The Education Ministry is inviting applications for the ‘2024 Commonwealth Master’s scholarship tenable in the United Kingdom.’ These scholarships are available for full-time master’s degree courses at UK universities, starting in September or October 2024. The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC), UK, offers these scholarships. According to the official release from the ministry, the deadline for submitting online applications is October 17, 2023. Interested students need to submit their applications through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s online application system (OAS) as well as on the Education Ministry’s Sakshat portal.
The scholarship covers six developmental themes:
- Science and technology for development
- Strengthening health systems and capacity
- Promoting global prosperity
- Strengthening global peace, security, and governance
- Strengthening resilience and response to crises
- Access, inclusion, and opportunity
- The applicant must be a citizen of India.
- The applicant must be a permanent resident of India.
- By September 2023, applicants should have:
- A first-class degree with at least 60% marks in graduation, or a second-class degree with 50-59% marks in graduation, along with a relevant Master’s degree.
“The CSC would not normally fund a second UK master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK master’s degree, you will need to justify why you wish to undertake this study,” an official statement from the ministry reads.
It further states that the MBA programme is not covered under this scholarship.
“Candidates who were abroad for studies, training, or specialization, whether on scholarships or on their own, for a period over six months can apply if they have been in India for at least two consecutive years as of November 25, 2023, following their return from abroad,” the release says.
To be considered for this scholarship, candidates must already hold an admission offer from a UK university affiliated with the CSC for the September/October 2024 intake.
According to the education ministry, 39 nominations will be made to the CSC for the scholarship. “Nomination does not mean selection for the scholarship. The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission will make a decision to select students for this scholarship,” it says. The deadline for submitting nominations is December 12, 2023.