Commonwealth Scholarships in Low and Middle Income Countries, 2016-2017

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Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is pleased to offer scholarships to citizens of all Commonwealth countries to study in member countries.

Scholarships are available for masters degree progammes in any subject at participating universities.

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is the world's first and oldest international university network, established in 1913. CSFP aims to promote and support excellence in higher education for the benefit of individuals and societies throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.

Applicants must be a citizen of any Commonwealth country other than the host country. Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to
study there.

Study Subject(s): Scholarships are awarded in any subject.
Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing masters degree program at participating universities.
Scholarship Provider: Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)
Scholarship can be taken at:
Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Pakistan, Rwanda, Swaziland and Uganda


  • Applicants must be a citizen of any Commonwealth country other than the host country.
  • Applicants must hold a first degree of upper second class standard (or above) in a discipline relevant to that in which study is proposed

Scholarship Open for International Students: Students from developing Commonwealth countries: Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Cyprus, Malta, United Kingdom, Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu (except for which they are applying i.e. Bangladesh, Botswana, Cameroon, Caribbean (Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago), Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, South Pacific (Fiji, Samoa) and Sri Lanka) can apply for these commonwealth scholarships.

Scholarship Description: The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is a unique programme. Since its establishment in 1959, it has provided opportunities for over 30,000 citizens of all Commonwealth countries to study in other member countries. Since the scholarships have traditionally been supported by host governments, the overwhelming majority have been hosted by developed Commonwealth countries. Now, following the establishment of the CSFP endowment fund in 2009, a new strand of Commonwealth Scholarships located in low and middle income countries is available.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): Not Known

What does it cover? The scholarships provide

  • Return economy airfare from the scholar's home country to the host country
  • An arrival allowance of USD 500 to cover removal costs
  • Full tuition fees
  • A monthly/quarterly stipend intended to cover living costs, sustenance and local transport. Scholars will need to cover accommodation costs from their stipend.

Selection Criteria: Not Known

Notification: Successful applicants will be notified within three months of the closing date.

How to Apply: Email the completed application form to the email address detailed on the relevant country page above. With your application you should submit:

  • High school certificates
  • Undergraduate transcripts and graduation certificate
  • Scan of photo page of passport
  • Proof of English language ability if English is not your first language
  • At least one academic reference
  • University offer letter for the institution you have applied to, if you already have one

Application form

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 29 February 2016.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application

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