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Commonwealth Split-Site Scholarships in 2019/2020 for Ph.D Students in the UK

If you are interested to pursue your Ph.D studies in United Kingdom then, i have a great news for you as the Commonwealth Split-Site Scholarships has kicked-off, so we brought you this application because we understand you are the perfect fit for it. The Commonwealth Split-Site Scholarships are basically for Ph.D students who come from low and middle-income Commonwealth countries and the scholarships are allowing students to spend up to 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies.

Know About Commonwealth Split-Site Scholarships

The UK Department for international Development (DFID) are the sponsors and the offers of the Commonwealth Split-site (PhD) Scholarships for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries to support up to 12 Month’s study at an approved eligible UK university as part of a PhD being undertaken in that candidates home country, under the supervision of home country and UK academics.

The goals of the Split-site (PhD) Scholarships is to elevate access to UK equipment and expertise for quality doctoral students from Commonwealth countries, and to contribute to UK and Commonwealth higher education and research through collaboration and partnerships. And in order hands contributing to the UK’s international development goals and elevate abroad interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.

Who is eligible for Commonwealth Split-Site Scholarships?

All beneficiaries must be high-quality graduates who have the potential to become influential leaders, teachers, or researchers in their home countries, and whose proposed research has a developmental and leadership focus. So to apply you must be in a position to prove that you are:

  • A citizen of, have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a british Protected Person
  • Applicants that is permanent resident in a develop Commonwealth country
  • Be registered for a PhD at a university in an eligible Commonwealth country by the time of your scholarships is confirmed (September 2020).
  • Be able to ensure that an institutional or department link exists between your home university and your proposed UK university. The link must be greater than a simpls collaboration between individuals – see “Tenure and Placement” on the page for Terms and Conditions for more informations.
    Both supervisors must provide a supporting statement which includes information of the link in order for your application to be eligible.
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the United Kingdom by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2020
    By October 2020, holding a first degree of aleast upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree (2:2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
  • Be able to provide all supporting documentation in the required format
    Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
  • The CSC promotes equal opportunity, gender equity, and cultural exchange. Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of applicants.
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How Candidates will be Selected?

Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria

  • Academic merit of candidates
  • Quality of the plan of study
  • Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country

Eligible Nations
Candidates from any of the following countries are eligible to apply:
Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon, Dominica, Eswatini, Fiji, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Helena, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tanzania, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia.

Host Institution
An approved UK university with which the CSC has a part funding agreement. See list of UK universities which have part funding agreements with the CSC.

Field of Study
All subject areas are eligible (although the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to applications that demonstrate the strongest relevance to developement). Your final qualification will be awarded bt your home country university (not the UK university).

Scholarships Duration
The scholarships will last up to 12 months. The 12-month period of study in the UK can be taken at any stage during your PhD study, providing this is justified in your plan. However, it can be divided into two or more periods, with no more than 12 months elapsing between each award term. Also if you have not already started your PhD at the time of your application, you will be eligible to spend a maximum of six months in the UK in your first year of study. Please note that the scholarships does not support your period of study at your home country university.

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Benefits of Scholarships
A Commonwealth Splits-site Scholarship covers full tuition fees for one year at the UK host institution, stipend (living allowance) for up to one year in the UK, return airfare, and other allowances. Please note that the scholarships does not support your period of study at your home country university.

Official Letter and Deadlines

Applicants must make their application directly to the CSC using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS). The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted through the EAS. Please see full information on how to use the EAS, including detailed guidelines. Applicants are advised to complete and submit their application as soon as possible, as the EAS will be very busy in the days nearing to the application closing date.

You are advised to read the 2020 Terms and Conditions, and also visit the official portal (link found below) for the complete information on this scholarships.

All application must be completed and submitted before this date and time – 16:00 (GMT) on 06 November 2019 at least.

Scholarships Webpage
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