The 2024 Commonwealth Split Site Scholarship is designed to help students from Commonwealth countries undertake part of their Ph.D. research in the United Kingdom at no cost.
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The scholarship is open to applicants who must be citizens of a Commonwealth country and must typically have completed a master’s degree in a relevant field.
This article will take you through the step-by-step process for applying for the 2024 Commonwealth split-site PhD Scholarship
Commonwealth Split Site PhD Scholarship Summary
- Host Country: United Kingdom (UK)
- Study Abroad: Study in UK
- Category: Postgraduate Scholarships | PhD Scholarships
- Eligible Countries: Commonwealth Countries
- Reward: Full Scholarship | £1,652 Monthly Stipends | Accommodaton | Airfare Tickets
- No IELTS Required
- Deadline: December 5, 2023
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Commonwealth Split Site Scholarship Details:
Commonwealth Split-site PhD Scholarship supports one year’s study at a UK university as part of a PhD being undertaken in a candidate’s home country, under the joint supervision of a home country and UK supervisor.
The 12-month period of study in the UK supported by the scholarship can be taken at any stage during your PhD study, providing this is justified in your study plan.
It can be divided into two or more periods, with no more than 12 months elapsing between each award term.
2024 Commonwealth Split Site PhD Scholarship Requirements:
To be considered for the Commonwealth Split-site Scholarship, you must:
- 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 an eligible Commonwealth country
- Be registered for a PhD at a university in an eligible Commonwealth country by the time your Scholarship starts (September 2024)
- Ensure that an institutional or departmental link exists between your home university and your proposed UK university. This link must be greater than simply a collaboration between individuals – see section on ‘Tenure and placement’ for further details. Both supervisors must provide a supporting statement which provides further details of the link to ensure your application is eligible.
- Be available to start your academic studies in the UK in September 2024
- By September 2024, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a lower second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
- Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this Scholarship
Benefits of the Commonwealth Split Site Scholarship 2024
- Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependants, nor the cost of journeys made before your award is confirmed)
- Approved tuition fees
- Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,347 per month, or £1,652 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at current levels).
- Warm clothing allowance, where applicable
- Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
- If a Scholar is widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of £576.61 per month for the first child, and £143 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if their children are living with them at the same address in the UK.
Required Documents for the Commonwealth Split Site Scholarship
To apply, candidates must be ready to submit the following documents or required information;
In the application form, applicants are asked to:
- List all undergraduate and postgraduate university qualifications obtained.
- List up to 10 publications and prizes.
- Provide details of employment history and explain how the experience gained supports and is relevant to the programme to be undertaken in the UK.
- List names and positions of three referees who are qualified to comment on both their capacity to benefit from the proposed scholarship in the UK and their ability to deliver development impact afterwards. One of the referees must be a current employer (if applicable) and at least two references must be included with the application.
- Provide a Development Impact statement in four parts.
How to Apply for Commonwealth Split Site Scholarship (Step by Step)
To apply for the Commonwealth Split-site Scholarship, here is the step-by-step process of application.
Check Eligibility: Ensure you are eligible as a citizen of an eligible Commonwealth country with a relevant master’s degree and a research proposal aligned with your home country’s development needs.
Research Host Institutions: Identify and contact potential UK host institutions for your research.
Prepare Research Proposal: Develop a detailed research proposal.
Contact National Nominating Agency: Find out if you need to apply through your country’s national nominating agency.
Complete Online Application: Fill out the application form provided by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission or your national nominating agency.
Submit Reference Letters: Arrange for reference letters.
Submit Supporting Documents: Provide required documents and transcripts.
Attend Interviews (if required).
Await Selection Results: You’ll be notified of the results.
Accept the Scholarship: If selected, accept the offer and follow instructions.
Prepare for UK Study: This includes securing a student visa and making travel arrangements.
Begin Your Research: Start your research in the UK.