Commonwealth Distance Learning Programme for the 2024–25 Academic Session

The call for applications is currently open for the Commonwealth Distance Learning programme for the 2024–25 academic session for Masters study in the UK.

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are for candidates from eligible low- and middle-income Commonwealth countries to undertake part-time taught Master’s studies with UK universities while remaining in their home countries. Funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to access the training and skills required for sustainable development unavailable in their home countries.


The Commonwealth Scholarship covers tuition fees and study grants where required. 


To be eligible for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship, applicants 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 Criteria

Selection criteria include:

  • Academic merit of the applicant
  • Potential impact of the work on the development of the applicant’s home country

Application Process

Applicants must upload the following documents with the application: 

  • Proof that they are a citizen or have 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 up-to-date transcripts for any courses currently being studied, with certified translations if not in English.
  • References from at least two individuals, in PDF format, signed and on institutional letterhead or an email clearly showing the sender’s details. 
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To apply for Commonwealth Distance Learning Programme for the 2024–25 Academic Session, click here

Deadline: March 28, 2024.

For more information, visit the official site.

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