Commonwealth Master's Scholarship 2023/24

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1 year tuition fees, a monthly stipend, allowances package and travel costs
Level of study
Full time
Starting date
1 September 2023
Fee status





Additional requirements


Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships are for candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, to undertake full-time taught Master’s study at a UK University. 

To be eligible to submit an application for a Commonwealth Scholarship, you must: 

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

  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country 

  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September 2023 

  • By September 2023, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree (2:2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree). The CSC would not normally fund a second UK Master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you will need to provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study 

  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship 

  • Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format 

Further information

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Master’s 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. These scholarships are offered under six themes: 

  1. Science and technology for development 

  1. Strengthening health systems and capacity 

  1. Promoting global prosperity 

  1. Strengthening global peace, security and governance 

  1. Strengthening resilience and response to crises 

  1. Access, inclusion and opportunity 

For full terms and conditions – including further details of the scholarship themes, tenure and placement, value of the scholarship, and general conditions – see the Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships 2023 terms and conditions 

The University of Dundee Scholarship Terms and Conditions also apply to all students, so please ensure you are familiar with these. There is also the University of Dundee Scholarship and Bursary FAQ’s which will answer any queries you have. 


How to Apply

You must apply to one of the following nominating bodies in the first instance – the CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships: 

All applications must be made through one of these nominating bodies. Each nominating body is responsible for its own selection process and may have additional eligibility criteria. You must check with your nominating body for their specific advice and rules for applying, their own eligibility criteria, and their own closing date for applications. 

You must make your application using the CSC’s online application system, in addition to any other application that you are required to complete by your nominating body. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the online application system. 

All applications must be submitted by 16:00 (GMT) on 18 October 2022 at the latest (including all supporting documentation). 

You are advised to complete and submit your application as soon as possible, as the online application system will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline. 

Your application must include the following supporting documentation in order for your application to be eligible for consideration: 

  • Proof of citizenship or refugee status – uploaded to the online application system 

  • Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications including to-date transcripts for any qualifications you are currently studying (with certified translations if not in English) – uploaded to the online application system 

  • References from at least two individuals – submitted directly by the referees to the online application system (referees will be sent an email request) 

It is your responsibility to ensure that your referees are able to complete the references by the deadline and that they receive the reference requests. 

The CSC will not accept supporting documentation submitted by nominating agencies or outside the online application system. 

Contact us

If the answer to your query is not included in our key facts document, please email We will need your Application ID number, or if you have not yet applied, please ensure you provide enough information to allow us to answer your enquiry.

If you have any queries regarding the status of your Commonwealth application or for any guidance relating to your application, please get in touch with Commonwealth directly.