New Commonwealth Split-site Ph.D. Scholarships 2020-2021 UPDATED

High-quality graduates whose proposed research has a developmental focus and who have the potential to become influential teachers or researchers in their home countries are also intended beneficiaries.

Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships are offered under six development themes:

  • Science and technology for development
Scholarship, which can be in any area of science or technology (including, in order), for example, agriculture, veterinary medicine or forestry), will develop knowledge and / or skills directly related to the specific needs of a low- or middle-income country. Whenever possible, applications should state the expressed national or local priority.
 Strengthening health systems and capacity
The scholarship will develop knowledge and/or skills that will improve health provision or outcomes for disadvantaged groups in low and middle income countries. A range of approaches could be adopted, such as training staff to fill critical shortage areas; establishing better systems, processes, or management; health promotion and improving understanding of non-take up; or developing new treatments.
  •  Promoting global prosperity
This scholarship supports economic prosperity in low and middle income countries. The knowledge and/or skills gained could lead to, for example, enhanced trade capacity; improved economic understanding or decision-making by business or government; new products and services; or long-term capacity building, through the development of entrepreneurial skills, for instance.
  • Strengthening global peace, security and governance
The scholarship will develop knowledge and / or skills that will promote peace and
National, regional or international security. The approaches can be multiple
Used, such as promote open and transparent management; improve each other
Understanding within and between communities; or building systems that reduce
Potential conflict or promote solution.
  •  Strengthening resilience and response to crises
The scholarship will develop knowledge and / or skills that will help low and medium countries adapt to changing contexts, withstand sudden shocks or increase the ability to preserve the continuity of operations after such events. This could apply to a wide range of threats, including natural and physical disasters; long-term threats such as climate change; interruptions in the supply of key resources; or sudden economic or technological disruption.
  • Access, inclusion and opportunity
The scholarship will develop knowledge and/or skills that will promote opportunity amongst historically disadvantaged groups in low and middle income countries. This could be through, for example, expanding educational opportunities; conducting community outreach; enhancing access to decision-making; or increasing understanding of the barriers faced. A range of disadvantage can be addressed – including social, economic, gender, ethnic, regional, or political – provided that the need is clearly stated.

Level/Field of study

Commonwealth Scholarships are for the subsequent Quantities of research:
Ph.D. (12 months)

Host Nationality.

The scholarship is hosted in the UK

Eligible Nationality

The scholarship is made available for low and middle-income countries.

Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships for Low and Middle-Income Countries in the UK

Are you from a low and middle-income country looking for an opportunity to get a Commonwealth Split-site Ph.D. Scholarship in the UK at a low tuition Fee?
Here is an opportunity just for you!
Offers are ongoing for Commonwealth Split-site Ph.D. Scholarships in Great Britain this 2019 which is made available for all low and middle-income country students, to provide support and funding opportunity to Ph.D. students to study tuition-free for a year or even on a permanent basis in the UK.
Here in our Forum, we have painstakingly put down vital information about this scholarship for low and middle-income countries, its eligibility, Worth, Application deadline and how to apply for this scholarship for low and middle-income country students to study abroad.

About Commonwealth Scholarships

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan is one of the largest and prestigious international scholarship plans in the world. Since it was established in 1959, about 35,000 individuals have received a scholarship to the Commonwealth or fellowship – 27,500 of them were funded by the UK government, through the United Kingdom Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC).
CSC also awards over 750 postgraduate scholarships and scholarships professional development of Commonwealth citizens every year. The Secretariat is provided by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, based in London, overseas services are provided by the British Council.

Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships

Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships are for Ph.D. candidates from low and middle-income Commonwealth countries, to spend up to 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country. Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), However, Commonwealth Split-site 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.
Its purpose is to widen access to UK equipment and expertise for high-quality doctoral candidates from low and middle-income Commonwealth countries and to contribute to UK and Commonwealth higher education and research through collaboration and partnerships.

Scholarship Worth

This scholarship provides:
  • Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependants, nor the cost of journeys made before your award is confirmed)
  • Approved tuition fees
  •  Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,110 per month, or £1,362 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2019-2020 levels)
  •  Warm clothing allowance, where applicable
  •  Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
  •  If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of £476 per month for the first child, and £117 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if you are accompanied by your children and them are living with you at the same address in the UK (rates quoted at 2019-2020 levels)
  • If you declare a disability, a full assessment of your needs and eligibility for additional financial support will be offered by the CSC


To apply for these scholarships, applicants must:
  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugees status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Be registered for a Ph.D. at a university in an eligible Commonwealth country by the time their scholarship is confirmed (September 2020)
  • Ensure that an institutional or departmental link exists between their home university and their proposed UK university. This link must be greater than simply a collaboration between individuals — see ‘Tenure and placement’ on page 4 for further details on the ‘Terms and conditions’ pdf file available at the official link. Both supervisors must provide a supporting statement which includes details of the link in order for candidates’ application to be eligible
  • Be available to start their academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2020
  • By October 2020, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honors standard, or a second class degree (2:2) and relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
  • Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format
  •  Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship


November 6, 2019

How To Apply for the commonwealth Split-site Scholarship

Time needed: 25 minutes.
  1. Apply online through the given link
  2. You should apply to study at a UK university which has a part funding agreement with the CSC. Part funding agreements are at the discretion of individual universities.
  3. You must make your application directly to the CSC using the CSC’s online application system. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the online application system.
  4. All applications, including must be submitted by 4:00 PM (UTC) on November 6, 2019, at the latest.
  5. You are advised to complete and submit your application as soon as possible, as the online application system will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline.
  6. Your application must include the following supporting documentation by 4:00 PM (UTC) on November 27, 2019, in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:Proof of citizenship or refugee status copy of your valid passport (or national ID card) showing your photograph, date of birth and country of citizenship or refugee status — uploaded to the online application system.
    Also, full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications including to-date transcripts for any qualifications you are currently studying (with certified translations if not in English) – uploaded to the online application system
  7. Supporting statement from your supervisor at your home country university, which must include details of the institutional link between the university where you are/will be registered for your Ph.D. and your proposed UK university – submitted directly by your supervisor to the online application system (supervisors will be sent an email request).
  8. Supporting statement from your proposed supervisor at a UK university, which must include details of the institutional link between the university where you are/will be registered for your Ph.D. and your proposed UK university – submitted directly by your supervisor to the online application system (supervisors will be sent an email request).
  9. Reference from at least one other individual – submitted directly by the referee to the online application system (referees will be sent an email request). The CSC will not accept supporting documentation submitted outside the online application system.
  10. Supporting documentation uploaded to the online application system must be uploaded as files which are no more than 5 MB in size and must be in one of the following formats: PDF, .doc, .docx, .odt, .jpg, .jpeg. Files submitted in any other format (including Zip files and PDF Portfolios) will NOT be accepted.
  11. Only one application per applicant for these scholarships will be accepted.
  12. Only the application with the latest submission date, including submission of references and supporting statements, will be accepted. Any modifications to an application will count as later submission date.
  13. You are not required to apply via a nominating body for these scholarships.