Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships for Low and Middle-Income Countries, 2020

UK Department for International Development (DFID) is pleased to offer Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships for Low and Middle-Income Countries.

These PhD fellowships are available for international candidates from low and middle-income Commonwealth countries, to spend up to 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country.

Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), 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.

Provided By: The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) provides the main UK government scholarship scheme led by international development objectives. The CSC is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for International Development (DFID).

Key Details:

  • Award Amount: Fully-Funded
  • Number of Awards: 750
  • Study Level: PhD
  • Requirement: Must be from low and middle-income Commonwealth countries
  • Submission Categories: Online
  • Application Deadline: 16:00 (GMT) on 06 November 2019

Who May Enter:

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Citizens of developing Commonwealth countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon, Dominica, Eswatini, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, St Helena, St Lucia, St Vincent, and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, The Gambia, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia) can apply for these fellowships.
  • Applicants who are citizens of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • 12 months of study at a UK university as part of an applicant’s doctoral studies in their home country, starting in October 2020
  • Applicants who are registered (or will be registered by September 2020) for a PhD at a university in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Study at a UK university with which your home university has an established institutional or departmental link.
  • Study at a UK university which has a part funding agreement with the CSC
  • Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there. Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

These scholarships are offered under six themes:

  • Science and technology for development
  • Strengthening health systems and capacity
  • Promoting global prosperity
  • Strengthening global peace, security, and governance
  • Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  • Access, inclusion, and opportunity

Application Procedure:

To participate, you must make your application directly to the CSC using CSC’s online application system.  One application per applicant for these financial aid positions will be accepted.

Required Documents: Your application must include the following supporting documentation:

  • Proof of citizenship or refugee status: a copy of your valid passport (or national ID card) showing your photograph, date of birth, and country of citizenship or refugee status– 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 system
  • Supporting statement from your supervisor at your home country university, highlighting current institutional links submitted directly by your supervisor to the online application system (supervisors will be sent an email request).
  • Supporting statements from your proposed supervisor at a UK university, highlighting current institutional links submitted directly by your supervisor to the online application system (supervisors will be sent an email request).
  • Reference from at least one other individual – submitted directly by the referee to the online application system (referees will be sent an email request)

Award Description:

Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships for Low and Middle Income Countries, 2020

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Imperial College London President’s PhD Scholarships for International Students

If you are a high performing undergraduate or Master’s student and have a strong desire to undertake a PhD program at a world-class research institution, you could be selected to receive full tuition fees and a generous stipend for a PhD place at Imperial College London.

The President’s PhD Scholarships aims to provide up to 50 research students with great potential the opportunity to work within their chosen research field with the support of an excellent supervisor.

Key Details:

  • Award Amount: The scholarship is worth half of the tuition fees.
  • Number of Awards: 50 scholarships available
  • Study level: PhD
  • Submission Categories: Online
  • Application Deadline: The earliest start date for funded places is 1 August 2019, the latest start date is 1 November 2019.

Who May Enter:

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Applications are accepted from talented candidates from Imperial College London, the UK and worldwide. There are no restrictions on nationality.
  • Candidates must be among the highest achievers in their undergraduate cohort, and in receipt of, or due to receive a first-class UK degree or equivalent.
  • Candidates with a standalone Master’s qualification must have achieved a distinction or, where this has yet to have been achieved, be able to provide evidence of high performance that will lead to a distinction. They must also hold a first-class UK undergraduate degree or equivalent (integrated Masters that form part of an undergraduate degree, e.g. MEng, MSci, M.Math, are assessed by Admissions as an undergraduate qualification when determining eligibility). Candidates with multiple standalone Master’s qualifications must have achieved a distinction in the one most relevant to their PhD study.
  • Candidates with degrees from overseas institutions are strongly urged to determine if their scores/grades are equivalent to the relevant eligibility criteria.
  • Prior to applying candidates must have made contact with a supervisor in an academic department at Imperial College London who has agreed to supervise their research project. Please note that supervisors are limited to supervise one scholar at any time. Please review the President’s PhD Scholarships – Unavailable Supervisors page for more information. Please note: current registered Imperial PhD students are not eligible to be considered for a President’s PhD Scholarship. The scheme is only open to new PhD applications.

Application Procedure:

To participate, there is not a specific scholarship application form.

You should submit your application for admission to study at Imperial through our online admissions system and your department will put you forward for the scholarship based on academic merit and potential.

  • When prompted for a personal statement you must ensure that it consists of approx. 1000 words (maximum 2 pages) and outlines your academic and research achievements to date, explaining in brief your planned research project. The selection panel will not consider statements exceeding the 2-page limit. You may submit updated versions of this statement if required following application submission.
  • To be considered for the President’s PhD Scholarship scheme, applicants must select this option in the funding section of the additional questions tab within the online application form.
  • You must also meet any additional application requirements stated by your department of choice.

Award Description:

Successful candidates will receive the following financial support for up to 3.5 years:

  • Full funding for tuition fees
  • A stipend of £21,200 per annum to assist with living costs
  • A consumables fund of £2,000 per annum for the first 3 years of study
  • program of bespoke opportunities and events delivered by the Graduate School

Applications put forward for this scholarship scheme will be considered throughout the academic year.

  • Applicants who apply before 9 November 2018 and are awarded a scholarship will be notified by 31 January 2019.
  • Applicants who apply before 18 January 2019 and are awarded a scholarship will now be notified by 15 April 2019 instead of 30 March 2019, due to an increase in applications this year.
  • Applicants who apply before 22 March 2019 and are awarded a scholarship will be notified by 31 May 2019.

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If you have any questions regarding the scheme please contact phdscholarshipscheme@imperial.ac.uk.

Vice-Chancellor’s Awards & Cambridge International Scholarships

On behalf of the University, the Cambridge Trust is pleased to offer the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards (for UK and EU students) and the Cambridge International Scholarships (for international students) for those undertaking PhD studies.

The aim of the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards and Cambridge International Scholarships is to ensure that the 250 highest ranked students, irrespective of nationality, receive full financial support to undertake research leading to a PhD.

Key Details

  • Award Amount: The Scholarships pay the University Composition Fee and a maintenance allowance sufficient for a single person.
  • Number of Awards: Varies
  • Study level: PhD
  • Submission Categories: Online

Application Deadline:

  • Undergraduate Study: The application deadline for the 2020 entry is 15 October 2019, 6.00 pm (UK time).
  • Graduate Study: Applicants who wish to start their PhDs in 2020-21 must apply by either the 3 December 2019 or 7 January 2020, whichever deadline is appropriate for your course.

Who May Enter

These are guidelines on eligibility for scholarships that are available from the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust:

  • Nationality: All students, irrespective of nationality, are eligible to be considered for funding by the Trust.
  • Status: The Trust does not accept applications from students who are part-way through a course at Cambridge unless they are applying for funding towards a higher degree course following graduation. To find out more about your fee status, see information on the University’s web pages for undergraduates and for postgraduates.
  • Degree level: Applicants must be intending to start a course at the level of undergraduate (excluding UK/EU applicants), Masters (such as MPhil, MASt, LLM), or research postgraduate (such as PhD).
  • Subject: Applicants may study any subject currently available at the University.

Application Procedure

All students must be admitted to the University of Cambridge through the normal application procedures. The Trust plays no role in the admission of applicants to the University and is not able to influence the chances of an applicant being offered a place.

To create your application you will need to select which course you want to apply for in the Course Directory, read the information under the ‘How to Apply’ tab, click the Apply Online button located at the top of the right-hand column. You will then be taken directly to the Applicant Portal.

Supporting Documents:

  • You will be required to upload certain documents to support your application, for example, copies of degree transcripts and certificates, a research proposal, or statement of interest.
  • The requirements will vary depending on the course you are applying for, so check the listing for the course you are applying to in the Course Directory to see which supporting documents are required.
  • Your referees will also be required to upload references to support your application.
  • Additionally, if you are not from an English-speaking country or have not studied in one recently, you will also be required to demonstrate competence in the English language.
  • Check full information about supporting documents.

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