Postgraduate funding

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme (CSSS)

Eligibility criteria

  • Open to residents of the following countries
    Zambia, Western Samoa, Vanuatu, Uganda, Tuvalu, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Solomon Islands, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Nigeria, Mozambique, Malawi, Lesotho, Kiribati, Kenya, India, Guyana, Ghana, Gambia, Cameroon, Bangladesh
  • The 2020/21 CSSS awards at King's College London are open for the following Master's programme only: To apply for these scholarships, you must:
    • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
    • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
    • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2020
    • By September 2020, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree). The CSC typically does not fund a second UK Master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you will need to provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study.
    • Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high income country
    • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
    • Be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the course
    • Be willing to confirm that you will return to your home country as soon as the period of study is complete
    • Have submitted all the relevant application materials by the deadline of 18 December 2019 (16:00 GMT).
  • Applicable subjects
    Mental Health Studies, Medicine and health related studies, International Mental Health, Global Mental Health

Application details

Applications may be submitted
06-Nov-2019 until 18-Dec-2019

Information about the funding
Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are for candidates from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time Master’s study on selected courses, jointly supported by UK universities.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Shared Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.

These scholarships are offered under six 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

The 2020/21 CSSS awards at King's College London will be open to students applying for any the following postgraduate taught (Master's) programme only:
2 awards will be available at King's College London for 2020/21 entry.

Specified use
These Shared Scholarships are jointly funded by the CSC and King's College London.

Each scholarship provides:

  • 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 dependents, nor the cost of journeys made before your award is confirmed) – arranged by the university; funded by the CSC
  • Approved tuition fees – funded by the CSC
  • Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,110 per month, or £1,362 per month for those studying at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2019-2020 levels) – paid and funded by the university
  • Warm clothing allowance, where applicable – paid and funded by the university
  • Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable – claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC
  • Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas – claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC
  • Excess baggage allowance, up to an annual approved limit, when returning home – claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC

Reimbursement of the cost of a mandatory tuberculosis (TB) test, where required for a visa application (receipts must be supplied) – claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC.

  • If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of £476 per month for the first child, and £117 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 (rates quoted at 2019-2020 levels)

The CSC’s family allowances are intended to be only a contribution towards the cost of maintaining your family in the UK. The true costs are likely to be considerably higher, and you must be able to supplement these allowances in order to support any family members who come to the UK with you.

Application procedure
In order to be considered for an award, candidates MUST submit the following by the DEADLINE OF 18 DECEMBER 2019, 16:00 GMT:

a) A complete online admissions application to King's College London for one of the eligible programmes, which can be accessed via


b) A separate application via the CSC’s online application system. Please visit the CSC's website for full details.

Failure to submit both application forms by the given deadline of 16:00 GMT on 18th December 2019 will result in the application being ineligible for consideration.

NOTE: Applicants are expected meet the university's English entry requirements before 20th March in order to be nominated by the university for the opportunity.

Selection Process
Eligible applications will be reviewed by King's College London, and King's will nominate selected candidates to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) by no later than 27th March 2020. The CSC will then confirm that these candidates meet the eligibility criteria for this scheme.

Selection criteria include:

  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country.

Results will be announced in July 2020.

For full details about the 2020/21 CSSS awards, please read the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2020 terms and conditions and visit the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's webpage

Contact details

For general queries about the scholarship scheme please contact:

Centre for Doctoral Studies
King's College London
Tel: 020 7848 3389/0202

For specific queries relating to the eligible programmes at King's, please contact to the relevant academic Department.

Funding provider
Department for International Development (DFID) and King's College London

Please note the database is updated regularly but is a guide only and not a guarantee of funding nor an exhaustive list of all funding available.

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