Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships 2019/2020, UK


Application Deadline: midday 12.00 PM (BST) on 22 March 2019

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are offered to citizens from low middle income Commonwealth countries. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.


To contribute to development needs of Commonwealth countries by providing training for skilled and qualified professionals in key development areas.

Intended beneficiaries:

High-quality postgraduate students who wish to access training not available in their home countries, who wish or need to remain in their home country while they study, and who have the potential to enhance the development of their home countries with the knowledge and leadership skills they acquire.


To be eligible for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship, candidates should:

  • 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 low middle income 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.

Eligible Countries

Papua New Guinea
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
Sri Lanka
The Gambia


Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships provide full tuition fees and all other compulsory costs of studying a UK Master’s programme by distance learning. This includes the full cost of any residential components of a course.

Selection process

Each participating UK University will conduct its own recruitment
process to select a specified number of candidates for Distance Learning
Scholarships. Universities must put forward their selected candidates
to the CSC by  29th April 2019. The CSC will then confirm that these
candidates meet the eligibility criteria for this scheme. Universities
will inform candidates of their results by July 2019.

Selection criteria include:

  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country

How to apply

You should apply to study an eligible Master’s course at a UK
university that is participating in the Distance Learning scheme. Click
here for a list of participating universities and eligible courses.

You must also secure admission to your course in addition to applying for a Distance Learning Scholarship. You
must check with your chosen university for their specific advice on
when to apply, admission requirements, and rules for applying.
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 chosen university. The CSC will not accept any applications that
are not submitted via the online application system.

You can apply for more than one course and/or to more than one
university, but you may only accept one offer of a Distance Learning

All applications must be submitted by midday 12.00 PM (BST) on 22 March 2019 at the latest.

Your application must include the following supporting documentation
by 12:00 PBST) on 5 April 2019 in order for your application to be
eligible for consideration:

  • Copy of your valid passport or national ID card showing your
    photograph, date of birth, and country of citizenship – uploaded to the
    online application system
  • At least one reference – submitted directly by the referee to the
    online application system. Referees will be sent an email request
    however applicants are responsible for seeking permission from their
    referees in advance of submitting their application; for ensuring that
    their referees are available to complete the reference by the deadline;
    and that the referees have received the reference request email.
  • An offer letter to start your chosen course of study in the 2019-2020 academic year – 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

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships 2019/2020