Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

Postgraduate scholarships for applicants from low and middle income Commonwealth countries. Funded jointly with the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

There are six awards in 2022/23 for students studying an eligible one-year taught postgraduate programme.

The Shared Scholarship covers:

  • tuition fees
  • maintenance/living cost stipend
  • return flights
  • thesis grant
  • study travel grant (if applicable)
  • a one-off arrival allowance.


 To be eligible for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, you:

  • must be from one of the countries included in the scheme (visit the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships website for full details);
  • are expected to hold a first degree at either first-class or upper second-class level;
  • must meet the English language requirements (as a minimum, to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) student visa regulations) and have them in place before the application deadline;
  • must not presently be living or studying in a developed country;
  • must not have previously studied in a developed country;
  • must have applied to study one of the following courses at the University of Bristol:
    • MSc Climate Change Science and Policy
    • MSc Education (Policy and International Development)
    • MSc Epidemiology
    • MSc Gender and International Relations
    • LLM Law and Globalisation
    • MSc Public Policy
    • MSc Water and Environmental Management.

You will need to sign an undertaking that you:

  1. are a national of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not at present, living or studying in a developed country;
  2. have not undertaken studies lasting one year or more in a developed country;
  3. are unable to pay to study in the UK – either funding your studies yourself or with the help of your family;
  4. will return to your home country as soon as the award ends. Award holders must return home within four weeks of the end of their programme after submitting their dissertation. Attending the graduation ceremony is not part of the award.

How to apply

You must apply using the Commonwealth Commission's online application system. As part of the application, you will be asked how your inclusion on the programme will benefit your home country.

You will also need to apply for a place on an eligible master's programme at the University before you apply for the scholarship as you will need to provide a valid University of Bristol student ID. We can only consider scholarship applications from those who have provided a valid student ID.


Applications opened on 10 November 2021 and will close on 20 December 2021.

Nominated and reserve candidates will be informed by the University in Spring 2022.

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