Commonwealth Scholarship

Masters and PhD scholarships for students from the Commonwealth

The University of Nottingham has excellent links with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and is a popular destination for Commonwealth scholarship holders.

These scholarships are funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests.

They aim to support excellence in UK higher education and sustain the principles of the Commonwealth.

Subject areas

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


To apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship, you must:

  • be a Commonwealth Citizen, refugee or British protected person
  • be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • be available to start your academic studies in the UK within one year
  • hold or be predicted to gain a first degree of at least 2:1 honours standard or a 2:2 degree with a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a masters degree)
  • be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

You must not have studied or worked for an academic year (or more) in a high income country.

See the Commonwealth Scholarships website for full details of the scholarships available and their eligibility criteria.

How to apply

Applications for this scholarships for the academic year 2022/23 are now closed.
Applications typically open between September and October each year.

You must apply for a full-time masters course before applying for this scholarship. Search for courses and find out how to apply.

When you have applied to study with us, you can apply for the scholarship through the Commonwealth Scholarships website.

I am overwhelmed by the commitment of both teaching and non-teaching staff. Without this scholarship, there was absolutely no way I would have been able to study at this world-class university.
Abdul-Jalilu Ateku, PhD International Relations
Commonwealth Scholarships website


Contact details

Offered by the UK Department for International Development

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