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Commonwealth Shared Scholarship

The award covers tuition fees, return airfares and living costs (£1,034 per month in 2015) for a one-year taught Masters programme.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships, set up by DFID in 1986, represent a unique partnership between the United Kingdom government and UK Universities.  To date, more than 3,500 students from developing Commonwealth countries have been awarded Shared Scholarships.  Without these awards they would not otherwise have been able to benefit from UK higher education.
The aim of the scheme 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 UK.  The scheme allows them to benefit from postgraduate study at a university in the UK which will help them to contribute toward the development of their home countries.


As part of the scholarship application, candidates must certify in writing that they:
  • are a national of one of the countries listed at http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/prospectus-shared-scholarships-2016.pdf and not at present. living or studying in a developed country.
  • hold an undergraduate degree at UK first class level equivalent.
  • are committed to the University of Kent and have not applied to several other institutions who are also nominating them for an award.
  • have not previously studied for one year or more in a developed country.
  • are themselves, or through their families, unable to pay to study in the UK.
  • will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete.  In some circumstances a student may be permitted to remain in the UK if seeing doctoral study and they satisfy certain strict conditions.
  • hold an unconditional offer by the deadline for a full-time postgraduate taught degree on one of the following courses at the University of Kent:
    • Conservation and Tourism MSc
    • International (International Business) MSc
    • Conservation and International Wildlife Trade MSc
    • Broadband & Mobile Communication Networks MSc
    • International Conflict Analysis MA
    • Terrorism and Society MA
Candidates will selected on the basis of academic excellence, satisfactory references and a personal statement of not more than 500 words.

How to apply

To be considered for the DFID Scholarship you must complete the following three steps:
  • Make a formal application for a postgraduate degree at the University of Kent for 2016-17.  This can be done online via http://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/.  
  • Send an email to the Scholarships Unit at scholarships@kent.ac.uk by midnight (GMT) on Wednesday 16 March 2016.  The email must include the following informations:
    • Subject Line: DFID Application 2016
    • Your full name
    • Your University of Kent postgraduate application number
    • Personal statement of between 300 and 500 words stating the reasons why you wish to apply for this scholarship, including confirmation of your eligibility
    • Full curriculum vitae
  • Complete the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) electronic application (EAS).  This can be done online at http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/eas/applicants/shared-scholarships/.
For further information please see http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/prospectus-shared-scholarships-2016.pdf.


The University of Kent is not offering this scholarship for 2017/18, details for 2018/19 will be published here when available.  For further information please see http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/eas/applicants/shared-scholarships/.

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