Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are offered for citizens of certain developing Commonwealth countries. The scholarships are funded by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), with the sole aim of contributing to the UK’s international development and widen overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth in the area of education.

The Purpose of Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships is to contribute to the developmental needs of Commonwealth countries by providing training for skilled and qualified professionals in key development areas. See also Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships 2020/2021 For International Students

About Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships

The scholarship currently holds / takes place at University of  Edinburgh and all other participating universities across the globe. The number of scholarship is not specific, and it is targeted at   international students

Levels & fields of study includes all eligible course  at University of Edinburgh

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships 2021/2022 At University Of Edinburgh

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships 2021/2022 At University Of Edinburgh

Scholarship Value, Benefits and Duration

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

Target Countries 

Nationals of Commonwealth Developing Countries:

Bangladesh, Cameroon, Eswatini, The Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia

Development themes and impact

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those unable to study in the UK for financial and other reasons.

These scholarships are offered under six themes:

  1. Science and technology for development
  2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  6. Access, inclusion and opportunity

Find out more about the CSC Development themes.

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships Eligible Courses

Below are the certified and approved courses for the scholarships

  • Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health, MSc
  • Carbon Management, MSc
  • Clinical Education, MSc
  • Clinical Management of Pain, MSc
  • Conservation Medicine, MVetSci
  • Family Medicine, MSc
  • General Surgery, ChM
  • Global Challenges, MSc
  • Global Health and Infectious Disease, MSc
  • International Animal Health, MSc
  • International Animal Welfare Ethics and Law, MSc
  • One Health. MSc
  • Paediatric Emergency Medicine, MSc
  • Public Health, MPH
  • Surgical Sciences, ChM
  • Trauma & Orthopaedics, ChM
  • Urology, ChM
  • Vascular & Endovascular Surgery, ChM
Eligibility Criteria
  • 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 an eligible 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. See also Nigerian Army Recruitments 2021 For Trades and Non Tradesmen
Application Procedure

Interested candidates must apply to study an eligible master’s course at a UK university that is participating in the Distance Learning scheme. You must also apply and secure admission to your university course in addition to applying for a Distance Learning Scholarship. You must check with your chosen university for their specific advice on when to apply, admission requirements, and rules for applying. All applications must be submitted by 17:00 (BST) on 26 April 2021 at the latest

Please kindly visit the official scholarship website for your application and further enquiries, you are expected to follow the application guidelines carefully and make sure you follow the steps as stated: