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Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

The scholarships are available thanks to a partnership with the Department for International Development. The scholarships provide an opportunity for Commonwealth nationals from developing countries to receive a fully funded scholarship on a Taught Masters programme at Durham University. The scholarships are open to applicants from one of the eligible countries who are also wishing to study one of the eligible programmes. Details of the eligibility criteria along with information specific to applicants applying for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship at Durham University are included below for information.

Eligible Commonwealth Countries

Details of all eligible Commonwealth Countries along with national nominating agency information can be found here

Level of Study

Taught Master's Degree programmes

Mode of study

Full time

Year of Entry

Applicants for programmes commencing in September/October 2017


Further information

Applicants must:

  • Be Commonwealth citizens, refugees, or British protected persons

  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country (as above)

  • Be available to commence their academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2017

  • By August 2017, hold a first degree of either first or upper second class (2:1) classification, or lower second class (2:2) classification plus a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master's degree)

  • Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a developed country.

  • Be unable themselves, or through their families, to pay to study in the UK

Commonwealth scholars are expected to:

  • return to their home country at the end of their scholarship

2016-17 Rates:

  • Full payment of approved tuition fees
  • One return journey between the award-holder’s home and Durham at the commencement and expiration of the scholarship (economy class)
  • A stipend of £1,043 per month
  • A grant of £200 for expenses for approved study travel within the UK and overseas.
  • A grant of £225 towards the cost of thesis binding
  • Excess baggage allowance: up to the annual approved SCS allowance, when returning home.

Additional allowances for spouses or other dependants are not usually available.


One year

Number of awards available


For full Commonwealth Scholars Terms and Conditions please ensure you read the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2017 terms and conditions document.

In order for Durham University to consider your application you must ensure you complete both an academic application to the University and the on-line Commonwealth Shared Scholarship application form. Links to the relevant application forms are provided below for information

  • Stage 1: submit an academic application to Durham University: When completing this application please indicate your intention to apply for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship in the funding section of the academic application. Please ensure that you submit your academic application and provide your academic references to Durham University as soon as possible and no later than the scholarship application deadline date of 17 March 2017.
  • Stage 2: submit an online scholarship application via the Commonwealth Scholarships website. You can find advice on how to complete the scholarship application form here.

Pleae note

  1. both of these application forms must have been submitted and the University must also be in receipt of your references by the 17th March 2017.
  2. To allow sufficient time for your visa to be processed recipients should hold unconditional academic offers by 1st August 2017

Applications accepted from

17 November 2016

Application deadline

17 March 2017

When candidates will hear the outcome of their application

By 30 May 2017

For further information or advice:


Phone: +44 (0)191 334 6395

“Everything was achievable because the scholarship awarded to me. I would like to give A BIG THANK YOU to Durham University and Commonwealth Scholarship Commission for rewarding me such a wonderful year of my life”

Mohammad Samawat Ullah, MSc Internet Systems and Ebuisiness
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