University of Edinburgh Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2020-2021


The University of Edinburgh has four Commonwealth Shared Scholarships to offer for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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

Applications from students planning to study the following eligible programmes will be considered:

Awards will normally be for one year. Awards cannot be extended or renewed. At the end of the award, candidates are required to return promptly to their home country.


To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK (on campus study only) by the start of the UK academic year in September 2020 and have applied for admission to one of the programmes detailed above – University of Edinburgh application process
  • By August 2020, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard
  • Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a developed country
  • Be unable, either yourself or through your family, to pay to study in the UK

The Commonwealth Scholarships Commission requires that the University certify when submitting its shortlist of candidates that they are sufficiently proficient in the English language to cope with the programme of study for which they have applied. This will normally mean that you will have to have satisfied any requirements concerning competence in the English language which are a condition of your offer of admission.


The award is financed jointly by the University of Edinburgh and DfID. The award will cover: (i) All tuition fees; (ii) Air fare to and from the United Kingdom; (iii) Expenses for accommodation and maintenance. Payments for the academic year 2019-2020 were set at £1,110 per month for the programme of study. Details of the 2020-2021 level will be available later in 2020.


Application for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme should be made through the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission’s Electronic Application System (EAS).

EAS will be open for applications from 06 November 2019.

The closing date for scholarship applications  is 16:00 on 18th December 2019.

More details including how to access the Electronic Application System (EAS) can be found on the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission’s website.

Commonwealth Scholarships Commission

Please also ensure that you have applied for admission to one of the programmes detailed above – University of Edinburgh application process


All applicants will be informed of the result of their application by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

It is anticipated that results will be available in late April/early May 2020.

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