Commonwealth Master's Scholarships in Sri Lanka

Why study in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan Ministry of Higher Education says:

One of the remarkable features of the Sri Lankan education system is its accessibility to education for all, irrespective of social background. As a result the country has the highest literacy rate in South Asia. Degrees and qualifications from Sri Lankan higher education institutions are well recognised around the world, making Sri Lanka one of the top destinations for higher education.

Sri Lanka is also one of the most admired tourist destinations in the South Asian region for its golden beaches, endemic flora and fauna, and spectacular landscapes.

Sri Lanka students in lab

Universities and subjects

Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) at University of Sri Jayewardenepura

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IBMBB) at University of Colombo

  • MSc Cellular and Molecular Immunology
  • MSc Molecular Life Sciences

The Scholarships

  • Two scholarships are available, starting in January/February 2019
  • The scholarships provide full tuition fees, a return economy flight, an arrival allowance and a regular stipend (living allowance)
  • The scholarships are for Master’s study only and are not applicable to distance learning courses
  • The scholarships are for new students only and cannot be used to fund a course you have already started
  • No additional funding will be provided for applicants with families
  • Scholarships are for a maximum of two years

Support for Commonwealth Scholars

All Commonwealth Scholars have a dedicated contact person at the ACU who can be contacted by email and phone.


Applicants must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country other than Sri Lanka.

Applicants must hold a Bachelors degree of at least upper second level.

How to apply

Download this application form, and complete it in as much detail as possible. 

As well as the application form, applicants must submit the following:

  • High school certificates
  • Undergraduate transcripts and graduation certificate
  • At least one academic reference
  • Scan of passport or national ID card
  • Proof of English language ability if English is not your first language
  • University offer letter for the course you have applied for if you already have one

Please submit all the required documents by email to

Applications close on 13 July 2018 at 17:00 Sri Lanka Standard Time.

Further information

For any enquiries, please contact