The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) is offering full scholarships to South African students to undertake full-time taught Master’s studies at a UK university.
Commonwealth Scholarship Commission UK (CSC) NRF Masters Scholarship 2022 for South Africans : Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at students who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.
Commonwealth Scholarship Commission
Candidates are selected on the basis of merit and their potential to contribute to the needs of their home countries.
Final selection of candidates will be made by the CSC.
Who can apply?
- Be a citizen and resident of South Africa;
- Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September 2022;
- By September 2022, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree (2:2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree);
- Must have attained an average mark of 70% or higher;
- Should have at least a four-year degree or an equivalent qualification, and you should meet the minimum requirements for your intended degree;
- Must have applied to an identified full time study programme at a UK university;
- Not to be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university or in your home country before September/October 2022;
- Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format, and
- Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship.
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 provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study.
Fields of Study
The scholarships are offered under six CSC development 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.
Visit https://cscuk.fcdo.gov.uk/csc-development-themes/ to read more about the development themes.
What the scholarship offers
- Airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependants, or the cost of journeys made before your award is confirmed);
- Tuition fees;
- Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,116 per month (R22 500), or £1,369 per month (R27 600) for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2021-2022 levels);
- Warm clothing allowance (where applicable);
- Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas;
- If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of £480 per month (R9700) for the first child, and £118 per month (R2400) for the second and third child under the age of 16, if you are accompanied by your children and they are living with you at the same address in the UK (rates quoted at 2020-2021 levels), and
- If you declare a disability, a full assessment of your needs and eligibility for additional financial support will be offered by the CSC.
Note: The CSC’s family allowances are intended to only be used as a contribution towards the cost of maintaining your family in the UK. The true costs are likely to be considerably higher. You must be able to supplement these allowances to support any family members who come to the UK with you.
Commonwealth Scholarship Commission UK (CSC) NRF Masters Scholarship 2022 for South Africans Application process
The Department is the Nominating Agency for South African citizens who wish to apply for the Commonwealth Scholarships tenable in the UK for the academic year commencing in September/October 2022.
Applications are strictly online via the CSC’s online application system.
The CSC and the Department will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the online application system.
The Department does not require any additional application documents to be submitted, and will only review applications submitted on the Commonwealth Scholarship online system.
Documents to support your application:
- A copy of your valid passport (or national ID card) showing your photograph, date of birth, and country of citizenship;
- Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications including to-date transcripts for any qualifications you are currently studying (with certified translations if not in English), and
- References from at least two individuals – submitted directly by the referees to the online application system (referees will be sent an email request to submit online).
Supporting documents must be submitted online by no later than 22 November 2021.
For further information about the programme please visit the https://cscuk.fcdo.gov.uk/, or direct your enquires to the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) by email at [email protected].