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Commonwealth scholarships

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. 

The deadline to apply for this scholarship for the 2018/19 academic year has now passed, please check this page in early November for details of 2019/20 application cycle.

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

2018 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.

Please note that all candidates must have met the English Language Requirements before applying.

There will be up to four scholarships awarded to eligible applicants for the following subjects:

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's Electronic Application System (EAS) will be available from 27 February 2018.  The deadline for the University of Southampton will be 10 April 2018.

How to apply

The selection process will be carried out by the University of Southampton. Successful applicants will be advised by July 2018.

For more information about the scheme, including full eligibility criteria and the application process, please refer to the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships section on the Commonwealth Scholarships website.

PhD scholarships for high income Commonwealth countries

2018 Scholarships

These scholarships are offered for PhD or split-site PhD study for students from the following countries:

Anguilla, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Malta, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos Islands

The application cycle for 2018 scholarships is now open. Deadline: 22 May 2018.

For further information, see the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission’s information about scholarships for citizens of high income Commonwealth countries.

Master's and PhD Scholarships

2018 Scholarships

These scholarships are for candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries to study a Masters or PhD programme at a UK university.

The application round for 2018 scholarships is now open.

Deadline for applications: 23.59 (GMT) on 22 February 2018

To apply

Make an application through your designated national nominating agency and make an application via through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s Electronic Application System (EAS).

Make a postgraduate application to the University of Southampton using the online postgraduate application form. Please state that you are applying for a Commonwealth scholarship.

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

Distance Learning scholarships

2018 Scholarships

The University has been awarded Commonwealth Distance Learning scholarships for 2018 entry to the following programmes:

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: 20 June 2018 (N.B. the EAS application platform will open on 1 April 2018)

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 our Gerontology Postgraduate study Scholarships page.

Split-site PhD Scholarships

These scholarships are for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries to spend up to 12 months at a UK university during their PhD programme.

2018 Scholarships

The application round for 2018 scholarships is now open.

Deadline for applications: 23.59 (GMT) 15 February 2018.

To apply

Make a scholarship application directly to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

Make an application to the University of Southampton to be a Visiting Research student.

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 further information, see 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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