Commonwealth Shared Scholarship

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

The Shared Scholarship Scheme is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) with funding from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and UK universities, to support scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the United Kingdom. 

The Royal Agricultural University has been awarded one scholarship for 2021-22.

Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships are offered under six development themes:

  1. Science and technology for development
  2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  6. Access, inclusion and opportunity

Type of award

Postgraduate Taught Master

Amount

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 the cost of journeys made before your award is confirmed) - arranged by the university; funded by the CSC
  • Approved tuition fees - funded by the CSC
  • Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,116 per month (rates quoted at 2020-2021 levels) - paid and funded by the university
  • Warm clothing allowance, where applicable - paid and funded by the university
  • Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable - claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC
  • Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas - claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC
  • Excess baggage allowance, up to an annual approved limit, when returning home - claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC
  • Reimbursement of the cost of a mandatory tuberculosis (TB) test, where required for a visa application (receipts must be supplied) - claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC
  • If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of £478 per month for the first child, and £118 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if you are accompanied by your children and they are living with you at the same address in the UK (rates quoted at 2020-2021 levels)

Eligibility

To apply for these scholarships, 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/October 2021
  • By September 2021, 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). N.B. 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 at a UK university without this scholarship
  • Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format

The CSC aims 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 as seen on the CSC website.

Eligible Commonwealth Countries

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

Deadline

Application deadline: this scholarship is now closed to applications.

How to apply

You must apply for the MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security programme at the Royal Agricultural University by submitting an online application.

You must also apply for the scholarship on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s online application form.

Your application must include the required supporting documents in order for it to be considered.

  • Proof 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
  • References from at least two individuals - you must submit referee details on the online application system. We will request references from those stated on your application form only if you are nominated or a reserve candidate at the nomination stage

For information on how to apply for the MSc at the Royal Agricultural University please visit: https://www.rau.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/courses/msc-sustainable-agriculture-and-food-security

Sponsors

Further information on the scheme is here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/commonwealth-scholarship-commission-in-the-uk/about

Contact us

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

Availability

At level(s): PG (Taught)