Commonwealth PhD Scholarships

The Royal Agricultural University has signed an agreement with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and is considering applications for January 2021.

About the scholarship

Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are for candidates from high income Commonwealth countries, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university funded by the UK Department for Education (DfE).

The purpose of this Commonwealth PhD Scholarship is to support world-class research and scholarship, and to contribute to UK higher education and research by attracting high-calibre international candidates and encouraging links and collaboration.

The intended beneficiaries of this scholarship are high-quality graduates who have the potential to become influential leaders, teachers, or researchers in their home countries, and whose proposed research topic has been described to the satisfaction of the selection committee as having a focus on innovation and leadership, for the benefit of wider society. Priority will be given to applications that clearly demonstrate the strongest potential for strategic impact.

The CSC and RAU aim to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make change. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination and encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates. For further information on the support available to candidates with a disability, see the CSC disability support statement and the University’s support for student's with disabilities.

Type of award

Postgraduate Research


Each scholarship provides:

  • Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependents, nor usually the cost of journeys made before your award is finally confirmed)
  • Approved tuition fees
  • Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,110 per month(rates quoted at 2019-2020 levels)
  • Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable
  • Warm clothing allowance, where applicable
  • Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
  • Provision towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas (usually the cost of one economy class return airfare to your fieldwork location), where approved
  • Paid mid-term visit (airfare) to your home country (unless you have claimed (or intend to claim) spouse and/or child allowances during your scholarship, or have received a return airfare to your home country for fieldwork)
  • Family allowances (for more information see the Handbook for Commonwealth Scholars and Fellow available on the CSC website

Terms and conditions

To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Show evidence that you are permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country. You must have lived in an eligible Commonwealth country for a continuous period of five years within the last ten years. If the CSC is unable to determine this from your application, you will be contacted to provide further evidence
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK between January/February 2021 (to be agreed by the CSC)
  • Hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second-class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree) by the time of submitting your scholarship application
  • Not be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university before January 2021
  • Not have commenced and be currently registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, in your home country or elsewhere
  • Hold an unconditional offer from your chosen university/universities listed on your CSC online application, at the point of being notified that you have been provisionally selected for an award by the CSC*
  • References from at least 2 individuals
  • A supporting statement from a proposed supervisor at one or more of the UK universities
  • Provided all supporting documentation in the required format

Eligible Commonwealth countries

  •  Anguilla
  •  Australia
  •  Bahamas
  •  Barbados
  •  Bermuda
  •  British Virgin Islands
  •  Brunei Darussalam
  •  Canada
  •  Cayman Islands
  •  Cyprus
  •  Falkland Islands
  •  Gibraltar
  •  Malta
  •  New Zealand
  •  Seychelles
  •  St Kitts and Nevis
  •  Trinidad and Tobago
  •  Turks and Caicos Islands

How do I apply?

You must make your application using the CSC’s online application system which is available on the CSC website. You should take steps to secure admission from your preferred university well in advance of your scholarship application.

The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the online application system. You are not required to apply via a nominating body for these scholarships.

Only one application per applicant for these scholarships will be accepted.

Click the link to find information on how to apply for a PhD at the Royal Agricultural University, including identifying a potential supervisor and writing a research proposal. 

Deadline for applications

Application deadline: this scholarship is now closed to applications.

Contact us

For queries relating to an application to the Royal Agricultural University please contact: [email protected].


At level(s):
PG (research)