Commonwealth Split-site PhD Scholarships 2020

Applications are open for the Commonwealth Split-site PhD Scholarships 2020. These are scholarships for PhD students from low and middle-class Commonwealth countries. It gives the student the opportunity to study(for over 12 months) at a UK University as part of their doctoral studies.

Deadline: November 6, 2019

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) pays for the Commonwealth Split-site Scholarship to enable individuals to gain the experience they need to help develop their countries. Also, the scholarship focuses on individuals who cannot afford to study in the UK. These scholarships are given under six themes:

  • Firstly, Science and technology for development
  • Secondly, Improving health systems and capacity
  • Promoting global prosperity
  • Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  • Promoting resilience and response to crises
  • Finally, Access, inclusion and opportunity

Commonwealth Split-site PhD Scholarships Scholarship Value

Each scholarship provides:

  • Firstly, airfare to and from your country to the UK at the end of your award. Also, it is important to note that the CSC will not provide airfare to the students until the award is confirmed.
  • Approved tuition fees
  • Living allowance will be paid at £1,110 per month, or £1,362 per month for those at universities in the London main city area.
  • Also, it’ll provide warm cloth allowance where necessary.
  • Study travel grant toward the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
  • Finally, if you are a widow, divorced or a single parent and you have children (under the age of 16) living with you, the scholarship comes with an allowance for each of your children. These allowances £476 per month for the first child, and £117 per month for the second and third child,

Commonwealth Split-site PhD Scholarships Eligibility

To apply for these scholarships, you must ensure:

  • that you are a citizen of or have been given refugee status by a qualified Commonwealth country. Either this or you are a British Protected Person
  • you live permanently in a Qualified Commonwealth country
  • Also, you must have registered for a PhD at a university in a qualified Commonwealth country. This must be so  by the time your scholarship is confirmed (September 2020).
  • Ensure that an institutional or departmental link exists between your home university and the UK university you hope to attend. However, this link must be greater than simply a cooperation between individuals.
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2020
  • By October 2020, you should hold:
    • A first degree of nothing less than upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree (2:2).
    • A relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree).
  • You must also have provided all important documents in the necessary format
  • Finally, be unable to pay to study in the UK without this scholarship.

Qualified Countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bangladesh
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Cameroon
  • Dominica
  • Eswatini
  • Fiji
  • The Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati,
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Montserrat
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • St Helena
  • Saint(St) Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia

Selection Process

The DFID will choose qualified applications in line with the CSC’s Split-site Scholarships Selection Criteria. However, this includes the CSC selection committee in competition with other candidates.

Applications will be chosen according to the following selection criteria:

  • Academic value of the candidate.
  • Also, Quality of the research proposal.
  • Finally, Potential impact on the development of the candidate’s home country.


Your application must include the following supporting documents:

  • Proof of citizenship or refugee status which includes:
    • Firstly, copy of your valid passport (or national ID card) showing your photograph.
    • Secondly, date of birth.
    • Lastly, country of citizenship or refugee status– uploaded to the online application system.
  • Also, Full transcripts showing all your qualifications. However, this should include any up-to-date transcripts for any qualifications you are currently studying (with certified translations if not in English). Also ensure you upload this to the online application system.
  • Thirdly, it should include a supporting statement from your supervisor at your home country university. However, this should include details of current institutional links. Also, your supervisor must submit these links directly to the online application system (supervisors will be sent an email request).
  • It should also include a supporting statement from your proposed supervisor at a UK university. This should include details of current institutional links, which your supervisor must submit directly to the online application system. Also, note that your supervisor will be sent an  email address.
  • Finally, you should submit a reference from at least one other individual. He/She must submit it directly to the online application system (referees will be sent an email request)

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Also, for more information, visit Commonwealth Split-site PhD Scholarships.

Also, other Commonwealth 2019/2020 Scholarships include : Commonwealth PhD Scholarship 2020 to Study in the UK (Fully Funded)

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