Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme 2018/19

About the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are intended to enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development. The purpose of the scholarship scheme is to contribute to development needs of lower income Commonwealth countries by providing training for skilled and qualified professionals and academics who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK.

This year, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is offering five awards under the CSSS ‘Strengthening health systems and capacity’ theme. These awards are for MSc Public Health for Eye Care programme.

These scholarships are jointly funded by Commonwealth Scholarship Commission UK (CSCUK), funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and the School.

Each scholarship award will provide:

  • MSc Public Health for Eye Care tuition fees (at the overseas fee rate)
  • GBP 1,306.00 monthly maintenance stipend  
  • GBP 414.00 warm clothing allowance
  • CSCUK-approved airfare from the student’s home country to the United Kingdom, and return home at the end of the award
  • Tuberculosis test fees (when required by UK Visas & Immigration)
  • Study-related costs grant
  • Excess baggage allowance for return home

Amounts quoted are at the 2017-18 rate. 2018-19 rates will be released by CSCUK later this year.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must

  • be a citizen of or be granted refugee status from an eligible Commonwealth country*, or be a British Protected Person, and
  • be permanently and continually resident in an eligible Commonwealth country*, and
  • hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard, or a lower second class level plus a Master’s degree **, and
  • be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue their proposed course of study and meet the School’s English language proficiency requirements at the time of application, and
  • not have studied for one academic year or more in a high income (developed) country, and
  • not have worked for one year or more in a high income (developed) country, and
  • confirm in writing (via EAS application) that neither they nor their families would otherwise be able to pay for study in the UK, and
  • confirm in writing (via EAS application) that they will return to their home country within one month of the end of the end of their award.

* Eligible Commonwealth countries: Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, Guyana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuata, Zambia

** Please note that CSC does not assess work experience in lieu of this minimum academic qualification.

How to Apply

To apply for this funding, applicants must

  1. submit a complete application for study for 2018-19 MSc Public Health for Eye Care, and
  2. submit a complete CSSS application for funding via the CSCUK’s Electronic Application System (EAS) (The EAS will be open for CSSS application between 23 Feb 2018 and 17 April 2018.)

before the funding deadline of 17 April 2018.

Further Application Guidance

- The School encourages applicants to submit both applications (for study and for funding) as soon as is reasonably possible.

- Applications will not be considered unless all the requirements set out in the advert and guidance (below) are met by the CSSS deadline of 17 April 2018.

- By applying for this funding applicants agree to its Terms & Conditions.

- Step 1: MSc Public Health for Eye Care programme application

To make an application for the MSc Public Health for Eye Care programme at the School applicants should follow the link on the ‘How to Apply’ tab on the programme page and choose the online application option.

Under the ‘Funding’ section of the application form, applicants should indicate that they are applying for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme award.

Before submitting their application for study, applicants should use the checklist below to ensure that their application is complete and that they have submitted all the required documents for this funding. Please note that only those applications with all the necessary documents, as highlighted in the checklist below, will be considered for this funding.


  • Academic Transcripts for undergraduate (UG) and any Masters/Postgraduate (PG) qualifications.

(Although the School only requires a transcript for your highest qualification you should note that the CSCUK requires UG transcripts too, and we will need to provide these if you are nominated for an award.)

  • Copy of passport
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Proof of English language proficiency

(Applicants for this funding must submit test results confirming that they meet the School’s English requirements at the time of application. Test results should be included in the Languages section of the MSc application form, and – where possible – uploaded with other supporting documents.)

  • Two references

(Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their referees submit references to the School as soon as possible and certainly before the funding deadline date.)

- Step 2: CSSS – EAS online application

Applicants must apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme awards via the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s Electronic Application System on the CSCUK website. (A detailed information guide showing applicants how to complete the electronic application form and a link to the EAS can be found on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website via the link above.)

- If you require assistance with your MSc Public Health for Eye Care application please contact Romulo Fabunan by email: