The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship programme (CSFP) by the United Kingdom is aimed at providing the right opportunities to students belonging to the Commonwealth nations for pursuing higher education in the UK. This is a source of funding made available to all Commonwealth countries by the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission. India is a part of this programme.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) invites applications for the CSFP every year in January/February. The applications for the 2018 Commonwealth Scholarship in the UK have started. The last date of submission is 7 February 2018, 3 pm. Online application is invited from Indian national for the ‘2018 COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIP TENABLE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM’ for the Master’s & Doctoral degree programme. The study will commence in September/October 2018. The programme provides a maximum of 65 nominations out of which 26 are for the doctorate course.
AGE: The age of the candidate must not exceed 40 years (as on 7th February, 2018).
Minimum qualifications and Academic merit
For Master’s course:
One should have completed or is expected to complete the Bachelor Degree by October, 2018. The academic qualification must have direct and applied relevance to the development theme selected by the candidate. Minimum eligibility is 60% or above marks in Social Science subjects and 65% or above marks in Science subjects.
For Ph.D. degree:
One should have completed or is expected to complete the Master Degree/Qualifying Exam, by October, 2018. The academic qualification must have direct and applied relevance to the development theme selected by the candidate. Minimum eligibility is 60% or above marks in Social Science subjects and 65% or above marks in Science subjects.
i) Candidates who have already been abroad for studies/training/ specialization either on scholarships or on their own, for a period exceeding six months are eligible to apply, if they have been in India for at least two consecutive years as on 7th February, 2018 after returning from abroad.
ii) Applications of candidates who are staying abroad will not be considered.
iii) Candidates must not be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university before September/October 2018.
(iv) Candidates are compulsorily required to sign a declaration that they do not have access to sufficient funds to study in the UK.
Requirement of English language proficiency: The Ministry of Human Resource Development and CSC does not require any candidates to take an IELTS (English language) test. However, as a further condition of award, the university may ask the candidate to provide evidence of a particular level of English language proficiency.
Participating universities/institutions: Awards are tenable at any approved UK university or higher education institution with which the CSC has a part-funding agreement. A list of these institutions can be found at: http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/uk-universities/part-funding/
Preference for universities/institutions: Candidates are expected to give preference for at least one UK institution/university in their application form. The final decision on host institution will be made by the CSC.
Application to preferred universities: Candidates are advised to submit applications directly to their preferred institutions in advance. Many courses have strict admission deadlines. Candidate must check admission requirements carefully when applying. Where formal offer of admission has been obtained, the same should be mentioned in the application.