Commonwealth Scholarships

The UK’s development aid priorities are to transform lives for the better and to raise horizons, by fighting poverty, ending conflict, and promoting the values which sustain Britain’s democracy. Commonwealth Scholars are, across the world, leaders in this work.

Who we are

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) provides the main UK government scholarship scheme led by international development objectives. The CSC is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for International Development (DFID).

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What we do

To date, over 27,800 people have taken up Commonwealth Scholarships since the first group of 175 Scholars arrived in the UK in 1960. During those 6 decades, the scheme has constantly developed, adapting to the very different world of a 53-nation Commonwealth of 2019.

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Fascinating to hear from @hbaldwin and Rt Hon. the Lord Luce about life in the Commons and Lords at the #CSCParliamentaryEvent this afternoon, and @DrJoannaNewman on importance of #HigherEducation.

Thank you to all our speakers, we hope you enjoyed the event!

@commschols Superb introduction to the work of the @UKParliament today. Thanks @commschols for this insightful session and to have met and connected with MPs and representatives from @HouseofCommons and @UKHouseofLords #CSCParliamentaryEvent

Hearty Congratulations to this brilliant mind @YGadama who was to be graduating from @ucl with an MSc Stroke Medicine (Distinction) today. Keep raising the bar higher everytime my friend.

#UCLGrad #CommonwealthScholar

Many thanks to @tariqahmadbt for joining #CSCParliamentaryEvent today! Fantastic insights on his Ministerial role, working with the #Commonwealth and some wonderful personal anecdotes!

I am super excited to be attending the @commschols Parliamentary event for Commonwealth Scholars today.

Looking forward to an inspiring, engaging and informative experience hearing from distinguished speakers and scholars from the Commonwealth nations.

I'm honoured to be one of the Commonwealth Scholars invited to the #CSCParliamentaryEvent. It promises to be both informative and engaging. I'm really looking forward to it!!

Great to hear from @StephenTwigg, incoming Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, at #CSCParliamentaryEvent this afternoon.

We're excited about our Parliamentary event for #CommonwealthScholars at 2.15 pm (BST) today!

If you're registered to attend, send questions for our speakers to You can tag and tweet us using #CSCParliamentaryEvent

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Thanks to everyone at @commschols for your contributions and participation in the Social Institutions, Enterprises and Impact training session today! Lots of great input on plotting social organisations that link to your research.

See you next time!

Great hearing @commschols participants discuss the creation of social organisations around their research area for tackling social problems!

Addressing questions like "is your research area suited to a not-for-profit or social enterprise"... and more!

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