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Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship : Introduction

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Areas of Study :
Medicine, Dentistry, Engineering and Technology, Science, Agriculture and Allied fields, Humanities and Social Sciences
Level :
Master’s and Doctoral level
Scholarship Funded by :
Commonwealth Scholarships Commission
Provided to :

CitizensAll Commonwealth countries

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP), established in 1959, is one of the largest and most prestigious scholarships schemes for international study in the world. This international program was set up to provide a framework through which any Commonwealth government could offer scholarships or career development opportunities to citizens of other Commonwealth countries. 

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship is an annual scheme made available to all Commonwealth countries by the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission. In India, this program is managed jointly by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU, UK); Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India and the British Council.

Each individual country can decide whether to offer awards and, if so, what type of awards. For many years, awards were focused on postgraduate Scholarships – at both Master’s and doctoral level – with some undergraduate awards and mid-career Academic Fellowships. India offers Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study.

Level of Course

Commonwealth Scholarships will be awarded for studies leading to either:

  1. Six month clinical training/ research/ specialization (for MBBS,BDS, MS, MD degree holders only)
    1. Cancer Research 2. Cardiology (including Cardiac Surgery) 3. Gynecology 4. Medicine and 5. Dentistry. 6. Orthopedics 7. Neurology and 8. ENT.
  2. (i) One year taught master's courses or equivalent degree,
    (ii) Three years doctoral degree
    (iii) One year research on a split site basis, towards a Ph. D. registered at a university in home country 
  1. Engineering and Technology : 
    1. Electronics/Electrical; 2. Environmental Studies; 3. Remote Sensing Technology; 4. Communication Engineering; 5. Biotechnology or Biochemical Engineering; 6. Robotics (including Artificial Intelligence); 7. Computer Applications/Computer Science; 8. Aerospace Engg./Aeronautics; 9. Civil Engg.; 10. Material Science; 11. Marine Engg. and 12. Mining Engg.
  2. Science (Pure and Applied)
    1. Mathematics; 2. Molecular Biology; 3. Physics and 4. Chemistry (including Pharmaceutical/Medicinal Chemistry)
  3. Agriculture
    1. Agronomy & Forestry
  4. Humanities and Social Sciences
    1. Sociology; 2. Management Studies; 3. Economics; 4. Psychology; 5. Law; 6. English (Literature/Linguistics); 7. History; 8. Philosophy and 9. Political Science with International Relations

Candidates who have already completed Ph.D. or are about to complete it will not be considered.

Commonwealth fellowship is available in any academic subject (including Medicine and Dentistry). Fellowships are primarily intended for younger established teachers (not for the senior members of the department) to enhance their teaching and/or research experience, or in the case of Medicine and Dentistry, clinical skills relevant to what they're going to study at the institution they choose. Commonwealth Fellowships are not available for higher degrees.

Medicine: all branches

Eligibility Criteria :

To apply for a Scholarship and Fellowship, the applicant must :

For Master's Degree or Six Months Clinical Training
Bachelor's Degree in the subject field concerned securing 60% or above marks in Humanities and Social Science group and 65% or above marks in Medical, Engineering and Technology, Science and Agriculture Group. Candidate should give one page academic justification for pursuing the course in U.K.

For Ph.D Degree
Master's Degree in the concerned subject fields securing 60% or above marks in Humanities and Social Science group and 65% or above marks in the relevant subjects in Medical, Engineering and Technology, Science and Agriculture group.

Note : 
Candidates who wish to undertake postgraduate study in Business and/or Management should before applying for a Commonwealth Scholarship, have taken the Graduate Management Admission Test (Princeton Test).
Candidates whose native language is not English will be required to provide evidence that they have sufficient competence in English to practice Medicine or Dentistry in the United Kingdom. Nominated candidates will be required to take the IELTS, for which they may contact local British Council Office.

Duration : 
Commonwealth scholarship are for one-year in case of Master's; six-months in case of Clinical Training; three-years in case of PhD.
Commonwealth Fellowships are for six months. Awards normally run from October in any year (i.e. the beginning of the academic year in the UK). Up to 70 Fellowships are available.

Each scholarship are valued for :

Scholar’s emoluments are not subject to United Kingdom income tax, but holders and their spouses may be liable for the payment at least in part of any Council tax levied by the local authority where they live.

How to apply

Applications can be made online through the website  or through the Commonwealth Scholarship Agency (usually the Ministry of Education) in the applicant's home country. Candidate should clearly mention the course and university to which he/ she is seeking admission. Agency addresses are listed in the Commonwealth Universities Yearbook.

For those applying by post, applications on plain paper along with the required documents (attested copies of all certificates/degrees/diplomas have to be attached) should reach Section Officer, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education, External Scholarship Division, ES.4 Section, A-2/W-4, Curzon Road Barracks, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi- 110 001.


The commonwealth scholarships are advertised in July or August every year in national dailies/ employment news. For the fellowship programmes, UGC sends circulars to all universities in July or August.

The candidate must apply for these scholarships at least one year before the course starts. As the deadlines varies, check before applying to the scholarship.

The preliminary selection of candidates for scholarships is carried out in India by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Department of Education, Government of India. The preliminary selection of candidates for Academic Staff Fellowships is carried out in India by University Grants Commission (UGC). It is done through a process of short listing of applications, followed by personal interviews in New Delhi.

The interviews are normally held in November or December for the awards beginning September of the following year. 

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), London, does the final selection on the basis of the nominations sent by the MHRD and UGC.

Useful Contact
Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD)
Department of Education
External Scholarships Division
A-1/W-3, Curzon Road Barracks
Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 110001
Phone : +91 11 2338 4501
Fax : +91 11 2338 5337
E-Mail : Contact Now

University Grants Commission
Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi -110001
Tel: +91-11-2323 3895

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
John Foster House
36 Gordon Square
London, WC1H OPF
Tel: +44-207-387 8572

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