2019-20 LSHTM Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is delighted to offer 10 scholarships to study a Master's degree by distance learning.

The Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are offered to citizens from low middle income Commonwealth countries. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.


To be eligible for these scholarships, you must fulfil the following 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 a low middle income Commonwealth country
  • Hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard. 
  • Be unable to afford to study the programme without this scholarship.

How to apply?

1. Complete an online application for an eligible MSc course. Please note that applications must be made via the Unversity of London website who handles all LSHTM distance learning applications:

You must hold an offer to study to be eligible for the scholarship.

2. Complete your application to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

Further information on the awards can be found on the CSC website.

Key dates and deadlines

The application deadline for the scholarship is 22 March 2019 [12.00 BST].

All supporting documentation – which must include an offer letter from the University of London confirming a place on one of the above DL programmes and at least one reference - must be provided no later than 12.00pm (BST) on 5 April 2019.

Successful candidates will be selected from those who have been offered a place on one of the distance learning MSc programmes and whose applications clearly demonstrate the following:

  • how their work experience aligns with the MSc programme they wish to study,
  • how acquiring the MSc award would be essential to further developing their career,
  • how the skills and qualification obtained from their distance learning studies would benefit the institution at which they work, and
  • how the skills and qualification would impact on the development of their home country.