2019-20 CSSS Studentships - MSc Public Health for Eye Care

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 nine awards under the CSSS ‘Strengthening health systems and capacity’ theme for MSc Public Health for Eye Care programme.

These scholarships are jointly funded by the UK government and the School.

Each scholarship award will provide:

  • MSc Public Health for Eye Care tuition fees (at the overseas fee rate)
  • GBP 1,330.00 monthly maintenance stipend  
  • GBP 421.00 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 2018-19 rates. 2019-20 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, and
  • be permanently and continually resident in an eligible Commonwealth country*, and
  • be available to start your academic studies in the UK at the start of the 2019-20 academic year (September 2019), and
  • hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard, or a lower second class level plus a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree) by October 2019 **, 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 country, and
  • not have worked for one year or more in a high income country, and
  • confirm in writing (via CSCUK application) that neither they nor their families would otherwise be able to pay for study in the UK, and
  • confirm in writing (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, Guyana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, 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 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 2019-20 MSc Public Health for Eye Care, and
  2. submit a complete CSSS application for funding via the CSCUK’s online application form

before the funding deadline of 16.00 (GMT) on 14 March 2019.

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 14 March 2019.
- By applying for this funding applicants agree to its Terms and 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 online application
Applicants must apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme awards via the Shared Scholarship page on the CSCUK website.
- If you require assistance with your MSc Public Health for Eye Care application please contact Romulo Fabunan by email: