The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is an international programme under which member governments offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commonwealth countries. The CSFP was established at the first Commonwealth Education Conference in 1959, and over 27,000 individuals have benefited.
The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) is responsible for managing the United Kingdom’s contribution to the CSFP. CSC awards over 800 scholarships and fellowships for postgraduate study and professional development to Commonwealth citizens each year.
Awards in the UK are funded by the Department for International Development, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Education (DFE), in conjunction with UK universities.
The CSC makes available the following types of awards
- Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study at a UK university
- Split-site Scholarships for split-site PhD study at a UK university
- Shared Scholarships for Master’s study at selected UK universities
- Distance Learning Scholarships to study UK Master’s degree courses in your home country
- Commonwealth Rutherford Scholarships for highly skilled researchers to spend one or two years at an eligible UK university or higher education institution conducting postdoctoral research.
- Professional Fellowships for mid-career professionals to spend time at a UK host organisation
- Medical Fellowships for doctors and dentists to spend time at a UK hospital