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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 are now open for 2020 Commonwealth PhD Scholarships from eligible Commonwealth countries.

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.

The deadline for applications is 16:00 (GMT) 30 October 2019.

Distance Learning scholarships

2019/20 Scholarships

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

The application round for 2019 scholarships has now passed. Applications for commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships will open in early 2020.

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 2020 Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships 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 for study starting in October 2020, 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 16:00 (GMT) on 6 November 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 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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