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Durham University


Commonwealth Scholarships for Developing Countries

Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.

Geographical Criteria

Applicants must be a citizen of a developing Commonwealth country:

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cameroon
  • Dominica
  • Falkland Islands
  • Fiji
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Montserrat
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guineas
  • Pitcairn
  • Rwanda
  • St Helena
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tristan da Cunha
  • Turks and Caicos
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Western Samoa
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Level of Study

Various - Taught Master's, PhD programmes and professional development

Mode of study

Full time

Year of Entry

Applicants for 2020/21



    • 12 months’ support towards completion of a full-time taught postgraduate qualification at an eligible UK institution. Please note that the Commission offers do not cover MBA programmes
    • Up to 36 months’ support towards completion of a full-time doctoral postgraduate qualification at an eligible UK institution

    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 Scholarship application form. Links to the relevant application forms are provided below for information

    Application deadline

    30th October 2019

    For further information or advice:

    Commonwealth Scholarships Website


    Phone: +44 (0)191 334 6395