Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships 2021-2022

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Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships 2021 are offered for citizens of certain developing Commonwealth countriess.

It is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), with the aim of contributing to the development needs of Commonwealth countries by providing training for skilled and qualified professionals in key development areas.

Apply for Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships 2021

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
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Intended beneficiaries: High-quality postgraduate students who wish to access training not available in their home countries, who wish or need to remain in their home country while they study, and who have the potential to enhance the development of their home countries with the knowledge and leadership skills they acquire.

Type and duration of study

Awards are for full-time or part-time study of a taught course at postgraduate level by distance learning. These scholarships do not support research degrees or undergraduate study.

Funding is available for up to five academic years from the start of an approved programme. Awards cannot be extended or renewed.

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Selection criteria for Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships 2021

Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:

  • Quality of the course, the quality assurance record, and the track record for delivery of the course through distance learning. Applications are strengthened by copies of any independent/external reports of the programme undertaken in recent years.
  • Learning opportunitiesprovided for students in developing countries, including whether the course takes into account appropriate use of technology, whether course providers can identify a target audience of potential applicants and recruit them successfully, and the factors likely to affect candidates’ successful completion of their studies.
  • Development impactof the course of study, including how the course content can be applied to the specified theme, DFID priority areas, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the subsequent career patterns of course alumni.

If the university is working with a partner, the partner must be based in an eligible Commonwealth country.

Eligibility for Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships 2021

The university is responsible for ensuring its candidates meet the CSC’s eligibility criteria.

To apply for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship, candidates must:

  • Be a citizen of or be granted refugee status from an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently and continually resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard. A lower qualification and sufficient relevant experience may be considered in certain cases
  • All candidates must provide at least one reference
  • All candidates must hold an offer to start their chosen course of study in the 2021
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Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships may not be held concurrently for more than one course.

If selected for a scholarship, candidates must be and remain resident in an eligible Commonwealth country and must not undertake study towards any other qualification for the duration of their award.

How to apply for Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships 2021

General applications for Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships 2021 are now closed. But Individual applications for Distance Learning Scholarships are open effective mid-late February 2021.

To apply, please visit the CSC’s online application system

For more information on other scholarships offered by the CSC, visit the CSC Apply page.


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