2020-21 Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (PH4D)

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 two awards under the CSSS ‘Strengthening health systems and capacity’ theme for the MSc Public Health for Development (PH4D) programme.

Each scholarship award will provide:

  • MSc Public Health for Development tuition fees (at the overseas fee rate) and mandatory field trip fee)
  • GBP 1,362.00 monthly maintenance stipend 
  • GBP 431.00 warm clothing allowance
  • GBP 200.00  study travel grant
  • GBP 225.00 thesis grant
  • CSCUK-approved airfare from the student’s home country to the United Kingdom, and return home at the end of the award
  • Visa and associated costs (including Tuberculosis test fees, when required by UK Visas & Immigration)
  • Excess baggage allowance for return home

Amounts quoted are at the 2019-20 UK HMG rates. These are subject to an annual increase. 2020-21 rates will be released by CSCUK in due course.

Funding eligibility criteria

Applicants must: 

  • be a citizen of or be granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country*, or be a British Protected Person; 
  • be permanently and continually resident in an eligible Commonwealth country*; 
  • be available to start your academic studies in the UK at the start of the 2020-21 academic year (September 2020); 
  • hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2.1) standard, or a lower second class level (2.2) plus a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree) by September 2020 **; 
  • be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue their proposed course of study and meet LSHTM’s English language proficiency requirements
  • not have studied for one academic year or more in a high income country; 
  • not have worked for one year or more in a high income country; 
  • confirm (via CSCUK application) that neither they nor their families would otherwise be able to pay for study in the UK; and 
  • confirm (via CSCUK 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, Eswatini, The Gambia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuata, Zambia

** Please note that CSC does not assess work experience in lieu of this minimum academic qualification. Neither will CSC fund a second UK Master’s degree, unless suitable justification for this is submitted. Please do not apply unless you meet the CSC minimum requirements.

How to apply

To apply for this funding, applicants must: 

  1. submit a complete application for study for 2020-21 MSc Public Health for Development; and
  2. submit a complete CSSS application for funding via the CSCUK’s online application system

The funding deadline for the above is 16.00 (GMT) on 18 December 2019.

All applicants will be advised of the outcome of their scholarship application by the end of May 2020.

Further application guidance

  • LSHTM 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 18 December 2019.
  • By applying for this funding applicants agree to its LSHTM terms and conditions.

Step 1: LSHTM MSc PH4D course application

To make an application for the MSc Public Health for Development at LSHTM applicants should follow the online application link on the ‘How to Apply’ tab on the MSc Public Health for Development programme page. 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 Master's / Postgraduate (PG) qualifications. Although LSHTM only requires a transcript for your highest qualification please note that the CSCUK requires UG transcripts too, and we will need to see these too before any award nominations are made.
  • Copy of passport. 
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Personal statement. 
  • Proof of English language proficiency, only if this is available. 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 LSHTM as soon as possible and certainly before the funding deadline date).

In addition to meeting the academic minimum entry requirements, successful candidates are expected to have lived in a developing country and worked in activities related to public health for a minimum of two years. Please be aware that the MSc Public Health for Development Programme Directors are unable to consider applications from any prospective students who have not met this minimum eligibility criterion.

Please note that if you are applying for admission to LSHTM and are accepted, you will be asked to pay a deposit within 28 days. If you are applying for a scholarship at LSHTM, please email the Admissions Team within this 28 day period, specifying the name of this scholarship and the expected decision date. This must be repeated for every scholarship for which you are applying. The admissions team will then apply an extension to the deposit deadline to match the decision deadline of the scholarship.

Step 2: CSSS online application (CSCUK funding)

Applicants must apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme awards via the Shared Scholarship page on the CSCUK website.

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