The United Kingdom Government has announced that it will be empowering students from all developing countries with a fully funded scholarship award through the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships.
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The Commonwealth Shared Scholarships is a yearly Scholarship award sponsored by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), for graduates from developing countries including 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, Vanuatu, Zambia.
The Scholarship award empowers students to undertake a full-time Master’s study on selected courses at a UK university.
According to the awarding body, interested candidates must be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country and/or be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person.
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Aside the fully funded scholarship award, the UK Government will award a stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,133 per month, or £1,390 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2021-2022 levels) – paid and funded by the university.
Some other benefits including child allowance – for widowed, divorced or single parent – £485 per month for the first child, and £120 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if you are accompanied by your children and they are living with you at the same address in the UK.
Explaining the selection process, the Commonwealth Awarding Body stated that interested candidates should hold a first degree of at least upper second-class (2:1) honours standard, or a lower second-class degree (2:2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree).
More details about the award can be found HERE.
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