University of Pretoria Commonwealth Scholarship for Doctoral Studies 2025

Applications are welcomed from suitably qualified applicants for the University of Pretoria Commonwealth Scholarship for studies at the doctoral level in South Africa for the 2025 academic session.

As part of South Africa’s contribution to the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan, the University of Pretoria has made funds available for doctoral scholarships for students coming from Commonwealth Countries (excluding South African students).


  • Scholarship Sponsor(s): University of Pretoria
  • Host Institution(s): University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Scholarship Type: Fully Funded
  • Scholarship Worth: Not specified
  • Number of Awards: Several
  • Study Level: Doctoral Studies
  • Nationality: Commonwealth Countries

See Also: Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships (QECS) 2024/25 [Fully Funded]

University of Pretoria Commonwealth Scholarship | Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for the Commonwealth Scholarships 2025, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • The UP Commonwealth Doctoral Scholarship will be awarded to applicants who are citizens of Commonwealth countries, except South Africans.
  • Applicants must conduct their studies at the University of Pretoria and commence in 2025.
  • Applicant must have submitted an application to study at UP for the 2025 academic year.
  • Each Applicant must have identified a potential supervisor.
  • Each Applicant must have submitted academic records to the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA).
  • Applicants must have completed their postgraduate/Masters degree no less than two years prior to applying to UP for admission for the 2025 academic year.
  • Applicants who are older than 40 years of age do not qualify for this scholarship.
  • PhD and Masters students currently registered or who previously studied at the University of Pretoria are not eligible to apply.

Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: Interested applicants for the University of Pretoria Commonwealth Scholarship 2025 are to complete an online application by the application deadline and send the following requirements as a single pdf document to [email protected] with a Subject Heading “UP Commonwealth 2025”:

  • The UP Online application Ref “T” number or 2025 student number provided to the Applicants by UP on their UP Portal.
  • A written motivation from the prospective Doctoral supervisor that you have identified from UP. The said motivation must confirm the availability of research funding.
  • An outline (one A4 page) of the proposed research work.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) – no more than 3 pages.
  • Proof that study leave will be granted if the scholarship is awarded (if applicable) by your place of current work.
  • Copy of a valid passport.
  • Full academic transcripts of all qualifications obtained (not certificates).
  • Two completed reference forms from two different academics/supervisors who have current knowledge of the Applicant’s academic performance (Reference form attached).

Application Deadline: 11 September 2024

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