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2014-2015 Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships for Masters in the UK

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom, funded by the UK Government, the Scottish Government, CSC and BIS, is offering Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships for Master degree courses at the UK Universities. Students must be Commonwealth citizens and permanently resident of a developing Commonwealth country. Refugees or British protected persons are also considered. Students must normally hold a first degree of upper second-class standard, or higher qualification. These scholarships offer opportunity to study for a UK Master’s degree while living and working in home country.

Study Subject (s): Scholarships are awarded to study Tropical Forestry, Education and International Development, Clinical Trials, Epidemiology, Global Health Policy, Infectious Diseases, Public Health, Education for Sustainability, Development Management, Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health, Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice, Finance (Major: Economic Policy), Public Policy and Management, International Construction Management, Integrated Environmental Management, International Development (Conflict, Security and Development), Programmes across One Health, One Medicine, Global Health: innovation and education courses (Global Health and Non-Communicable Diseases, Clinical Education, Global Challenges, Paediatric Emergency Medicine, and Global eHealth), Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management, Clinical Research, Master of Public Health, International Human Rights Law, Gerontology, Dementia Studies, Finance, IT and Telecommunications/Internet Law and Policy and Public Administration – International Development.
Available Courses: Scholarships are available for Masters Degree level courses. Following courses are available for students.
-Bangor University: MSc Tropical Forestry
-Institute of Education, University of London: MA Education and International Development
-London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: MSc Clinical Trials, MSc Epidemiology, MSc Global Health Policy, MSc Infectious Diseases and MSc Public Health
-London South Bank University: MSc Education for Sustainability
-Open University: MSc Development Management
-Royal Veterinary College, University of London: MSc Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health
-School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London: MSc Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice, MSc Finance (Major: Economic Policy) and MSc Public Policy and Management
-University of Bath: MSc International Construction Management and MSc Integrated Environmental Management
-University of Birmingham: MSc International Development (Conflict, Security and Development)
-University of Edinburgh: Programmes across One Health, One Medicine, MSc Global Health: innovation and education courses (Global Health and Non-Communicable Diseases, Clinical Education, Global Challenges, Paediatric Emergency Medicine, and Global eHealth)
-University of Leicester: MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management
-University of Liverpool: MSc Clinical Research and MPH Master of Public Health
-University of Oxford: MSt International Human Rights Law
-University of Southampton: MSc Gerontology
-University of Stirling: MSc Dementia Studies
-University of Strathclyde: MSc Finance and LLM IT and Telecommunications/Internet Law and Policy
-University of York: MPA Master of Public Administration – International Development
Scholarship Provider: Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC), UK Government, the Scottish Government, CSC, BIS
Scholarship can be taken at: Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships offer the opportunity to study for a UK Master’s degree while living and working in home country.

Eligibility: To be eligible for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship, candidates should:
-be Commonwealth citizens of a developing Commonwealth country, refugees or British protected persons;
-be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country;
-normally hold a first degree of upper second-class standard, or higher qualification. In certain cases, we will consider a lower qualification and sufficient relevant experience;
-The CSC may require candidates to undertake the academic IELTS English language test as a condition of eligibility. Candidates should check with the UK institution/provider whether this requirement applies to them. If selected, candidates will be required to show the CSC a certificate confirming a total overall score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS scale. The CSC will only accept a certificate from a test taken up to one year prior to the start date of the course.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: Students of following developing commonwealth countries can apply for these Commonwealth Distance Learning scholarships.

Anguilla Guyana Pakistan Tonga
Antigua and Barbuda India Papua New Guinea Trinidad and Tobago
Bangladesh Jamaica Rwanda Turks and Caicos
Barbados Kenya St Helena Tuvalu
Belize Kiribati St Kitts Uganda
Bermuda Lesotho St Lucia Vanuatu
Botswana Malawi St Vincent Virgin Islands
Cameroon Malaysia Samoa Zambia
Cayman Islands Maldives Seychelles  Tristan da Cunha
Dominica Mauritius Sierra Leone  Zimbabwe
Falkland Islands Montserrat Solomon Islands  Pitcairn
The Gambia Mozambique South Africa
Ghana Namibia Sri Lanka
Gibraltar Nauru Swaziland
Grenada Nigeria Tanzania

Details about the countries can be found here.

Scholarship Description: The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan is one of the largest and most prestigious scholarships schemes for international study in the world. Since it was established in 1959, around 29,000 individuals have benefited – 17,000 of them have held awards funded by the United Kingdom, managed by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC). This prospectus describes the Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships offered by the CSC in 2014-2015. Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships provide the opportunity for individuals to study for a UK Master’s degree while living and working in their home country. The scheme was established in 2002, as a direct response to the measures taken by our funder, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), to explore new methods of delivery as part of the drive for poverty reduction. To date, nearly 1,500 Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships have been awarded.

Duration of award(s): This will be based on the course program.

What does it cover? Not Known

Selection Criteria: There are three criteria against which Expressions of Interest and proposals will be considered:
-The quality of the course, including whether the Expression of Interest/proposal has institutional endorsement, the Quality Assurance record and the track record for delivery of the course through the medium of distance learning.
-The learning opportunities provided for developing country students, 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.
-The development impact of the course of study, including how the course content can be applied to the Millennium Development Goals and the subsequent career patterns of course alumni.
Criteria for candidates: Successful providers will be required to conduct their own recruitment process to shortlist a specified number of nominated candidates for Distance Learning Scholarships. A selection committee will then select Scholars from this shortlist in July.

How to Apply: Full details of the application process must be obtained from the relevant institution. To apply for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship:
-You must complete an EAS application. Please note that it is not possible to submit an EAS application after the deadline that you will see when you open an application.
-The UK university will then decide whether or not to nominate you to the CSC.
-The CSC then selects which of the shortlisted nominated candidates to fund.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadline for applications is 31 May 2014.

Important – All students must check the university course website for detailed application. 

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application