The CSFP is aimed at 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 or equivalent degree
  • Doctoral degree of up to three/four years' duration. 

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
  • 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.

Subjects covered

  • Engineering and Technology
  • Science (Pure and Applied)
  • Agriculture
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

Applications for 2018 are now open.

Deadline: Candidates are required to apply online at the following portals:

  • Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) portal by 7 February 2018 (till 3:00 PM).

Link for online application 

  • Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s Electronic Application System (EAS) by 22 February 2018.

Link for EAS

Note:

  •  It is compulsory for the applicant to apply in the above portals before the cut-off date, failing which would make his/her candidature ineligible.
  • Since the cut-off date for MHRD portal is prior to EAS cut-off date, it is advised that the candidates adhere to the respective cut-off date.

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

Fellowships

For Split-site PhD Scholarships, Shared Scholarships, Academic, Professional and Medical fellowships, please visit Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's website

Eligibility Scholarship

  • be an Indian citizen residing in India
  • have completed tertiary education in English medium
  • For Master's degree candidate should hold or expect to hold the certificate of  Bachelor's degree by October 2018 in the subject field concerned holding a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree.
  • For Ph.D  candidate should hold or expect to hold the certificate of  Master's degree by October 2018 in the subject field concerned holding a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master's degree).

Selection

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. 

 

Contact

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

John Foster House 
36 Gordon Square
London, WC1H OPF 
Tel: +44-207-387 8572

Scholarships

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