Commonwealth Distance Learning Master’s Scholarships for the 2023/24 academic year

Applications for Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships for the 2023/24 academic year are now open.

One of the three master’s programs available by the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission is the Commonwealth Distance Learning Program.

Candidates from qualifying low- and middle-income Commonwealth nations may apply for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship to pursue part-time taught Master’s studies at UK universities while still living in their home countries.

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in the UK provides the UK government scholarship scheme, which is led by international development objectives. It operates within the framework of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) and offers a vivid demonstration of the UK’s enduring commitment to the Commonwealth. By attracting individuals with outstanding talent and identifiable potential from all backgrounds and supporting them to become leaders and innovators upon returning to their home countries, the CSC’s work combines sustainable development with the UK’s national interest and provides opportunities for international partnerships and collaboration.


A Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship covers tuition fees and study grants where required.


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
  • 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.

Selection Process

Selection criteria for the Commonwealth Distance Learning Master’s Scholarships for the 2023/24 academic year include:

  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country
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Application Process

Candidates must upload the following documents with the application:

  • Proof that the applicant is a citizen or has refugee status in an eligible Commonwealth country:
  • a copy of a valid passport (or national ID card) showing a photograph, date of birth, and country of citizenship
  • Full transcripts detailing all higher education qualifications, including to-date transcripts for any courses currently being studied, with certified translations if not in English
  • References from at least two individuals, on institutional letterhead or an email clearly showing the sender’s details

To apply for the Commonwealth Distance Learning Master’s Scholarships, click here.

Deadline: March 28, 2023.

For more information on Commonwealth Distance Learning Master’s Scholarships, visit the official site.