Courses that are eligible
In addition to applying for a Distance Learning Scholarship, Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are available to candidates from the Commonwealth’s least developed, low-income, and lower-middle-income countries for part-time Master’s study via distance learning on selected courses offered by UK universities. These scholarships are funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.
Purpose: Contribute to the development of Commonwealth countries by training competent and qualified professionals in important development sectors.
Beneficiaries: High-quality postgraduate students who want to access training not available in their home countries, who want or need to stay in their home country while studying, and who have the potential to improve their home countries’ development with the knowledge and leadership skills they gain.
How to apply
You must apply to a UK university that participates in the Distance Learning scheme to study an eligible master’s course. Click Here for a list of participating universities and, you must apply for and be admitted to your university course. For particular information on when to apply, admission requirements, and application procedures, you should contact your preferred university. In addition to any other applications required by your chosen university, you must submit your application through the CSC’s online application system. The CSC will not accept applications that are not submitted through the online application method.
You may apply to more than one course and/or university, but you may only accept one offer of a Distance Learning Scholarship. Applications for candidates must be submitted by 18:00 (GMT) on March 15, 2022. In order for your application to be considered, it must include the following supporting documentation by 17:00 (GMT) on 5 April 2022:
- At least one reference – uploaded to the online application system directly by the referee (referees will be sent an email request)
- An offer letter to begin the chosen course of study in the 2022-2023 academic year – uploaded to the online application system
- Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications (with certified translations if not in English) – uploaded to the online application systemThe CSC will not accept supporting documentation submitted outside the online application system.
Supporting documentation must be uploaded to the online application system as files no larger than 5 MB in size and in one of the following formats: PDF,.doc,.docx,.odt,.jpg,.jpeg. Files in any other format (including Zip files and PDF Portfolios) will not be accepted.
Applicants are responsible for obtaining permission from their referees prior to submitting their application, ensuring that their referees are available to complete the reference by the deadline, as well as receiving an email from the online application system requesting a reference.
The CSC’s Online Application Form is now open.
Each participating UK university will conduct its own recruitment process in order to select a set number of candidates for Distance Learning Scholarships. Universities must submit their chosen candidates to the CSC by May 9, 2022. After the CSC confirms that these candidates match the program’s eligibility conditions, colleges will notify candidates of their results in July 2022.
Selection criteria include:
- the candidate’s academic merit; and
- the potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country.
Please keep in mind that only candidates from the 25 countries listed below are eligible to apply for Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships in 2022.
Papua New Guinea
General Conditions. The general conditions for the award can be found Click Here
Enquiries. For further enquiries Click Here