Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships 2020.

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

These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID); with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims as well as wider overseas interests; supporting excellence in UK higher education, and also sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.

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Type: Postgraduate

Organisation: CommonWealth

Course to study: Not specified

Aim and Benefits:

Purpose: To contribute to development needs of Commonwealth countries by providing training; for skilled and also qualified professionals in key development areas.

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 furthermore have the potential to enhance the development of their home countries with the knowledge and leadership skills they acquire.


To be eligible for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship, candidates should:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Also be permanently resident in a developing 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.
  • Be unable to afford to study the programme without this scholarship.

Documents Required for Application:

Your application must include the following supporting documentation by 16:00 (GMT) on 04 May 2020 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:

  • At least one reference– submitted directly by the referee to the online application system (referees will be sent an email request)
  • An offer letter to start their chosen course of study in the 2019-2020 academic year – uploaded to the online application system
  • Also,Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications (with certified translations if not in English) – uploaded to the online application system.

Application Deadline: April 13, 2020.

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