Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Application period opens
Thursday 3 November 2022
Application period closes
This scholarship deadline has now passed (Tuesday 13 December 2022)

The Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are a joint initiative between the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (with funding from FCDO) and UK universities, to support scholarships for students from low and middle income Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK.

The Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are offered on an annual basis for full-time postgraduate Masters study only.

Value of award (per year)

Includes tuition fees, inward and homeward airfares, monthly stipend, arrival allowance, thesis grant and a study travel grant. 

See CSSS website for full award details.

Duration of award

This award is available for 1 year of postgraduate study.

At what stage of my course application can I apply for this scholarship?

We recommend applying for your course at the University of St Andrews before you apply for the scholarship via the Commonwealth online application system. See 'How to apply' section for full details.

Application restrictions

Study level

Available to students studying at:



Available to students studying:

MSc Health Data Science, MSc Sustainable Development, MLitt Terrorism and Political Violence

Domicile for fee status



Available to faculty members from:

Graduate School, International Relations

Available to

Prospective students

Mode of study

Full time

Geographical criteria

Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon, Dominica, Eswatini, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldive Islands, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, St Helena, Sri Lanka, St Lucia, St Vincent, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia

Additional criteria

See CSSS website for full eligibility criteria.

How to apply

  1. Apply for postgraduate study at the University of St Andrews.
  2. Apply for the scholarship on the CSSS website using the online application system.

Full details about the application process may be found on the CSSS website.

Please note that we may not be able to consider your application if you have not applied for a place on an eligible course by the time of the internal selection process (starting mid-January 2023), so it is very important that you apply for your chosen course, including all required supporting documents, as soon as possible. However, you do not need to have accepted your place before applying for the scholarship. If you decide to decline your place you must inform the University of St Andrews as soon as possible.

You are advised to complete and submit your application on the Commonwealth online application system as soon as possible, as the online application system will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline. Full details about the application process and documents required may be found on the CSSS website.

Terms and conditions

See CSSS website for full terms and conditions of this scholarship.

Please read the University of St Andrews scholarships terms and conditions

When will I know the outcome?

You will be notified of the result of your application by June 2023.