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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.

Level of Study

Taught Master's Degree programmes

Mode of study

Full time

Year of Entry

Applicants for postgraduate taught programmes commencing in September/October 2018


Applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of or be granted refugee status from an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person

  • Be permanently or continually resident in an eligible Commonwealth country

  • By August 2018, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard, or lower second class level plus a Master's degree.

  • The CSC cannot assess work experience in lieu of this minimum academic qualification

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

Applicants are required to sign an undertaking at the time of application that they:

  • Have not studied for one (academic) year or more in a high income (developed) country
  • Have not worked for one year or more in a high income (developed) country
  • Are themselves, or through their families, unable to pay to study in the UK
  • Will return to their home country within one month of the end date of their award.

Rates: 2017-18 (2018-19 to be confirmed)

  • Full payment of approved tuition fees
  • Airfares to and from the UK (booked in line with CSC policy)
  • Excess baggage allowance on return home, up to CSC rate
  • A stipend of £1,064 per month
  • Warm clothing allowance of £414.00
  • Tuberculosis test fees (where required by UK)
  • For scholars who are widowed, divorced, or a single parent: child allowance of £457 per month for the first child, and £112 per month for the second and third child


One year

Number of awards available


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 5th April 2018
  • Stage 2: submit an online scholarship application via the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission 5th April 2018

Please note

  1. Both of these application forms must have been submitted and the University must also be in receipt of your academic references by the 5th April 2018.
  2. To allow sufficient time for your visa to be processed recipients should hold unconditional academic offers by 1st August 2018

Applications accepted from

23rd February 2018

Application deadline

5th April 2018

When candidates will hear the outcome of their application

End of May 2018

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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