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Commonwealth PhD Scholarships 2023/24 for Least Developed Countries

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the Commonwealth PhD Scholarships 2023/24. The Commonwealth scholarships are for candidates from least developed countries and fragile States in the Commonwealth, for full-time doctoral studay at a UK university.

Funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), Commonwealth PhD scholarships contribute to the development needs of Commonwealth countries by supporting research that will have a development impact.


Scholarship Sponsor(s): UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)

Scholarship Type: Full Funding

Host Institution(s): UK Universities

Scholarship Worth: See Scholarship Benefits (below)

Number of Awards: Several

Study Level: Postgraduate (PhD)

Nationality: Commonwealth Countries


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Commonwealth PhD Scholarships 2023/24 | Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for the Commonwealth PhD Scholarships 2023/24, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person.
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country.
  • Be available to start academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September 2023.
  • By September 2023, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree (2:2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree).
  • NOT be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university or in your home country before September/October 2023.
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship.
  • Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format

Scholarship Benefits

  • 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: full fees are covered by agreement between the CSC and the UK university, and scholars are not liable to pay for any part of the tuition fee.
  • Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,236 per month, or £1,516 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at current levels).
  • Warm clothing allowance, where applicable.
  • Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas.
  • Provision towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas (the cost of one economy class return airfare to your fieldwork location), where approved.
  • Paid mid-term visit (airfare) to your home country, unless you have claimed or intend to claim spouse and/or child allowances during your scholarship, or have received a return airfare to your home country for fieldwork.
  • Family allowances, as follows (rates quoted at current levels):
  • If you are accompanied by your spouse but no children: spouse allowance of £266 per month for a maximum period of nine months, if you and your spouse are living together at the same address in the UK (unless your spouse is also in receipt of a scholarship; other conditions also apply).
  • If you are accompanied by your spouse and children: spouse allowance of £266 per month and child allowance of £266 per month for the first child, and £131 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if your spouse and children are living with you at the same address in the UK (unless your spouse is also in receipt of a scholarship; other conditions also apply).
  • If you are accompanied by your children but no spouse: child allowance of £529 per month for the first child, and £131 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if your children are living with you at the same address in the UK

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Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: Interested applicants for the Commonwealth PhD Scholarships 2023/24 are to complete an online application using the CSC’s online application system. Candidates must apply to one of the below nominating agencies as well as to the CSC. Nominating agencies will then put forward candidates to the CSC.

Each nominating agency oversees its own selection process and may have additional eligibility criteria. Candidates must check with the nominating agency for their specific advice and rules for applying, and their own eligibility criteria. Nominating agencies may set their own closing date for applications.

Supporting Documents:

  • Proof that the applicant is a citizen or has refugee status in an eligible Commonwealth country: a copy of a valid passport (or national ID card) showing a photograph, date of birth, and country of citizenship
  • Full transcripts detailing all higher education qualifications, including to-date transcripts for any courses currently being studied, with certified translations if not in English
  • References from at least two individuals on institutional letterhead
  • Supporting statement on institutional letterhead from a proposed supervisor in the UK from at least one of the institutions named on the application form.

Application Deadline: 18 October 2022 at 16:00 GMT.

Visit the Official Website for Further Details

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