Students from developing countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK can apply for Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for Master’s study, jointly supported by Cranfield University. 

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Students from developing countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK can apply for Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for Master’s study, jointly supported by UK universities.

Purpose: To contribute to development needs of Commonwealth countries by providing training for skilled and qualified professionals and academics who would not otherwise have been able to study in the UK.

Intended beneficiaries: High-quality postgraduate students who have not studied extensively overseas before, who would not otherwise have the opportunity to study in the UK, and who have the potential to enhance the development of their home countries with the knowledge and leadership skills they acquire.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are offered for selected taught full-time Master’s courses. Please see the 'applicable courses' section for the courses eligible at Cranfield in 2018/19. These scholarships do not cover PhD study, or any pre-sessional English language teaching.


At a glance

  • Funding valueAll tuition fees, travel and living costs
  • Suitable for Applicants fromRest of World
  • Deadline17 Apr 2018
  • Funding provider(s)Commonwealth Scholarship Commission


What it covers

  • Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependants, nor usually the cost of journeys made before your award is finally confirmed)
  • Approved tuition and examination fees
  • Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,065 per month (rates quoted at 2017-2018 levels)
  • Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable
  • Warm clothing allowance, where applicable
  • Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas

Who can apply

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
  • By August, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard
  • 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

The CSC promotes equal opportunity, gender equity, and cultural exchange. Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates. The CSC is committed to administering and managing its scholarships and fellowships in a fair and transparent manner – for more information, see the CSC anti-fraud policy.

Further information

For more information please visit the Commonwealth Scholarships website.

How to apply

There are two steps to applying for the scholarship, you can do these simultaneously.

The first is to apply for admission to Cranfield University. You must either indicate in the ‘funding’ section of you application for admission that you wish to be nominated for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship or, if you have already applied for admission, email study@cranfield.ac.uk to ask that you be considered (please include your Cranfield Student ID number and course name in your email). You can only apply for the scholarship if your course is included in the eligible course list above.

The second step is to apply using the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s Electronic Application System (EAS). Click here for full information on how to use the EAS, including detailed guides. All applications must be submitted by 23.59 (BST) on 17 April 2018 at the latest.

If you are successful in your application you will be notified by the end of May 2018.