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Friday, August 5, 2011

Commonwealth Scholarships 2012, Students for Master’s, PhD to Study in UK

Commonwealth Scholarships 2012, Students for Master’s, PhD to Study in UK

The Commonwealth Scholarships for Students From Developing Countries 2012 for Master’s, PhD study in the UK

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) is responsible for managing Britain’s contribution to the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP), established in 1959, and supports around 700 awards annually. The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) is responsible for managing Britain’s contribution to the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP).

The CSC supports around 700 awards annually. Awards are funded by the Department for International Development (for developing Commonwealth countries), and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, theDepartment for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Scottish Government (for developed Commonwealth countries), in conjunction with UK universities. The CSC also nominates UK citizens for scholarships to study in other Commonwealth countries under the CSFP.

The Commonwealth Scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries 2012 for Master’s, PhD study in the UK, funded by the UK Department for International Development(DFID).

Each year, the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission invites each nominating agency, university or university body to forward a specific number of nominations for the commonwealth scholarship for developing countries. Each nominating agency/university/university body is responsible for its own selection process, and in most cases they will set a closing date in the months preceding the CSC’s deadline for nominations (21 December 2011).
There is a nominating agency for Commonwealth Scholarships in each Commonwealth country. In addition, universities and university bodies in a number of developing Commonwealth countries are invited to nominate candidates to the CSC.

Number of scholarships
Approximately 200-230 scholarships are awarded each year.
The CSC invites around three times more nominations than scholarships available -therefore, nominated candidates are not guaranteed to get a scholarship. There are no quotas for scholarships for any individual country. Candidates nominated by national nominating agencies are in competition with those nominated by universities/university bodies, and the same standards will be applied to applications made through either channel.

Courses of study
You can apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship for the following levels of study:
Master’s
PhD
Split-site, where the CSC supports one year’s study at a UK university as part of a PhD being undertaken in your home country
All subject areas are eligible, although the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to those applications that demonstrate strong relevance to development.
You are requested to apply for a course of study at a UK university which has agreed to offer a tuition fee contribution.

Eligibility
Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:
• Academic merit of the candidate
• Quality of the proposal
• Likely impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country

See link below for Selection Criteria 2012 (available in early August 2011).

How to apply
All applications must be made through your nominating agency (or university/university body, if applicable) in your home country. You must check with them in the first instance for specific advice on how to make an application and for their own closing dates. The CSC does not accept any applications directly from candidates.
The CSC expects all candidates being considered for a Commonwealth Scholarship to be nominated by an approved nominating agency/university/university body, and to have completed an application form using CSCs’ Electronic Application System (EAS).

Application Deadline
The EAS will close to applicants on 7 December 2011 and no further applications can be made after that date.
The CSC will not accept any applications which are not submitted via the EAS to the nominating agency/university/university body in the candidate’s home country.

Full help on how to complete an application form using the EAS is provided in the Commonwealth scholarship Commission’s guides, which should be read in full before making any attempt to use the EAS.
All enquiries about these scholarships should be directed to the nominating agency, university or university body in your home country.
For more details about nominating agencies, institution and organization in your country, and other scholarship requirements, visit Commonwealth scholarship website

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