The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship is an international programme under which member governments offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commonwealth countries. The programme was established at the first Commonwealth Education Conference in 1959, and over 26,000 individuals have benefitted from it so far.

Commonwealth scholarships 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 also nominates UK citizens for scholarships to study in other Commonwealth countries under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan.

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan provides opportunities to students of Commonwealth countries who can make a significant contribution to their home country after the completion of a higher education programme in the UK. This is a source of funding made available to all Commonwealth countries by the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission. 

Level of courses

  • One year Taught Master's courses

The CSFP is an annual scheme made available to all the Commonwealth countries by the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission. In India, this is jointly managed by:

  • Commonwealth Scholarships Commission
  • The British Council, India
  • Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
  • Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.

The scholarship covers:

  • economy return international travel
  • tuition fee
  • adequate maintenance and other allowances.

Themes covered:

  • 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

Applications for 2020 are now closed!

For details, please visit Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's website and the MHRD website.


The preliminary selection of candidates for scholarships is carried out in India by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Department of Education, and Government of India. 

The preliminary selection is done through a process of shortlisting of applications, followed by personal interviews in New Delhi. 


The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
John Foster House 
36 Gordon Square
London, WC1H OPF 
Tel: +44-207-387 8572

Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD)
Department of Higher Education
External Scholarship Division
ES.4 Section, West Block-1
Wing-6, 2nd Floor, R. K. Puram, New Delhi-110066
Tel: +91-11-26172491 and 26172492