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Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships

Theme: International collaboration

Closing date: 24 May at 16:00 UTC

Applications are now open for the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships (QECS). QECS offers a unique opportunity to study a two-year Master’s degree in a low or middle-income Commonwealth country.

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.

My research in cellular and molecular medicine wouldn't have been possible without the QECS. I came away with a wealth of knowledge, new collaborators and exciting new ideas.

- QECS alumni Tolulope Saliu, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Applications now open

How to apply

Before submitting an application, please review the available courses and entry requirements below - in addition to the application guidance. For more information, please read the FAQs.

If you already have a MyACU account, you can access the grant application form here.

If you do not already have a MyACU account, please ensure that you first register for an account here and then follow the instructions in the registration email to log in to the system before accessing the application form.

We are aware that some applicants are currently experiencing technical problems when submitting their application(s) through MyACU. As a result of this, the option to preview your application form has been turn off. If your application is complete and you are having problems submitting it, please ensure that all sections of your application are ready to submit, then contact us here. Please also indicate which award or grant you are applying for.

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Fiji

One award available


University of the South Pacific

Available courses:

MA Applied Linguistics
MA Development Studies
MA Diplomacy & International Affairs
MA Environmental Management
MA Geography
MA Governance
MA History
MA Journalism
MA Linguistics
MA Literature
MA Major in Education
MA Marine Management
MA Mathematics
MA Pacific Studies
MA Politics/ International Affairs
MA Psychology
MA Social Policy
MA Sociology
Master of Agriculture (by thesis)
Master of Commerce in Accounting (by thesis)
Master of Commerce in Economics
Master of Commerce in Official Statistics
Master of Commerce in Population Studies & Demography
Master of Commerce in Professional Accounting
Master of Education
Master of Environmental Law
Master of Law
MSc Biology
MSc Chemistry
MSc Computing Science
MSc Earth Science
MSc Engineering
MSc Environmental Science
MSc Geospatial Science
MSc Information Systems
MSc Marine Science
MSc Mathematics
MSc Physics

Apply now

Contact: international@usp.ac.fj

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Papua New Guinea

One award available


Papua New Guinea University of Technology

Available courses:

MSc Agriculture
MSc Applied Physics
MTech Exploration Geophysics
MEng Civil Engineering
MEng Mechanical Engineering
Master of Engineering in Communication Engineering
MCS Master of Communication Studies

Apply now

Contact: pamela.dubaba@pnguot.ac.pg

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South Africa

Three awards available


North-West University

Available courses:

MA Positive Psychology
Master of Consumer Sciences
Master of Health Sciences in Cardiovascular Physiology
Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Psychology
Master of Health Sciences in Counselling Psychology
Master of Health Sciences in Health Professions Education
Master of Health Sciences in Human Movement Sciences
Master of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene
Master of Health Sciences in Psychology
Master of Health Sciences in Recreation Science
Master of Health Sciences in Research Psychology
Master of Health Sciences in Transdisciplinary Health Promotion
Master of Nursing Science
Master of Social Work
Master of Social Work in Child Protection
Master of Social Work in Forensic Practice
MPharm Pharmacy Practice
MSc Dietetics
MSc Nutrition
MSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry
MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences
MSc Pharmaceutics
MSc Pharmacology

See website for entry requirements

Applicants are required to submit a university application at the same time as their scholarship application.

Apply now

Contact: Marietjie.Ackermann@nwu.ac.za


Rhodes University

Courses are available in the following areas:

MSc Science courses
MA Humanities courses
MCOM Commerce courses
LLM Law
MPharm Pharmacy
Masters Education

Please visit the Rhodes University website to see individual courses. You will need to provide the specific course title when completing your application form.

See website for entry requirements. 

Applicants are required to submit a university application at the same time as their scholarship application.

Apply now

Contact: academicadmin@ru.ac.za


Stellenbosch University

Available courses:

MEng in Chemical Engineering
MPhil Peadiatrics
MPhil Infectious Diseases

See website for entry requirements

Applicants are required to submit a university application at the same time as their scholarship application.

Apply now

Contact: info@sun.ac.za


University of Johannesburg

Courses available in the following departments:

Health and Life Sciences
Physical Sciences
Engineering and Mathematics Accountancy and Finance
Social sciences
Arts and Humanities

See university website for course information and entry requirements.

Apply now

Contact: rdmbatha@uj.ac.za


University of Pretoria (UP)

Available courses

Master Research courses and not coursework. Visit the UP website for further information.

Applicants are required to submit a university application before their scholarship application.

Apply now

Contact: enquiries@online.up.ac.za


University of Venda

Courses available in the following departments:

Health sciences
Management, Commerce and Law
Humanities, Social Science and Education
Science, Engineering and Agriculture

See website for more details.

Entry requirements

Minimum 65% grade average in previous degree.

Apply now

Contact: postgraduate.admission@univen.ac.za

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Sri Lanka

Two awards available


University of Colombo

Available courses:

MSc Molecular Life Sciences
MSc Cellular and Molecular Immunology

Entry requirements: 

Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences, Medicine, Dental Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Agricultural Sciences and an online selection test.

There is a cost associated with this test that will not be covered by the ACU. There is a cost associated with this test that will not be covered by the ACU. QECS applicants are eligible for a 50% discount and will need to pay USD 15. Contact the University of Colombo if you have any questions

Applicants are required to submit a university application at the same time as their scholarship application.

Apply now

Contact: ar@ibmbb.cmb.ac.lk


University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Available courses:

Master of Business Administration

Entry requirements: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent qualification and three years of managerial experience.

Applicants are required to submit a university application at the same time as their scholarship application.

Apply now

Contact: admin@pim.sjp.ac.lk

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