Commonwealth Scholarships in low and middle income countries

These Commonwealth Master's Scholarships allow successful applicants to benefit from the expertise provided by universities in low and middle income countries around the Commonwealth. They are majority funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP).

The scholarships give talented students – who can be from any Commonwealth country other than the host country – the opportunity to gain a Master's degree while developing new skills and experiencing life in another country.

The stories of some alumni who are graduates of the scheme can be found here.

Commonwealth Scholarships alumni

The scholarships

  • The scholarships are fully-funded. They provide full tuition fees, a return economy flight, an arrival allowance, and a regular stipend (living allowance).
  • They are for Master's courses only and are not applicable to distance learning courses.


  • Applicants must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country other than the host country.
  • Applicants must hold a Bachelors degree of at least upper second level.

2017 scholarships

Six scholarships are currently on offer – four in South Africa and two in Sri Lanka – at ACU member institutions in these countries. For details of what course are available and how to apply, please follow the links below:

South Africa, four scholarships available – find out more

Sri Lanka, two scholarships available – find out more

Earlier this year, 17 scholarships were offered at ACU member universities in 10 other low and middle income Commonwealth countries. All applications closed for these scholarships on 10 March 2017. A full list of successful recipients will be published when all awards have been confirmed. 

Scholar profiles

Click on the image below to read about the experiences of Commonwealth Scholars in low and middle income countries.

Andrew Harvey Commonwealth Scholar CSFP