Who doesn’t dream to study in international universities? Nevertheless, it is a dream for many to study abroad whilst hoping to create a better future. However, not everyone can go overseas for studies and that too on their own.

Where there are some facing financial issues there are also few who are simply out of luck or, at times, even out of guidance. Whichever may the case be, to ease the pain; there are many renowned international universities or podiums where it is effortlessly possible to apply for quality education with even better resources through Scholarships.

Luckily for us, there are many popular institutions and platform providing aid to students who want to avail the opportunity to educate themselves with the resources offered internationally. Few of the most popular are as follows;

All of the mentioned scholarships programs are not only famous in Pakistan but are also known all over the world for the depth pitched in their scholarship programs. These platforms not only offer one but many types of scholarships for graduate and post-graduate students along with the specification of programs allotted for each country.

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All the above mentioned scholarship programs are furnished with extreme detail in hopes to cater all sorts of students with all sorts of demands. It’s only fair if we discuss each of them separately whilst providing all the required facts needed to know and apply for these scholarships. However, in this article we’d only be discussing Commonwealth Scholarship programs and would be extending our article into few more to give you details on the remaining scholarship programs available out there.

Commonwealth Scholarship, UK

It is one of the highly searched and applied for scholarship programs. It provides as many as 800 scholarships and fellowships each year for the postgraduate study and also for the professional development to commonwealth citizens.

The purpose is to extend the horizon for the development of the overseas interests and relationship and also to sustain the principles of the commonwealth. Surely, it is happy news for those who want to study in the UK; nevertheless let’s have a glance at the scholarship programs offered for Pakistani students.

Commonwealth Scholarship for Pakistani Citizens

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There are many masters and PhD scholarships available for intelligent and worthy Pakistanis in hoped to give a positive boost to their educational career along with validating a promising professional journey too. Following the scholarships for which Pakistani students are eligible;

Commonwealth PhD Scholarships

Full-time doctorate degree at UK University for the applicants belonging to, low and middle-income, commonwealth countries.

Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships

For PhD candidates from, low and middle-income, commonwealth countries to spent up to 12 months at a UK university as a part of their doctoral at their home country.

Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships

For candidates from low and middle-income Commonwealth countries, for full-time Master’s study at a UK university

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

Full-time masters study for selected courses for candidates from least developed, low, and lower middle-income Commonwealth countries.

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships

Part-time Master’s study by distance learning on selected courses offered by UK universities (For candidates from least developed, low, and lower middle-income Commonwealth countries)

Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowships

One or two years’ postdoctoral research at a UK university for skilled researchers from Commonwealth countries, for

Commonwealth Medical Fellowships

To enhance the clinical skills for applicants belonging to mid-career medical staff from low and middle-income countries,

How to Apply for the Commonwealth Scholarship – The Imperative Question

While it is important to know which scholarship programs are available in CSC it is also imperative to be acquainted with the process through which you can apply for these programs. So, let me guide you!

First and foremost, it is important to know that all the applicants need to apply online or through Electronic Application System (EAS) for the Commonwealth scholarships. While fulfilling the application form you must have the details on following points;

Nominating Agencies

These are the organizations which can recommend one or more applicants or can bid for funding for the Commonwealth Scholarships or Fellowships, including;

  • National Agency
  • University in the commonwealth country
  • UK-based organization
  • Any department of the UK Organization
  • UK University
  • Any department of a UK University.
  • Advisers

Anyone appointed by the nominating agency to put light on the quality of the applications and deduce advice.

Referees

A reference contact provided by the applicant.

Potential Supervisors

Academics at the UK University who might supervise the proposed PhD study.

Eligibility – Know if you can apply

Of course, like any university, scholarship providing institution devise an eligibility criteria for the applicants making sure that they are truly deserving for the scholarship. So, CSC has also formed a criteria for each of the programs that it offers. Let’s have a look.

For Commonwealth PhD Scholarships

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2018
  • By October 2018, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
  • NOT be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university before September/October 2018
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

For Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships

Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person

  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Be registered for a PhD at a university in your home country by the time your scholarship is confirmed. Your final qualification will be awarded by your home country university (not your proposed UK university). This scholarship will not support your period of study at your home country university.
  • Ensure that an institutional or departmental link exists between your home university and your proposed UK university. This link must be greater than simply a collaboration between individuals.
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2018
  • By October 2018, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honors standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

For Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2018
  • By October 2018, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

Moreover, the other scholarship does not possess criteria rather it withholds beneficiary who are eligible to apply for such Scholarships like;

For Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

High-quality postgraduate students who have not studies earlier in abroad having  the potential to enhance the development of their home countries with the knowledge and leadership skills they acquire.

For Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships

High-quality postgraduate students who wish to access training not available in their home countries, wishing to stay in their home country while they study, inculcating the potential to enhance the development of their home countries with the knowledge and leadership skills they acquire.

For Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowships

Highly skilled and highly motivated PhD graduates having an innovative proposed research topic expected to impact beyond the academic community and build research collaboration between the UK and other Commonwealth countries.

For Commonwealth Medical Fellowships

Commonwealth Medical Fellowships (Enhancing Clinical Skills) are offered for mid-career medical staff from low and middle-income Commonwealth countries with the aim to contribute in the UK’s international development and extended overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education while sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.

We hope that the article contains all the information that you wanted and brings everything together at one place. However, this isn’t all; stay tuned and learn about other scholarships programs mentioned at the start of the article and keep visiting AvvaaZ. Moreover, do check our article on the Top 10 Universities in Pakistan; and enlighten yourself with the options available.

Source of information: CSC UK

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