Commonwealth PhD Scholarships

12th November 2018

Commonwealth PhD Scholarships (for low and middle-income countries) have been launched.
Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are for candidates from low and middle-income Commonwealth countries, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university.
Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth PhD Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK. These scholarships are offered under six themes:
  1. Science and technology for development
  2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  6. Access, inclusion and opportunity
 Developing Countries 
Scholarships for UK PhD study are available to students from Developing Countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Ghana, Granada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Virgin Islands (British), Zambia.  Students apply directly to their Countries nominating body. Details of how to apply are available on the Commonwealth website
The studentship provides tuition fees at 80%, plus a full stipend paid directly to the student. Loughborough has signed an agreement to cover the 20% shortfall in tuition fees. This 20% is covered centrally and not from your School studentship allocation. If you have an applicant who has applied for or intends to apply for Commonwealth funding, they will need a supporting statement from a proposed supervisor from one of their preferred Institutions listed in their scholarship application. Please ensure that you inform the Doctoral College ( so that funding can be arranged. These awards are competitive, and only the very best students are successful. We typically have 2-3 Commonwealth funded PhD students per year.  
The closing date for each Country will vary. However, all applications must be submitted by 16:00 (GMT) on 19 December 2018 at the latest. Successful award holders are announced in the following April and must start in the following October.  Note the 11-month lead time. Students looking to start their study in October 2019 are likely to be looking for host institutions during the summer of 2018.