Commonwealth Scolarships

Commonwealth Scholarships- Everything You Need To Know

Students from throughout the Commonwealth who due to financial constraints would not be able to study in the U.K. are the target audience for Commonwealth Scholarships. Through providing financial support for postgraduate courses in various formats, the program contributes to the development of future leaders and innovators.

Till date, over 31,000 people have taken up a Commonwealth Scholarship! 

Availability of awards 

  1. Commonwealth PhD Scholarships (for least developed countries and fragile states) 
  2. Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships (for low and middle-income countries) 
  3. Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships
  4. Commonwealth Shared Scholarships
  5. Commonwealth Distance Learning scholarships 
  6. Commonwealth PhD Scholarships (for high-income countries)
  7. Commonwealth Professional Fellowships

CSC Development Themes 

All Commonwealth Scholarships are offered under six CSC development themes.

  1. Science and technology for development
  2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Strengthening global peace, security, and governance
  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  6. Access, inclusion, and opportunity

A. Commonwealth PhD Scholarships

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office funds Commonwealth PhD Scholarships for applicants from the least developed nations and fragile states. 

The application deadline is October 17, 2023.

The candidate must: 

  • Have either a lower second-class degree plus a suitable postgraduate qualification, or a first degree with at least an upper second-class (2:1) honors standard by September 2024.
  • Not be able to afford this scholarship 

Eligible countries are 

  • Bangladesh, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, and  Zambia

Applications will be considered according to: 

  • Academic merit 
  • Quality of research proposal
  • Potential impact on the development of the candidate’s country

Financial assistance: 

  • Approved tuition fees: Full tuition fees are covered 
  • Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,347 per month
  • Warm clothing allowance, where applicable.
  • Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the U.K. or overseas.
  • Provision towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas 

B. Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships (for low and middle-income countries) 

  • Funded by the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), Commonwealth Split-site 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. They offer PhD scholars studying at eligible universities across the Commonwealth the opportunity to conduct research at an institute in the UK for 12 months.
  • Applicant must be registered for a PhD at a university in an eligible Commonwealth country by the time your Scholarship starts (September 2023)

Eligible counties are: 

  • Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana,  Cameroon Dominica,  Eswatini, Fiji,  Gabon, Ghana,  Grenada Guyana India Jamaica Kenya Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua, New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu and  Zambia

Applications will be considered according to: 

  • Academic merit 
  • Quality of research proposal
  • Potential impact on the development of the candidate’s country

Financial assistance:
– Approved tuition fees: Full tuition fees covered
– Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,236 per month
– Warm clothing allowance, where applicable
– Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas

C. Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships

  • Funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), Commonwealth Master’s 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.
  • Candidates from low and middle-income Commonwealth countries are eligible to undertake full-time Master’s study at a UK university.

Applicant must: 

  • By September 2024, hold a first degree of at least upper second-class (2:1) honors standard, or a lower second-class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification 
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK this scholarship 

Eligible counties are: 

  • Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana,  Cameroon Dominica,  Eswatini, Fiji,  Gabon, Ghana,  Grenada Guyana India Jamaica Kenya Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua, New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu and  Zambia

Applications will be considered according to: 

  • Academic merit 
  • Quality of research proposal
  • Potential impact on the development of the candidate’s country

Financial assistance:
– Approved tuition fees: Full tuition fees covered
– Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,236 per month
– Warm clothing allowance, where applicable
– Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas

D. Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

  • Funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), 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 eligible low and middle-income Commonwealth countries, to undertake full-time taught Master’s study at a UK university

Applicant must:

  • By September 2023, hold a first degree of at least upper second-class (2:1) honors standard, or a lower second-class degree (2:2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
  • Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high-income country
  • Be unable to afford to study in a UK university without this Scholarship

Eligible counties are: 

  • Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana,  Cameroon Dominica,  Eswatini, Fiji,  Gabon, Ghana,  Grenada Guyana India Jamaica Kenya Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua, New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu and  Zambia

Applications will be considered according to: 

  • Academic merit 
  • Quality of research proposal
  • Potential impact on the development of the candidate’s come country

Financial assistance:
– Approved tuition fees: Full tuition fees covered
– Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,236 per month
– Warm clothing allowance, where applicable
– Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
– Contribution towards the cost of a mandatory tuberculosis (TB) test, where required for a visa application

E.Commonwealth Distance Learning  scholarships 

  • Funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), 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 Distance Learning Scholarships are for candidates from eligible low and middle-income Commonwealth countries, to undertake part-time taught Master’s study with UK universities while remaining in their home countries.

Applicant 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 a developing Commonwealth country
  • Hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard. A lower qualification and sufficient relevant experience may be considered in certain cases.
  • Be unable to afford to study the program without this scholarship.

Eligible counties are: 

  • Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana,  Cameroon Dominica,  Eswatini, Fiji,  Gabon, Ghana,  Grenada Guyana India Jamaica Kenya Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua, New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu and  Zambia

Applications will be considered according to: 

  • Academic merit of the candidate 
  • Potential impact on the development of the candidate’s come country

Financial assistance:
Approved tuition fees: Full tuition fees covered 

F. Commonwealth PhD Scholarships (for high-income countries)

  • Funded by the UK Department for Education (DfE), Commonwealth PhD Scholarships for high-income countries support research that will have an impact in a field relating to sustainable development. They also enhance individual teaching and research capacity leading to increased institutional capacity in academic and other sectors in Commonwealth countries and will contribute to UK higher education and research by attracting high-caliber international candidates and encouraging links and collaboration.
  • Commonwealth PhD scholarships are for high-quality graduates who have the potential to undertake world-class research of a developmental nature and to become influential leaders, teachers, or researchers in their home countries.

Applicant must:

  • Show evidence that they are currently permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country. 
  • Not be registered for or have started a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD at a UK University prior to the start of the Scholarship and be available to start the Scholarship and academic studies in the UK in January/February 2024 
  • Hold a first degree of at least upper second-class (2:1) honors standard, or a lower second-class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree) by the time they apply for the Scholarship

Eligible counties are: 

  • Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Malta, New Zealand, Seychelles, Singapore, St Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands

Applications will be considered according to:

  • Academic merit 
  • Quality of research proposal
  • Potential impact on the development of the candidate’s come country

Financial assistance:
– Approved tuition fees: Full tuition fees covered
– Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,236 per month
– Warm clothing allowance, where applicable
– Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
– Provision towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas (the cost of one economy class return airfare to the fieldwork location), where approved.

G. Commonwealth Professional Fellowships

  • Commonwealth Professional Fellowships are for mid-career professionals from low and middle-income countries to spend a period of time at a UK host organization working in their sector for a program of professional development.
  • provide professionals with the opportunity to enhance knowledge and skills in their given sector, and to have catalytic effects on their workplaces.
  • Mid-career professionals (with five years relevant work experience) working organizations in low and middle-income Commonwealth countries.

Applicant must:

  • Have at least five years full-time, or equivalent part-time, relevant work experience, in a profession related to the subject of the fellowship programme, by the proposed start of the fellowship – voluntary work experience will not be counted towards this minimum
  • Be in employment at the time of application at an organization that they will return to upon completion of the fellowship
  • Provide at least two references, one of which must be from their current employer. Any applications for which references are not received by the reference closing date will be considered ineligible

Eligible counties are: 

  • Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana,  Cameroon Dominica,  Eswatini, Fiji,  Gabon, Ghana,  Grenada Guyana India Jamaica Kenya Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua, New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu and  Zambia

Financial assistance:

  • Approved return airfare from the Fellow’s home country to the UK.
  • Reimbursement of the standard visa application fee.
  • Stipend (living allowance) payable monthly (or pro rata) for the duration of the award at the rate of £1,944 per month
  • Arrival allowance of up to £1,061.10 (rates quoted at 2022/23 levels), including an element for warm clothing.
  • A maximum of £3,000 per Fellow can be agreed by host organizations for short courses/conferences as well as travel to visit other UK organizations where this forms an integral part of the programme.
Human Rights Scholarships

Human Rights Courses & Scholarships 🎓

In our contemporary world, the preservation of peace, and security, and the unwavering commitment to respecting and upholding human rights have taken on paramount significance. With a multitude of global events unfolding daily – ranging from conflicts and forced displacement to environmental catastrophes – it’s essential to understand the complex legal rules that violate the rights of people worldwide.

Considering this complex situation many renowned universities offer programs on Humanitarian Law, Counter Terrorism, Military Ethics as well as Refugee Rights.

Here is the list of universities offering such courses as well as details of the scholarships available for the same:

LL.M in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Geneva Academy, Switzerland

  • Offers both full and partial scholarships for its LL.M program in Human Rights. Full scholarships cover the cost of tuition and living expenses in Geneva for ten months
  • It provides practical training in both international humanitarian law and human rights law, as well as international criminal law

LL.M in Human Rights, Columbia University, USA

  • Columbia’s LL.M program is a joint effort between their Human Rights Institute and their Law school.
  • Students who apply for the fellowship have the opportunity for a partial or full tuition waiver plus living stipends depending on demonstrated financial need
  • Students in this LL.M receive training from both institutes in the practical applications of human rights law

LL.M in Human Rights, Queen Mary University of London, U.K. 

  • Queen Mary University offers scholarships for the full cost of tuition for non-European students. Students must be studying full-time coursework 
  • Queen Mary’s program is the first association between a graduate school and a non-governmental organization. It’s designed to offer cutting-edge theory to students pursuing scholarship in human rights.

LL.M International Criminal Justice and Human Rights, University of Dundee, U.K. 

  • The University of Dundee offers two full scholarships for students demonstrating honors-level work in law and a commitment to work in human rights.
  • Students are trained in international court systems and contemporary issues in the field.
  • The LL.M focuses on issues such as organized crime, regional civil wars that cross borders and spill over into other affected territories, as well as international terrorist activity

LL.M in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University, USA 

  • American University’s Washington College of Law offers many opportunities for LL.M students to apply for full tuition funding and fellowships
  • The LL.M program is a hybrid master’s program with both onsite and online curriculum offerings, allowing students a wide range of flexibility to acquire their advanced degree

Fulbright Scholarship 

  • Fulbright scholarships are used for a wide variety of fields within international relations and security studies, including conflict resolution, diplomacy, intelligence studies, and international security to pursue graduate-level studies in the United States
  • Typically cover one to two years of study for master’s degree programs or up to six years for Ph.D. programs, depending on the specific scholarship offered
  • Covers tuition and related academic expenses
  • Recipients receive a living stipend to cover accommodation, meals, and other living costs.

 

 

Oxford University Scholarships for Indian Students

Scholarships at University of Oxford For Indian Students

Indira Gandhi’s journey at the University of Oxford was a progressive period in her life. Her determination and resilience serve as an inspiration to countless students worldwide. The University of Oxford offers various scholarships and financial aid options to Indian students to help them pursue their higher studies.

The list of scholarships that Indian students can apply at the University of Oxford are, These are the Best Scholarships to Study at the University of Oxford – 

  1. Rhodes Scholarship 

  • The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting all-round students at the University of Oxford
  • Offers to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree
  • A class of 95 Scholars is selected each year
  • Covers all University and College fees, a living stipend of £18,180 per annum
  • Must be aged between 18-24
  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree (normally a Bachelor’s degree) with an academic background and grade that is a First Class Honors Degree or equivalent 

      The selection procedure is taken care of based on the underlying criteria-

  • Literary and scholastic achievements of applicants
  • Students who excel in activities such as dance, music, sports, debate, theater, and other artistic pursuits and co-curricular activities
  • Candidates with excellent leadership skills and a force of moral character
  1. Inlaks Scholarship

  • Since 1976, Inlaks Shivdasani Scholarships have been granted to Indian students to read at top-rated USA, UK, and European institutions in a full-time Master’s, MPhil, or Doctoral program.
  • Covers up to USD 100,000 to cover program tuition as well as scholars’ living expenses, healthcare, and one-way airfare
  • The Foundation has joint-scholarship arrangements with Imperial College, London, the Royal College of Art (RCA), London, the University of Cambridge (Cambridge Trust), Sciences Po, Paris, and King’s College London (for Ph.D. students).
  • Candidates having a postgraduate qualification (e.g. Master’s or PhD) from an institution abroad are not eligible to apply.
  • Candidates must be a maximum of 30 years of age
  1. Oxford and Cambridge Society of India (OCSI) Scholarships 

  • The OCSI scholarships worth INR 200,000 will be given to each of the following 2 scholarships holders tenable at either the University of Cambridge or the University of Oxford:
  1. OCSI K.K. Luthra Memorial Scholarship
  2. OCSI Anita Banerji Memorial Scholarship
  • Must not be older than 30 years of age

The major factors which catalyze the shortlisting of the candidates are:

  • Academic Achievements
  • Co-curricular Achievements
  • Community / Social Work
  1. Clarendon Scholarship

  • The Clarendon Fund is a major graduate scholarship scheme at the University of Oxford, offering around 140 new scholarships every year.
  • This encompasses all full-time and part-time master’s and all DPhil courses.
  • All Clarendon Scholarships cover tuition and college fees in full
  • Scholars on a full-time course receive a generous annual grant for living costs – which will be at least £17,668 for 2023-24. Scholars on a part-time course will receive a study support grant, to assist with non-fee costs.
  • Oxford students who are currently studying for a master’s degree at the university and plan to re-apply for DPhil are also eligible for the scholarship program
  1. Reach Oxford Scholarship

  • Reach Oxford Scholarships are offered to students from low-income countries who, for political or financial reasons, or because suitable educational facilities do not exist, cannot study for a degree in their own countries
  • Undergraduate Program 
  • Covers Tuition fees and college fees, a grant for living expenses, and one return airfare per year. 
  • The scholarship duration is 3 or 4 years depending on the course length
  • Applicants should be intending to return to their country of ordinary residence following their studies. Priority will be given to students who have not studied at undergraduate level before
  1. Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarship and Leadership Program

  • Designed for graduate student
  • Students who wish to pursue PG programs at the University of Oxford are eligible to apply.
  • The scholarship will cover the full amount of their tuition fees and a part of living costs up to 17,668 GBP (18.64 lakhs INR)

🌟 Explore Boundless Opportunities with the Korean Government Scholarship (GKS)!

The Korean Government Scholarship Program (GKS) might be your ticket to an incredible academic journey in South Korea!

“GKS scholarship applications are now open”

A total of 1540 scholarships are available for GKS bachelor, master’s, doctorate, and research programs for the upcoming batch. The embassy track and the university track are of two different types. 749 are available through the embassy and the remaining 791 are from the universities. 

The total number of Quotas allocated to Indians this year:

Embassy track – 24 

University track – 27 

Here are some key highlights of the GKS Scholarship:

✔️ Application start date: Sept 14, 2023

✔️ Application end date:  Dec 15, 2023

📚 Fully Funded Education: 

✅ It fully covers tuition fees

✅ A settlement allowance amounting to 200,000 KRW.

✅ Living allowance up to 900,000 KRW.

✅ Medical insurance of 20,000 KRW a month.

✈️ Round-Trip Airfare: GKS provides a round-trip flight ticket to ease your journey

✅ Applicants who have completed TOPIK 5 or 6 can skip the Korean language course 

❌ Applicants and parents must not be the citizen of South Korea 

 

Period of scholarship and eligibility:

Bachelor’s  – The duration is 5 years including one year of Korean language classes and 4-5 years of degree program.

  • All applicants must hold citizenship of NIIED-designated countries
  • Applicants who have associate degrees can only apply for the bachelor’s program 
  • The score percentile should be 80% or above on a 100-point scale or be ranked within the top 20% within one’s class 
  • Applicants must be under 25 years of age

Master’s – The duration is 3 years. This includes 1 year of Korean language classes and 2 years of degree coursework

  • All applicants must hold citizenship of NIIED-designated countries 
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree or education similar to or higher than a UG degree 
  • The score percentile should be 80% or above on a 100-point scale or be ranked within the top 20% within one’s class 
  • Applicants must be under 40 years of age 

Doctoral – Takes 4 years. It comprises 1 year of Korean language study followed by 3 years of Ph.D. study. 

  • All applicants must hold citizenship of NIIED-designated countries 
  • Requires a master’s degree or education equivalent or higher than a UG degree 
  • The score percentile should be 80% or above on a 100-point scale or be ranked within the top 20% within one’s class 
  • Applicants must be under 40 years of age

Research  – It is a  half or 1 year scholarship program 

  • All applicants must hold citizenship of NIIED-designated countries 
  • Requires a doctoral degree or an equivalent 
  • The score percentile should be 80% or above on a 100-point scale or be ranked within the top 20% within one’s class 
  • Applicants must be under 40 years of age
GKS Scholarship  Bachelor’s  Master’s  Doctoral  Research 
Duration (In years)  3 4 ½ or 1 
Degree Required Associate  Bachelor’s  Masters  Doctoral 
Percentile score  80 80 80 80
Age (Max)  25 40 40 40
Chevening University Fully Funded Scholarships

Achieve Fully Funded Master’s Degree!

Chevening Scholarships are fully funded scholarships to pursue any master’s program at any university in the UK. 

– Scholarship type – Merit-based 

– Offered by – Govt. bodies 

– Organisation – United Kingdom Govt. 

These scholarships are fully funded, so one is free to concentrate on reaching their professional objectives. The scholarship fully supports in : 

– Flights

– Accommodation 

– Course Fees 

– An arrival allowance 

– A departure allowance 

More than 1,500 scholarships have been offered by them in the previous year . All the relevant information required in order to submit applications effectively are mentioned below. 

Eligibility criteria:

– Be a citizen of a nation or territory that is eligible for Chevening

– For a least two years after the award has finished, go back to the home country.

– Having a master’s degree does not prevent one from applying for a Chevening Award

Work experience criteria:

– Candidates have a minimum of two years of professional experience

– Work experience of the following kinds is acceptable for Chevening: 

  1. Full-time employment
  2. Part-time employment
  3. Voluntary work
  4. Paid or unpaid internships

Application timeline and process: 

– Application start date –  12th sept 2023

– Application end date –    7th Nov 2023

– Qualified applications evaluation date by independent reading committees – 15th nov to 15th Dec 2023

– Application shortlisting process – 1st Feb 2024 to 15th Feb 2024

– Prior to the interview date, the shortlisted candidates are asked to submit two references and their educational records by Late Feb 2024

– Shortlisted candidates to be interviewed – 26th Feb – 26th April

– Interview results to be announced – June 2024