Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships are for PhD candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, to spend up to 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country.
Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK. These scholarships are offered under six themes:
- Science and technology for development
- Strengthening health systems and capacity
- Promoting global prosperity
- Strengthening global peace, security and governance
- Strengthening resilience and response to crises
- Access, inclusion and opportunity
These scholarships are for:
- 12 months study at a UK university as part of an applicant’s doctoral studies in their home country, starting in October 2020
- Applicants who are registered (or will be registered by September 2020) for a PhD at a university in an eligible Commonwealth country
- Study at a UK university with which your home university has an established institutional or departmental link
- Study at a UK university which has a part funding agreement with the CSC. View a full list of UK universities with part funding agreements
Eligible Commonwealth countries
Antigua and Barbuda
Papua New Guinea
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Terms & conditions
Full eligibility criteria are included in the terms and conditions. Please read all sections of the terms and conditions before applying.
How to apply
You must make your application directly to the CSC using the CSC’s online application system. 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.
Application deadline: Your application must be submitted by 16:00 (GMT) on 06 November 2019 at the latest.
You are advised to complete and submit your application as soon as possible, as the online application system will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline.
Supporting documentation: Your application must include the following supporting documentation by 16:00 (GMT) on 27 November 2019
- Proof of citizenship or refugee status: copy of your valid passport (or national ID card) showing your photograph, date of birth, and country of citizenship or refugee status– uploaded to the online application system
- Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications including to-date transcripts for any qualifications you are currently studying (with certified translations if not in English) – uploaded to the online application system
- Supporting statement from your supervisor at your home country university, including details of current institutional links, submitted directly by your supervisor to the online application system (supervisors will be sent an email request).
- Supporting statement from your proposed supervisor at a UK university, including details of current institutional links, submitted directly by your supervisor to the online application system (supervisors will be sent an email request).
- Reference from at least one other individual – submitted directly by the referee to the online application system (referees will be sent an email request)
It is your responsibility to ensure that your referees and supervisors are able to complete the references and supporting statements by the deadline and that they receive the reference and statement requests.
The CSC will not accept supporting documentation submitted outside the online application system.
You can view a sample paper of the application form before you access the online application form.
You can access the online application system now.
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.
Please note that the CSC does not charge candidates to apply for any of its scholarships or fellowships through its online application system.
Eligible applications will be considered in line with the CSC’s Split-site Scholarships Selection Critera, including by the CSC selection committee in competition with other candidates.
Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:
- Academic merit of the candidate
- Quality of the research proposal
- Potential impact on the development of the candidate’s home country
For further details, see the Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships 2020 selection criteria.
The CSC is committed to administering and managing its scholarships and fellowships in a fair and transparent manner. For further information, see the CSC anti-fraud policy and the DFID guidance on reporting fraud.
If you have any queries about applying for a Commonwealth Split-site Scholarship, you can Contact us. We will not use your email address for any purpose other than responding to your enquiry.
For more information on other scholarships offered by the CSC, visit the CSC Apply page.