Commonwealth Split-site (PhD) Scholarships 2020 to Study in the United Kingdom (Fully Funded)

Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships are for PhD candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, to spend up to 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country.

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Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Split-site 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. These scholarships are offered under six themes:

  1. Science and technology for development
  2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  6. Access, inclusion and opportunity.

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These scholarships are for:

  • 12 months study at a UK university as part of an applicant’s doctoral studies in their home country, starting in October 2020
  • Applicants who are registered (or will be registered by September 2020) for a PhD 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. View a full list of UK universities with part funding agreements



Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country

Be registered for a PhD at a university in aneligible Commonwealth country by the time your scholarship is confirmed (September 2020)

Be available to start your academic studies inthe UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2020

By October 2020, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and are levant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree).

·Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship


Scholarship Worth

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 £1,110 per month, or £1,362

per  month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted  at 2019-2020 levels)


· Warm clothing allowance, where applicable

· Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas

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· If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of £ 476 per  month for the first child, and £ 117  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 (rates quoted  at 2019-2020 levels)

How to apply
You must make your application directly to the CSC using the CSC’s online application system. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the online application system. You are not required to apply via a nominating body for these scholarships.

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Only one application per applicant for these scholarships will be accepted.

Application deadline: Your application must be submitted by 16:00 (GMT) on 06 November 2019 at the latest.


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.

Supporting documentation: Your application must include the following supporting documentation by 16:00 (GMT) on 27 November 2019



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