Commonwealth Split-Site Scholarship for Developing Countries, 2020: Ph.D Scholars are invited to apply for the Commonwealth Split-site Scholarship for the 2020 academic year. The scholarship program is for Ph.D candidates who are from low and middle income Commonwealth countries and they may be required to spend at least 12 months at a United Kingdom university as part of their doctoral studies in their country of origin. The scholarship aims at supporting and encouraging resourceful and highly motivated applicants to gain the knowledge and specific skills required for sustainable development and also targeted at those who could not have otherwise have the funds to study in the UK. The scholarship is also to increase access to UK equipment and expertise for high class doctoral candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries while contributing to UK and Commonwealth higher education and research through collaboration and partnerships.
Scholarship Sponsor(s): UK Department for International Development (DFID)
Scholarships to be taken at: UK university
Scholarship Type: Full Scholarship
Scholarship level: Postgraduate
Scholarship Worth: Tuition fee, approved airfare, living allowance at the rate of £1,100 or £1,362 per month depending on the location of the university, warm clothing allowance, study travel grants and other allowances.
Scholarship Slots: Several
Subject Eligibility: The thematic areas of the scholarship include: Science and technology for development, strengthening health systems and capacity, promoting global prosperity, strengthening global peace, security and governance, strengthening resilience and response to crises, access, inclusion and opportunity.
Country/Candidate Eligibility: Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon, Dominica, eSwatini, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, St Helena, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, The Gambia, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia,
Scholarship Eligibility and Selection Criteria:
- Applicants must be citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person.
- Applicant must be residing permanently in an eligible Commonwealth country.
- Applicant must be a registered PhD candidate at a university in a Commonwealth eligible country by the time of scholarship confirmation (September, 2020).
- Applicant must be sure that an institutional or departmental link exists between your home university and the proposed UK university.
- Applicant must be available to start academic studies in the UK by the commencement of the UK academic year in September/October, 2020.
- Applicants are to provide all supporting documents in the required formats.
- Applicant be unable to afford studies in the UK without the scholarship.
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Application Procedure for the Commonwealth Split-Site Scholarship for Developing Countries, 2020
- Applicants are to apply to study at a UK university which has a part funding agreement with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC). Part funding agreements are at the discretion of individual universities.
- Applicants are to apply directly to the CSC using the CSC’s online application system. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not done via the online application system.
- Applicants are to visit http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/split-site-scholarships-low-middle-incomecountries for information on how to access the online application.
- Applicants must ensure that all applications be submitted by 16:00 (GMT) on 6 November 2019 at the latest.
- Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit application as soon as possible, as the online application system will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline.
- Applicants must ensure that they include the required supporting documentation to their application by 16:00 (GMT) on 27 November 2019 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration. The supporting documents include:
- Proof of citizenship or refugee status: copy of valid passport or national ID card showing photograph, date of birth, country of citizenship or refugee status and uploaded to the online application system.
- Full academic transcripts of all higher education qualifications including up-to-date transcripts for any qualifications currently undertaking (with certified translations if not in English Language). Same should be uploaded to the online application portal.
- Applicant must ensure that supporting statement from your supervisor at your home country university to include details of the institutional link between the university where you are/will be registered for your PhD and your proposed UK university – submitted directly by your supervisor to the online application system (supervisors will be sent an email request).
- Also supporting statement from a proposed supervisor at a UK university to include details of the institutional link between the university where you are/will be registered for your PhD and your proposed UK university – submitted directly by your supervisor to the online application system (supervisors will be sent an email request).
- Applicants are to also note that reference from one other individual be submitted directly by the referee to the online application system (referees will be sent an email request)
- Applicants must know that it is their duty to ensure that their referees and supervisors are able to complete the references and supporting statements by the deadline and that they receive the reference and statement requests.
- Applicants are to know that 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 one application per applicant for these scholarships will 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.
- Applicants are not to apply via a nominating body for the scholarships.
Application Deadline: 6th November, 2019