Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships for Developing Commonwealth Countries

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships for Developing Commonwealth Countries

DFID/UK Universities

Online Masters Degree

Deadline: March 15 (annual)

Study in: Situated in any Country approved for the scholarship

Course starts September (annual)

Brief description: 

The Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are available for candidates who are from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries. This scholarship is for candidates who wish to enroll for part-time Master’s study by distance learning on selected courses offered by UK universities.

Host Institution(s) and Online Courses offered:

Check here for the list of eligible distance learning Master’s courses offered by participating UK institutions for 2022

Number of Scholarships:

This is not specified.

Target group:

This scholarship is for nationals of Commonwealth Developing Countries as listed below:

Bangladesh, Belize, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, The Gambia, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship covers tuition fees and study grants where required.


If you are interested in applying for this 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 a developing Commonwealth country

• Hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard. A lower qualification and sufficient relevant experience may be considered in certain cases

• Be unable to afford to study the programme without this scholarship

Application instructions:

Interested candidates must apply to study an eligible Master’s course at a UK university that is participating in the Distance Learning scheme. As a candidate for this scholarship, you must also secure admission to your course in addition to applying for a Distance Learning Scholarship. You have to make enquiries with the university you chose for their specific advice on when you should apply, admission requirements, including the rules for applying for the scholarship.

Candidates applying for the Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship must ensure their application is made using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS), in addition to any other application that the chosen university requires them to use in completing the application. Every application must be submitted by 18:00 (GMT) on March 15 at the latest (or any other stipulated deadline). You also have to submit all supporting documents by 17:00 (GMT) on April 5 (or any other stipulated deadline).

As an applicant it is important you visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship. Every enquiry about these scholarships should be directed to the university to which you wish to apply.


Official Scholarship Website:

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