Commonwealth Shared Scholarship

This scholarship is available for international postgraduate students.

About the scholarship

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 UWE Bristol.

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 course' section for the courses eligible at UWE Bristol.

These scholarships do not cover PhD study, or any pre-sessional English language teaching.

What it covers

The scholarship 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)
  • 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.


Applications for this scholarship are closed for the academic year 2023/24.

To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person.
  • be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country. Please check on the CSCUK website for eligible Commonwealth countries.
  • be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October.
  • hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard by August.
  • 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 equality and cultural exchange. Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates.

Applicable courses

UWE Bristol doesn’t have any Commonwealth Shared Scholarship awards available for 2023/24.

Further information

To access the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's Complaints Procedure and Safeguarding Policy, please visit the UK Government website.

The CSC is committed to administering and managing its scholarships and fellowships in a fair and transparent manner. For further information, see the CSC anti-fraud policy and the DFID guidance on reporting fraud.

For more information, please visit the Commonwealth Scholarships website.

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan provides a network of study opportunities throughout the Commonwealth. Awards under the scheme are not made by a central body. Each Commonwealth country decides whether to offer awards in a particular year.