International students aspiring to study abroad in a low or middle-income country of the Commonwealth can now access a fully-funded scholarship covering tuition fees, living expenses allowances and return flight tickets under the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships.

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships

Aimed at students who are committed to creating change in their communities, the scholarships are a life-changing opportunity to experience a new country and culture, to broaden horizons, and to build a global network that will last a lifetime.

Through cultural exchange and academic collaboration, Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholars help bring about positive change and find solutions to the shared challenges we face – both in their home countries and those that host them. As an active part of the Commonwealth network, scholars will help shape its future.

Title: Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships

Level of Study: PG/Master’s (2-Years Programme)

Who can apply: Citizens (or those who hold refugee status) in a Commonwealth country

Countries of Study: Bangladesh, eSwatini, Ghana, West Indies, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania

Subject of Study: Several

Total Number of Awards: 12

Deadline: 18 January 2021

Start-Date: July – October 2021

Value: Full Course Fees + Allowance for living expenses + Return Flight Tickets + Arrival Allowance + Research Support Grant (on request & subject to approval only)

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Strong personal statements (detailed below)
  2. Meet respective university and course requirements including any work experience
  3. Academic/Professional References
  4. Academic History

Scholarship Assessment

The selection committee assesses applications using four key criteria:

  • Academic history/references
  • Plan of Study
  • Development Impact and Post Study Outreach
  • Creating Networks

For an application to be considered for selection, applicants must ensure that:

  • Their personal statement is written clearly so that a non-specialist can understand what the aims of the research are and how they will be implemented
  • They clearly outline why they are applying to the courses and institutions listed on their application form. You must tailor these answers to each institution – if you write the same answer for each course/institution or copy and paste text from university websites, then your application will not be considered.
  • They meet all the eligibility requirements for their chosen university course, including having the necessary work experience
  • Two referees are identified and references are provided– references should be detailed and include the content outlined on the application form
  • Include full details about marks/grades gained for particular degrees. Applicants are strongly encouraged to ensure that full supporting documentation is provided at the time of application, in the form of an official transcript.

Personal Statements

The statement section is formed of three main statements which applicants need to provide. Guidance for what is required for each statement is shown below as well as on the application form itself.

Statement 1:   Plan of study (200-400 words)

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships provide unique opportunities to study abroad for a Master’s in leading universities in low and middle-income Commonwealth countries. 

Your statement should answer the following questions: 
  • Why have you chosen to study this course? What specific features of the course do you find interesting? 
  • Why do you want to undertake this course at this institution and in this country?
  • What have you done to research your chosen university? 
  • How is this course relevant to your future career plans?
  • Explain how your previous studies and experiences make you a suitable candidate for this course.
Statement 2:   Development impact and post study outreach (300-500 words)

The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships are for students committed to creating change in their communities. Scholars will be supported to develop their knowledge and skills and learn how to apply them in their career so they can contribute towards solutions to global challenges and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  

Your statement should answer the following questions: 
  • Describe briefly one challenge or problem in your country that you would like to address.
  • How will your proposed study help you contribute towards a solution to this challenge?
  • What skills do you expect to gain from this scholarship?
  • How will you use the knowledge and skills gained on award in your local community when you return home?
Sustainable development goals (150-200 words)
  • Which of the UN Sustainable Development Goals does the subject you are studying most align to? (you can pick more than one).
  • How will your proposed study contribute to this/these Sustainable Development Goal(s)? 
Statement 3: Creating networks (200-400 words)

The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships provide an opportunity to embrace new cultures, learn different perspectives and enhance collaboration at home and throughout the Commonwealth. 

Your statement should answer the following questions: 
  • Explain how you have developed networks through academic studies, hobbies, work experience and/or volunteering experience.
  • What connections and networks will help you to achieve an impact from your scholarship? 
  • How might you start to develop these connections during your study?

Participating Countries, Universities & the Course Offerings


Universiti Malaya

Contact: skp_aasc@um.edu.my

Universiti Putra Malaysia

Entry requirements:

  • Bachelor degree with minimum Cumulative Grade Points Average (CGPA) of 3.75.
  • Compliance with the English requirement with a minimum score of 6.0 for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent.

Contact: pg_admission@upm.edu.my


Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST), Kumasi

All Master courses (18-24 months)

Entry requirements: 

Completion of a relevant degree and two years of work experience after graduating.

Contact: ipo@knust.edu.gh


The University of the West Indies
Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago

Entry requirements:



University of Mauritius

MPH Master of Public Health (one year full-time programme)

Entry requirements:

Suitable candidates should have a strong academic record with adequate quantitative skills and a background in medicine, health sciences, biological sciences or environmental sciences.

Contact:  h.jugoo@uom.ac.mu


University of Dhaka 

All Masters courses (18-24 months)

Entry requirements:

Four years of undergraduate study.

Contact: intlhelpdesk@du.ac.bd


University of Eswatini
  • MA History
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MEd Adult Education
  • MEd Curriculum & Teaching
  • MEd Educational Foundations & Management
  • MEd Primary
  • MNSc Family Nurse Practice
  • MSc Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • MSc Agricultural Education
  • MSc Agricultural Extension
  • MSc Animal Science
  • MSc Chemistry
  • MSc Conservation Ecology
  • MSc Consumer Science Education
  • MSc Computational Physics
  • MSc Crop Science
  • MSc Crop Protection
  • MSc Environmental Resources Management
  • MSc Food Science and Technology
  • MSc Horticulture
  • MSc Mathematics
  • MSc Midwifery
  • MSc Textiles

Entry requirements:

Undergraduate degree in a relevant subject area. 

Contact: lnhlabatsi@uniswa.sz


Technical University of Kenya

Courses available:

  • MA Applied Linguistics
  • MA Entrepreneurship
  • Master of Music In Music Education Or African Music Studies
  • Master of Musical Arts In Composition Or Performance
  • MBA Business Administration
  • MEng Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • MPH Public Health
  • MPhil Applied Parasitology
  • MSc Applied Parasitology
  • MSc Applied Statistics
  • MSc Community Nutrition
  • MSc Computational Chemistry
  • MSc Forensic Biochemistry
  • MSc Information And Knowledge Management
  • MSc International Relations
  • MSc Land Administration
  • MSc Mathematical Statistics
  • MSc Mathematics (Pure Or Applied Mathematics)
  • MSc Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • MSc Physics
  • MTech Applied Entomology
  • MTech Applied Parasitology
  • MTech Environmental Resource Management

Contact: vc@tukenya.ac.ke

University of Nairobi

All Masters courses (18-24 months).

Entry requirements: N/A

Contact: gs-admissions@uonbi.ac.ke


COMSATS University Islamabad

Courses available:

  • MSc Banking and Finance
  • MSc Bioinformatics
  • MSc Biosciences
  • MSc Biosciences and Molecular Biology
  • MSc Biotechnology
  • MSc Chemical Engineering
  • MSc Chemistry
  • MSc Computer Engineering
  • MSc Computer Science
  • MSc Cyber Security
  • MSc Development Studies
  • MSc Earth Sciences (Applied Geology / Applied Geophysics)
  • MSc Economics
  • MSc Electrical Engineering
  • MSc Environmental Engineering
  • MSc Environmental Sciences
  • MSc Information Security
  • MSc Management Sciences
  • MSc Mathematics
  • MSc Mechanical Engineering
  • MSc Meteorology
  • MSc Microbiology and Immunology
  • MSc Molecular Genetics
  • MSc Molecular Virology
  • MSc Pharmacy
  • MSc Physics
  • MSc Project Management
  • MSc Remote Sensing & Geographic Information System
  • MSc Software Engineering
  • MSc Statistics
  • MSc Sustainable Water Sanitation Health and Development

Entry requirements: N/A

Contact: int.admissons@comsats.edu.pk


University of Rwanda

Courses available:

  • MA Development Studies
  • MA Genocide Studies And Prevention
  • MA Peace Studies And Conflict Transformation
  • MA Security Studies
  • MA Translation And Interpreting
  • Master In Field Epidemiology And Laboratory Management
  • Master Of Hospital And Healthcare Administration
  • Master Of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Quality Assurance And Quality Control
  • Master Of Social Sciences In Gender And Development
  • Master Of Social Sciences In Local Governance Studies
  • Masters In Business Law
  • Masters In International Criminal Justice And The Law Of Human Rights
  • MEd Biology Education
  • MEd Chemistry Education
  • MEd Curriculum And Instructions
  • MEd Educational Leadership And Management
  • MEd English Education
  • MEd French Education
  • MEd Kinyarwanda Education
  • MEd Kiswahili Education
  • MEd Mathematics Education
  • MEd Physics Education
  • MEd Special Needs Education
  • MPhil Public Health
  • MSc Accounting
  • MSc Agribusiness
  • MSc Agriculture Engineering With Specialisation In Soil And Water Engineering
  • MSc Agroforestry And Soil Management
  • MSc Animal Production
  • MSc Clinical Psychology And Therapeutics
  • MSc Crop Science
  • MSc Data Science In Biostatistics
  • MSc Data Science In Data Mining
  • MSc Data Science In Demography
  • MSc Data Science In Actuarial Science
  • MSc Data Science In Econometrics
  • MSc Economics
  • MSc Epidemiology
  • MSc Field Epidemiology
  • MSc Health Informatics
  • MSc Health Supply Chain Management
  • MSc Psychiatry
  • MSc Public Health
  • MSc Regulatory Economics And Competition Policy

Entry requirements: N/A



The State University of Zanzibar

Courses available:

  • MEd Language Education
  • MEd Youth Gender And Development
  • MSc Chemistry
  • MSc Information Technology
  • MSc Natural Resources Management And Climate Change

Entry requirements: N/A

Contact: dgsrc@suza.ac.tz


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