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Commonwealth PhD Scholarships for high income countries

Applications for Commonwealth PhD scholarships (for high income countries) for the 2023 to 2024 academic year are now closed. 

You will be notified of the outcome of your applications by December 2023. 

The page is correct as of September 2023 and is for information only. 

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) provides these scholarships jointly with UK universities to support world-class research and are funded by the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).  

They are for high-quality graduates who have the potential to undertake world-class research of a developmental nature and to become influential leaders, teachers, or researchers in their home country. 

This scholarship is for full time PhD study starting in January or February 2024. 

It covers: 

  • your tuition fees 
  • return travel costs 
  • a monthly stipend 
  • an allowances package 


Candidates will be chosen based on: 

  • their potential to impact the development of their home country 
  • academic merit 
  • the quality of research proposal 



You must: 

  • be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible commonwealth country and live there permanently 
  • be available to start your academic studies by January or February 2024 
  • be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship 
  • provide all supporting documentation in the required format 

You must also hold either 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) by September 2022. 


Eligible courses 

This scholarship is for study across a range of subject areas. It is offered to students whose studies fall under one of these themes: 

  • 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 


Eligible countries 

  • Anguilla 
  • Antigua and Barbuda 
  • Australia   
  • Bahamas 
  • Barbados 
  • Bermuda 
  • British Virgin Islands 
  • Brunei Darussalam 
  • Canada 
  • Cayman Islands 
  • Cyprus 
  • Falkland Islands 
  • Gibraltar 
  • Malta 
  • New Zealand 
  • Seychelles 
  • Singapore 
  • St Kitts and Nevis 
  • Trinidad and Tobago 
  • Turks and Caicos Islands 


Deadline for applying 

1 September 2023 at 16:00 UK time. 


How to apply 

1. Complete an application using the CSC’s online application system. 

2. Apply for your PhD programme at Southampton, stating that you wish to be considered for Commonwealth Scholarship funding. 

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission provides more information on this scholarship. 

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