Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships

Applications for the Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are now open for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are for candidates from least developed, low, and lower middle-income Commonwealth countries, for part-time Master’s study by distance learning on selected courses offered by UK universities. These scholarships are funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

About the Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships

DEADLINE : 15 March 2022.
LEVEL : Online Master.
FINANCING : Tuition fees + study grant.
OPEN TO : Specific countries (see below).


The CSC aims to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make change. To be eligible for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships, candidates should:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country (see below), or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country.
  • Hold a first degree of at least upper second class standard. A lower qualification and sufficient relevant experience may be considered in certain cases.
  • Be unable to afford to study the program without this scholarship.

The 25 eligible countries listed below can apply for Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships in 2022: Bangladesh, Belize, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua, New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, The Gambia, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia.

Amount of the Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships

A Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships covers:

  • Tuition fees.
  • Study grants where required.

The CSC does not require any candidates to take an IELTS (English language) test.

Participating universities and eligible courses.

Access, inclusion, and opportunity :

Loughborough UniversityMSc Water Management for Development
University of EdinburghMSc Clinical Education

Master of Family Medicine

University of SouthamptonMSc Gerontology

Promoting global prosperity:

Leeds Beckett UniversityMSc Responsible Tourism Management
University of EdinburghMSc International Development (distance learning)

Science and technology for development:

Bangor UniversityMSc Tropical Forestry

MSc Agroforestry and Food Security

University of ManchesterMSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development
University of St AndrewsPGDip/MSc Sustainable Aquaculture

Strengthening global peace, security, and governance:

Open UniversityMSc Global Development
University of OxfordMSt International Human Rights Law

Strengthening health systems and capacity:

Liverpool School of Tropical MedicineMSc Global Health
University of EdinburghMSc Surgical Sciences

ChM General Surgery

ChM Trauma & Orthopaedics

ChM Urology

ChM Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

University of ManchesterMaster of Public Health
University of StrathclydeMSc Prosthetic & Orthotic Rehabilitation Studies

MSc Prosthetic Rehabilitation Studies

MSc Orthotic Rehabilitation Studies

MSc Rehabilitation Studies

London School of Hygiene & Tropical MedicineMSc Clinical Trials

MSc Epidemiology

MSc Infectious Diseases

MSc Public Health

MSc Global Health Policy

University of EdinburghMaster of Public Health

MSc Epidemiology

Cardiff UniversityMSc Palliative Medicine for Healthcare Professionals
University of StirlingMSc Dementia Studies

Strengthening resilience and responses to crises:

Open UniversityMSc Environmental Management

How to apply to the Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships?

At first, you need to apply and secure admission to study an eligible master’s course at a UK university that is participating in the Distance Learning scheme (use links above to apply). You must check with your chosen university for their specific advice on when to apply, admission requirements, and rules for applying.

You can apply for more than one course and/or to more than one university, but you may only accept one offer of a Distance Learning Scholarship.

You can start your application for the Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships, but you won’t be able to finalize it until you upload the offer letter.

Applications must include the following supporting documentation by 17:00 (GMT) on 5 April 2022 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:

  • At least one reference.
  • An offer letter to start the chosen course of study in the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications (with certified translations if not in English).

The deadline to apply for the Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships is 15 March 2022, while the deadline to upload your document is 5 April 2022.

If you require any further assistance about applying for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships, you can contact them here.


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