Your dreams for an LLM, MBA or PhD in law from a UK university at no cost may just be inches away!

Applications have opened for interested Applicants who are citizens of developing Commonwealth countries in the Commonwealth Scholarships programme. The Commonwealth Scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) with the objective of “contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth”.

You can apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship for the following levels of study:
• Master’s (one-year courses only)
• PhD

All subject areas are eligible (including law), although the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to applications that demonstrate the strongest relevance to development.

Interested Applicants should have applied to study at a UK university with which the CSC has a part funding agreement. Click here for a list of UK universities which have part funding agreements with the CSC

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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 by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2016
By October 2016, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)

Terms and conditions
For full terms and conditions, see the Commonwealth Scholarships 2016 prospectus

Selection process
Each year, the CSC invites selected nominating bodies to submit a specific number of nominations. The deadline fornominating bodies to submit nominations to the CSC is 17 December 2015.

Each nominated candidate’s application is first considered by a member of the CSC’s panel of advisers with expertise in the subject area concerned, and then by the CSC’s selection committee in competition with other candidates.

Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:
• Academic merit of the candidate
• Quality of the proposal
• Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country
For further details, see the Selection criteria for 2016 Commonwealth Scholarships for developing Commonwealth country citizens.

You may also find the Feedback for unsuccessful candidates useful.

How to apply

You must apply to one of the following nominating bodies in your home country in the first instance – the CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships. Each nominating body is responsible for its own selection process and their own closing dates for receiving applications.
• National nominating agencies – this is the main route of application. Click here for a list of national nominating agencies, with contact details
• Selected universities/university bodies, which can nominate their own academic staff. Click here for a list of nominating universities/university bodies
• Selected non-governmental organisations and charitable bodies
You must make your application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS). Click here for full information on how to use the EAS, including detailed guides.

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All applications must be submitted by 19 November 2015 at the latest. Please note that this is an earlier deadline than in previous years.

How to use the EAS


All enquiries about these scholarships should be directed to your nominating body in your home country.

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