The UK Department for International Development (DFID) is pleased to announce Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships for low and middle-income countries. These scholarships are available to the participants who are registered or will be registered by September 2019 for a Ph.D. at a university in an eligible Commonwealth country.
These 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.
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Who May Eligible:
These scholarships are for:
- Applicants who are citizens of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
- 12 months of study at a UK university as part ofan applicant’s doctoral studies in their home country, starting in October 2019
- Applicants who are registered (or will be registered by September 2019) for a Ph.D. at a university in an eligible Commonwealth country
- Study at a UK university with which your home university has an established institutional or departmental link.
- Study at a UK university which has a part funding agreement with the CSC
How to Apply & Competition Rules:
To participate in the competition, you need to do register through the given link:
- These scholarships are offered under six themes:
- Science and technology for development
- Strengthening health systems and capacity
- Promoting global prosperity
- Strengthening global peace, security, and governance
- Strengtheningresilience and response to crises
- Access, inclusion, and opportunity
- Youmust make your application directly to the CSC using the CSC’s onlineapplication system.
- TheCSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the onlineapplication system.
- Youare not required to apply via a nominating body for these scholarships.
- Onlyone application per applicant for these scholarships will be accepted.
- You are advised to complete and submit your application as soon as possible, as the online application system will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline.
- Your application must include the following supporting documentation by 16:00 (GMT) on 18 February 2019:
- Copy of your valid passport (or national ID card) showing your photograph, date of birth, and country of citizenship – uploaded to the online application system
- Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications (with certified translations if not in English) – uploaded to the online application system
- Supporting statement from your supervisor at your home country university, highlighting current institutional links submitted directly by your supervisor to the online application system (supervisors will be sent an email request).
- Supporting statement from your proposed supervisor at a UK university, highlighting current institutional links submitted directly by your supervisor to the online application system (supervisors will be sent an email request).
- Reference from one other individual – submitted directly by the referee to the online application system (referees will be sent an email request)
- The CSC will not accept supporting documentation submitted outside the online application system.
- Supporting documentation uploaded to the online application system must be uploaded as files which are no more than 5 MB in size and must be in one of the following formats: PDF, .doc, .docx, .odt, .jpg, .jpeg.
- Files submitted in any other format (including Zip files and PDF Portfolios) will not be accepted.
- Only the application with the latest submission date, including submission of references and supporting statements, will be accepted.
- Any modifications to an application will count as a later submission date.
- Each scholarship provides:
- 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 the cost of journeys made before your award is confirmed)
- Approved tuition fees
- Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,084 per month, or £1,330 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2018-2019 levels)
- Warm clothing allowance, where applicable Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
- If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of £465 per month for the first child, and £114 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if you are accompanied by your children and they are living with you at the same address in the UK
The application must be submitted by 16:00 (GMT) on 04 February 2019 at the latest.