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If you are from a Commonwealth country and would like to study at postgraduate level at the University of Southampton, you may be able to apply for a scholarship under one of the UK Commonwealth Scholarship Commission schemes. 

Commonwealth Scholarships
Commonwealth Scholarships

Commonwealth Scholarships at the University of Southampton

We are pleased to participate in a number of Commonwealth Scholarship Commission programmes each year, including:

Shared Scholarships

2019 Scholarships

The Shared Scholarship Scheme is a joint initiative between the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UK universities, to support students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study a Masters programme in the United Kingdom.

The application round for 2019 scholarships has now passed. Please check this page later in the year for details of the 2020/21 application cycle.

For more information about the scheme, please refer to the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships section on the Commonwealth Scholarships website.

Master's and PhD Scholarships

2019 Scholarships

These scholarships are for candidates from eligible Commonwealth countries to study a Masters or PhD programme at a UK university.

The application round for 2019 scholarships has now passed. Please check this page later in the year for details of the 2020/21 application cycle.

For further information, see the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's information about scholarships for Master's study and PhD study.

Distance Learning scholarships

2019/20 Scholarships

The University has been awarded 15 Commonwealth Distance Learning scholarships for 2019 entry to the following programmes:

How to apply

Eligible applicants must apply BOTH to the Commonwealth Scholarships commission via Electronic Application System (EAS) and to the University of Southampton via Postgraduate applications.

Application deadline: 22 March 2019 (N.B. the EAS application platform will open on 1 February 2019)

Entry requirements

Candidates should have a minimum of an upper second class (2:1) Bachelors Honours or equivalent degree in the Economic, Social and Political Sciences or a field relevant to Gerontology. Candidates should also already have, or plan to take shortly, an IELTS test (minimum 6.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each component). Preference will be given to applicants with a valid IELTS score or who have evidence of having booked an IELTS test shortly.


For guidance on the application process and eligibility criteria, see the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s information for candidates.

You can also find more information on the Gerontology Postgraduate study scholarships page or by contacting the Admissions Tutor, Professor Athina Vlachantoni at



Split-site PhD Scholarships

Applications are now open for the 2019 Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships for PhD candidates from eligible Commonwealth countries to spend 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country.

The scholarships are for study starting in October 2019, and are aimed at high-quality graduates whose proposed research has a developmental focus and who have the potential to become influential teachers or researchers in their home countries.  

Split-site Scholarships are delivered through an institutional or departmental link between the candidate’s home university and proposed UK university.

The closing date for applications is 4 February 2019.

How to apply

Please note: For these scholarships, candidates must demonstrate an institutional or department link between their home institution and the UK institution as part of their application.

For full details, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s information about  split-site PhD scholarships.

Further information

Our staff regularly visit many countries worldwide. To meet one of our representatives in your country, see our current schedule of events

Alternatively, please contact us directly at

International Voices blog

Every year, the University of Southampton welcomes a number of scholars from a variety of scholarship schemes. You can read about their experiences in Southampton on our International Voices blog

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