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Canon Collins Trust Commonwealth Scholarships for African Team

Last updated on October 28, 2019

Canon Collins Trust acts as a nominating agency for Commonwealth Scholarships. We annually nominate 14 individuals for fully-funded Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s or PhD study at any UK university.

  • Application Deadline: 30th October 2019 16:00 (GMT)
  • To be Taken at (Country): UK
  • Type: Masters, PhD
  • Number of Awards: 14
  • Duration of Scholarships: 12 months for Masters and up to 36 months for PhD

Field(s) of Study:

In 2019 scholarships are offered under six development themes and all candidates must apply under one of these themes:

  • Science and technology for development
  • Strengthening health systems and capacity
  • Promoting global prosperity
  • Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  • Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  • Access, inclusion and opportunity

Eligibility Criteria for Commonwealth PhD Scholarships:

To apply for this scholarship through Canon Collins Trust you must:

Be a national of, or have refugee status, and be permanently resident in one of the following countries: Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique or Zambia

By October 2020, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class (2:2) degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (a Master’s degree)

Not be registered for a PhD at a UK university, or in your home country or elsewhere

Have the support of a potential supervisor from at least one UK university listed in your application form

Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format. Applications with any outstanding documents or reference letters will not be considered!

Value of Scholarships

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 usually the cost of journeys made before your award is finally confirmed)

  • Approved tuition and examination fees
  • Stipend (living allowance)
  • Family allowances
  • Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable
  • Warm clothing allowance, where applicable
  • Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas

For PhD Scholars, fieldwork grant towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas (usually the cost of one economy class return airfare to your fieldwork location), where approved

For PhD Scholars, paid mid-term visit (airfare) to your home country (unless you have claimed (or intend to claim) spouse and/or child allowances during your scholarship, or have received a return airfare to your home country for fieldwork).

Application Procedure:

This scholarship is now open for applications. All applications must be submitted via the CSC online application system available here.

Your application must include all supporting documentation, including all reference letters, by 16:00 (GMT) on 20 November 2019 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration.

It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying. Visit award webpage for details.

  1. Muibat Agbeke Muibat Agbeke

    Some times the scholarship advert online has no meaning. This one can only be obtain in UK And not even anywhere online so what of those who are not in UK? It is well sha

    • Franca Emeruom Franca Emeruom

      What its simply means is that, only qualified applicants are those in UK or those that can travel to UK for such scholarships. I wish them well anyway.


    Congratulations! Congratulations!!!! Congratulations!!! To all African people this type of scholarship is meant for African but it could be obtain in united kingdom not in Nigeria but of we living in Nigeria.

  3. Adewale Ayanbunmi Adewale Ayanbunmi

    When we are talking about scholarship it is not for people in Nigeria here and to get opportunity to U.K is not a day job but god is in control of every things.

  4. Adesida Adeyemi Adesida Adeyemi

    This is a good and beautiful one coming from the trust commonwealth as a scholarship for African students congratulations to those putting in for it

  5. Destiny Freedom Destiny Freedom

    Thanks for the information is good and the update again thanks am very much global express my good much



  7. Diepriye Daniel Diepriye Daniel

    Congratulations, to the organizers of this great scholarship, they’ve really done well to the great Nigerian people congratulations

  8. Josephat Uchechukwu Josephat Uchechukwu

    Some scholarships are not made for every Nigerian. Its based on merit and qualification. When you hear scholarships do not it’s for poor people to benefit.

  9. Ethel Clara Ethel Clara

    Thanks to Canon Collins Trust for this opportunity in helping Africans with commonwealth scholarship. Kudos to the eligible /selected candidates.

  10. Muyiwa Olalekan Muyiwa Olalekan

    Terms and conditions for eligibility is cumbersome, but I wish I can also apply. But thanks to the organizer of the program

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