the official website here

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