Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships

The Commonwealth Scholarships in low and middle income countries scheme will be expanded from 2019 and will become known as the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships, in honour of Her Majesty The Queen – the Head of the Commonwealth and ACU Patron.

By 2025, the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship scheme will have made an additional 150 scholarships available to talented students to study postgraduate degrees at universities in low and middle income countries, including Ghana, South Africa, and Sri Lanka.

The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships will be open to applicants from across the Commonwealth, and will be hosted in leading universities in low and middle income countries. The first Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholars will begin their study starting in 2019, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Commonwealth and the 60th anniversary of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan.

HRH Prince Harry announced the new scholarships in his new role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Youth Forum on 16 April 2018. Read news story

Watch HRH Prince Harry's full speech above, or skip to the scholarship announcement at 6:00

The scholarships will be supported by an expansion of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) endowment fund, an inter-governmental fund which is managed by the ACU.

Commonwealth countries are being asked to actively support the expansion of the endowment fund, with the government of the United Kingdom having already pledged £5 million in support.

Andrew Harvey, Commonwealth Scholar

More information about the scholarships

  • The scholarships are fully-funded, providing 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, and hold a Bachelors degree of at least upper second level.
  • Read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Elizabeth Mantebeah, Commonwealth Scholar from Ghana


Scholar stories

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

Commonwealth Scholar stories