Commonwealth Split-Site PhD Scholarships – Study in the UK

Applications are open to candidates from Commonwealth countries for the Commonwealth Split-Site PhD Scholarships to conduct research at a UK university for 12 months.

Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships are for candidates from low and middle-income countries, as classified by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), in the Commonwealth, to conduct research at a university in the UK for 12 months.

The aim of the scholarship is to widen access to UK equipment and expertise for quality doctoral candidates from Commonwealth countries and to contribute to UK and Commonwealth higher education and research through collaboration and partnerships.

High-quality graduates from least-developed and middle-income countries (including fragile and conflict-affected states) who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK but who have the potential to become influential leaders, teachers, or researchers in their home countries and whose proposed research has a developmental and leadership focus

Duration: 12-month


Each scholarship provides:

  • Approved airfare from the scholar’s home country to the UK and return at the end of the award.
  • Approved tuition fees
  • Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,347 per month, or £1,652 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area.
  • Warm clothing allowance, where applicable.
  • Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas.


To apply for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country.
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country.
  • Ensure that an institutional or departmental link exists between the home university and the proposed UK university.
  • Be registered for a PhD at a university in an eligible Commonwealth country by the time the scholarship starts in September 2024.
  • Be available to start academic study in the UK in September 2024.
  • Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format.
  • By September 2024, hold a first degree of at least upper second-class (2:1) honors standard, or a lower second-class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree).
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship.
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Selection Criteria

Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:

  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Quality of the research proposal
  • Potential impact 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
  • A supporting statement, in PDF format, signed and on institutional letterhead or an email clearly showing the sender’s details, from a proposed supervisor in the UK from the institution named on the application form
  • A supporting statement, in PDF format, signed and on institutional letterhead, or an email clearly showing the sender’s details, from the current supervisor at the home university

To apply for the Call for Proposals: APN Collaborative Working Group Research Fellowships, click here

Deadline: December 05, 2023.

For more information on the Commonwealth Split-Site PhD Scholarships- Study in the UK, visit the official site.

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