Commonwealth Scholarship Commission

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) is responsible for managing Britain’s contribution to the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan.

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan is an international programme under which member governments offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commonwealth countries. The Plan was established at the first Commonwealth education conference in 1959 and is reviewed by education ministers at their triennial meetings – the only scholarship scheme in the world to receive such high-level recognition.

The CSC supports around 750 awards annually. Awards are funded by the Department for International Development (for developing Commonwealth countries), and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Scottish Government (for developed Commonwealth countries), in conjunction with UK universities. The CSC also nominates UK citizens for scholarships to study in other Commonwealth countries under the CSFP.

The CSC makes available several types of award:

  • Scholarships for Masters or PhD study for applicants from developing countries of the Commonwealth, including the Commonwealth Scholarship
  • Scholarships for PhD study for applicants from developed countries of the Commonwealth, including the Commonwealth Cambridge Scholarship
  • Shared Scholarships for Masters study – the CSC works with the Cambridge Trust to offer the Commonwealth Shared Cambridge Scholarship, which is available to students from developing countries of the Commonwealth who apply to take a Master's degree. Further information on Commonwealth Shared Scholarships can be found on the Commission's website
  • Academic Fellowships for staff serving in developing country universities
  • Split-site Scholarships for PhD students to spend up to one year in the UK
  • Professional Fellowships for mid-career professionals in developing countries
  • Distance Learning Scholarships for developing country students to study UK Master’s degree courses while living in their own countries

Note for students

You are encouraged to use the Trust's scholarships search to find all the awards for which you may be eligible.