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commonwealth scholarship overview

The common wealth scholarship program is an initiative for the students from the common wealth countries who belong to low and mid income families who generally cannot afford to study abroad.The scholarship is aided by the Department for International Development of United Kingdom for exceptionally talented students to pursue their higher studies in country like United Kingdom amongst the world class facilities.

This scholarship is mainly aimed at skill development for such students for development who belong to common wealth nation like Pakistan. The duration of this scholarship is one year for masters and two years for PhD.

programs offered by commonwealth scholarship

The scholarship focuses mainly on sustainable development of such students who are in dire need of financial aid in order to study in United Kingdom.

 

Courses

                The scholarship is provided under the following six schemes:

  1. Strengthening global peace, security and governance.

  2. Access, inclusion and opportunity.

  3. Science and technology for development.

  4. Promoting global prosperity.

  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises.

  6. Strengthening health systems and capacity.

 

Programs Offered:

List of Programs

 

Level:

Masters and PhD

 

Host Country:

United Kingdom.

 

Host institute:

The list of institutes.

 

benefits of commonwealth scholarship for Pakistani students

  • Tuition fees

  • Airfare for home country to UK and return.

  • Stipend amount of £1,084 or £1,330 per month.

  • The Pakistani student is provided with warm cloth allowance.

  • Grants for study related travel.

  • Allowance to visit home during mid-term.

  • £233 per month spouse allowance.

  • £465 per month child allowance.

 

eligibility criteria for Pakistani students of commonwealth scholarship

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • The student must be a citizen of Pakistan or AJK.

  • The student must be serving as a professor at an HEC recognized university and have an experience of 1 year for the same.

  • The Pakistani student should not have been a student of the same level in UK before.

  • The Pakistani student is required to be under one of the themes.

  • The Pakistani student must be available before the academic year of UK that is September /October of the year.

  • The Pakistani student must not be registered at a UK university for masters and PhD.

  • The PhD Pakistani applicant must have a first class in their academics.

  • The Pakistani student must not have a third division in any of their academic year and a second division is spared for about two years not more than that.

  • The Pakistani student must not be financially able to support their education in UK.

 

how Pakistani students can apply for commonwealth scholarship

 

The Pakistani student needs to apply both on common wealth website and the HEC website and if Pakistani student failed to do so they will not be considered for the scholarship. The following documents need to be uploaded and the procedure needs to be followed.

 

Documents Needed

  1. HEC online application form by applying online on their online portal.

  2. Common wealth online application form for Masters and PhD.

  3. A citizenship proof that is a passport issued by the GOV of Pakistan.

  4. Letter of reference from two people.

  5. Detailed academic record, all the transcripts being verified by the HEC Pakistan.

  6. Statement of purpose.

  7. Equivalence for a foreign degree.

  8. Copies of CNIC.

  9. Domicile certificate.

  10. Study and research plan.

 

Application Procedure

  1. The common wealth UK does not accept direct applications, the Pakistani student must apply beforehand at HEC.

  2. The HEC conducts an interview and a test for all the shortlisted candidates.

  3. The HEC can disqualify a candidate in case of false information.

  4. All the documentation must be completed at HEC and commonwealth in due time till the deadline.

  5. The HEC selects equal proportion of male and female.

 

Deadlines and Dates:

Common wealth application forms is:

20 November.

HEC forms is:

4 October. 

 

Number of scholarships:

80.

 

faq commonwealth for Pakistani students

Question 1

Can a Pakistani student apply for the commonwealth scholarship?

Answer:

Yes a Pakistani student can apply for the scholarship.

Question 2

Can a Pakistani student directly apply at the common wealth website?

Answer:

No commonwealth has established nominal institutions in the common wealth nations and in Pakistan it is Higher education commission.

Question 3

Does HEC do the selection for the commonwealth?

Answer:

No in Pakistan the HEC is just a platform but the main selection is done only by the Commonwealth.

Question 4

Is there a possibility a male will be given priority over a female?

Answer:

No male and female are given equal opportunity.

Question 5

Will the scholarship cover all sorts of allowances?

Answer:

Yes the scholarship covers almost all sorts of allowances.

Question 6

Can a Pakistani student already studying in a university in UK apply for the scholarship?

Answer:

No the student is not eligible.

Question 7

Can a Pakistani student send in applications directly?

Answer:

No the applications must be submitted by online application systems.

Question 8

Can a Pakistani student seek admission in any university under this scholarship?

Answer:

No there are specific institutions that come under the provisions of the scholarship, the list has been provided above.

Question 9

Does the Pakistani student need to give English proficiency tests for the scholarship?

Answer:

No the scholarship does not need that but a Pakistani student who would be wanting to study abroad must appear in tests as TOEFEL, IELTS & GRE as they are compulsory for most of the institutes.

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