Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships for a 2-year Masters Study

Applications are welcome for the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth scholarships to study for a two-year master’s degree at an ACU member university in a low- or middle-income country.

The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships (QECS) are aimed at students who are committed to creating change in their communities. The scholarships are a life-changing opportunity to experience a new country and culture, broaden horizons, and build a global network that will last a lifetime.

Through cultural exchange and academic collaboration, Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholars help bring about positive change and find solutions to the shared challenges we face – both in their home countries and those that host them. As an active part of the Commonwealth network, scholars will help shape its future.

Duration: 02 years


  • Fully-funded tuition fees
  • Living allowance (stipend) for duration of award
  • Return economy flights to host country
  • One-off arrival allowance
  • Research Support Grant (on request only; subject to approval)


  • Citizens (or those who hold refugee status) in a Commonwealth country are welcome to apply.
  • Applicants must have already completed their degree and have graduated with an equivalent of a 2:1 at the time of application.
  • The QECS will only fund Master’s courses with a maximum duration of two years.
  • QECS awards are only for new students and cannot be used to fund a course that has already been started.
  • Applicants cannot apply for a scholarship in their country of citizenship.
  • There is no upper age limit to be eligible for a QECS Award.
  • Refugees should apply as if they were a citizen of the country that has offered them refugee status.
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Selection Criteria

The selection committee assesses applications using four key criteria:

  • Academic history/references
  • Plan of Study
  • Development Impact and Post Study Outreach
  • Creating Networks

Application Process

For an application to be considered for selection, applicants must ensure that:

  • Their personal statement is written clearly so that a non-specialist can understand what the aims of the research are and how they will be implemented
  • They clearly outline why they are applying to the courses and institutions listed on their application form.
  • They should meet all the eligibility requirements for their chosen university course, including having the necessary work experience
  • Two referees are identified, and references are provided– references should be detailed and include the content outlined on the application form
  • Include full details about marks/grades gained for degrees.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to ensure that full supporting documentation is provided at the time of application, in the form of an official transcript

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Deadline: May 24, 2024.

For more information Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships for a 2-year Masters Study, visit the official site.

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