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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

University of Southampton Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2020

We are partnering with the UK Department for International Development to offer six scholarships to support students from select Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study a Masters programme in the United Kingdom.

The scholarship offers full funding including fees, a monthly stipend payment and travel costs.

For full Terms & Conditions please visit the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website.

Eligible Programmes for 2020

MSc Applied Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing (AGISRS)
MSc Demography
MSc Diabetes Best Practice
MSc Education (with pathways in Education Management and Leadership or Education Practice and Innovation)
MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology
MSc Genomic Medicine
MSc Global Health
MSc Oceanography
MSc Public Health (with the option of pathways in Nutrition, Intelligence, Global Health or Management)
MSc Sustainability

How to Apply

  1. Check that you meet all Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) eligibility criteria, available to view on their website.
  2. Select from the masters level programmes listed above, and check that you will meet the academic programme entry requirements by July 2020.
  3. Complete the CSC Online Application Form by 16:00 (GMT) on 18 December 2019. At this stage it is not necessary to submit a University of Southampton admissions application.
  4. Check that you meet the English Language requirements for your chosen programme. You will need to have met them no later than 2 March.
  5. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to make an admissions application to their chosen programme by 2 March 2020. You will have a minimum of two weeks’ notice to make your application. Please check your emails regularly in February.
  6. Applicants who have not been shortlisted will be advised via email by April 2020.

Key Dates

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

Master's and PhD Scholarships 2020

Applications for Commonwealth Master’s and PhD Scholarships from eligible Commonwealth countries are now closed. They are expected to reopen in August 2020 for opportunities to study at the University of Southampton in 2021/2022.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), these 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. 

Candidates will be selected based on their potential to impact the development of their home country, as well as academic merit and the quality of their plan of study.  The CSC aims to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make change.

To apply

Candidates are advised to read the scholarships terms and conditions carefully and to ensure they meet the full eligibility criteria as stated in the terms and conditions.  For full details, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s information about scholarships for Master’s study  and PhD Study.

Distance Learning scholarships

2020/21 Scholarships

The University has been awarded 20 Commonwealth Distance Learning scholarships for 2020 entry to the following programmes:

How to apply

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

The Electronic Application System (EAS) is expected to open for applicants on Monday 2 March 2020 16:00 (GMT) and applicants will be required to apply by Monday 4 May 2020 16:00 (GMT). All references must be submitted by Monday 22 May 2020 16:00 (GMT).

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 for Commonwealth Split-site PhD Scholarships from eligible Commonwealth countries are now closed.  They are expected to reopen in autumn 2020 for opportunities to study at the University of Southampton in 2021/2022.

These scholarships are for PhD candidates from eligible countries to spend 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country.

The scholarships 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.

Eligible applicants are encouraged to apply during the application window in the following way:

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 for candidates.

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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