Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are for candidates from least developed and lower-middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time Master’s study on selected courses, jointly supported by UK universities.
Funded by the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and LSHTM, the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS) enables talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required to support sustainable development. These scholarships are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.
This year, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission UK (CSC) and LSHTM are offering five awards under the CSSS ‘Strengthening health systems and capacity’ theme for MSc Public Health for Eye Care programme.
Each scholarship award will provide:
- CSC-approved airfare for student from the student’s home country to the United Kingdom, and return home at the end of the award
- MSc Public Health for Eye Care tuition fees (at the overseas fee rate)
- GBP 1,369.00 monthly maintenance stipend (London metropolitan area rate)
- Warm clothing allowance, where applicable
- Reimbursement of Tuberculosis test fees, when required for a visa application, at a pre-determined amount set by the CSC
- Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable
- Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
- Excess baggage allowance for return home up to the specific rate as set by the CSC
- Disability Support Allowance for personal living costs (if eligible)
- For Scholars who are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of GBP 478.00 per month for the first child, and GBP 118.00 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16
Amounts quoted are at the 2020-21 UK HMG rates. These are subject to an annual increase. 2021-22 rates will be released by CSC in due course.
CSSS Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for these scholarships:
- Applicants must be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country*, or be a British Protected Person.
- Applicants must be permanently and continually resident in an eligible Commonwealth country*.
- Applicants must be available to start their academic studies in the UK at the start of the 2021-22 academic year (September 2021).
- Applicants must 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 2021. CSC cannot accept 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.
- Applicants must be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue their proposed course of study and meet LSHTM’s English language proficiency requirements.
- Applicants must not have studied for one academic year or more in a high-income country (for CSC purposes this is classified as a country which does not appear on the DAC list of ODA recipients).
- Applicants must not have worked for one year or more in a high-income country (for CSC purposes this is classified as a country which does not appear on the DAC list of ODA recipients).
- Applicants must confirm that neither they nor their families would otherwise be able to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship.
- Applicants must commit to 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, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuata, Zambia. (Eligible countries as stated in the DAC list published in October 2020.)
How to Apply
The application process has two steps. To be considered for this funding, applicants must meet all eligibility criteria and complete both application steps outlined below by the scholarship application deadline of 16:00 (BST) on Friday 9 April 2021.
Submit a complete application for study for 2021-22 MSc Public Health for Eye Care.
Submit a complete CSSS application for funding via the CSC’s online application system.
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.
- By applying for this funding applicants agree to the LSHTM Scholarships Terms and Conditions, and CSC scholarship requirements and Terms and Conditions.
- All applicants will be advised of the outcome of their scholarship application by the end of July 2021 at the latest.
- If you require assistance with your MSc Public Health for Eye Care application please contact Romulo Fabunan by email: Romulo.Fabunan@lshtm.ac.uk
Step 1: MSc Public Health for Eye Care programme application
- To make an application for the MSc Public Health for Eye Care programme at LSHTM 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 Admissions application checklist, uploaded to the LSHTM Admissions Portal by the scholarships deadline will be considered for this funding. In addition, please note:
- Academic Transcripts for undergraduate (UG) and any Masters/Postgraduate (PG) qualifications must be uploaded. 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. Therefore, please submit all transcripts with your application.
- Proof of English language proficiency should only be submitted 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.)
- Applicants are encouraged to communicate with their referees as early as possible in the application process, notifying them of the scholarship deadline. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their references have been submitted by the scholarship closing date.
- Applicants are advised to complete Step 1 early to allow time for their LSHTM admissions application fee payment to be processed. Until the payment is processed applicants will be unable to submit an application for study. We would therefore recommend that applicants for this funding complete and submit their application for study (and pay the admissions application fee) at least 1-2 weeks before the scholarships deadline to ensure that there are no admissions or payment processing delays which could impact on meeting the scholarship deadline. (Where possible, we would encourage applicants to submit a complete application for study as far in advance of the scholarship deadline as possible, to allow for timely processing.)
- Applicants who have already submitted a completed 2021-22 London-based MSc application and/or have been made an Offer of admission should apply for the scholarship by completing the scholarship application (Step 2 above) and submitting this by the scholarship funding deadline.
- Applicants whose application for study is successful will be asked to pay a deposit within 28 days of the offer of admission being sent. Applicants applying for scholarships at LSHTM must email the Admissions Team - within the 28 day period - to advise that they are awaiting the scholarship outcome (applicants must provide the Admissions team with both the name of the scholarship and the expected decision date in this email). This must be repeated for every application for which the applicant has applied. The Admissions team will then extend the deposit deadline to match the decision deadline of the scholarship funding.
- Please note that all applications will only be reviewed and processed after the deadline. All applications that are submitted before the deadline will be considered equally, regardless of submission date.
Step 2: Commonwealth Funding - CSSS online application
- Applicants must apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme awards via the Shared Scholarship page on the CSC website.
Please note the number of nominations and awards available for CSSS is dependent on confirmation of funding from CSCUK.