Commonwealth Scholarships
Looking for a cross-cultural scholarship to do your master's abroad, for free? Here's your chance. Source: Shutterstock

It’s good to know that despite all the uncertainties in the world today, international students still have opportunities to study abroad for free. On that note, the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships Scheme 2021/2022 is now open to all students in Commonwealth nations. Here’s what you need to know.

What is the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships Scheme?

Every year, students from Commonwealth countries get the unique opportunity to apply for this fully-funded scholarship scheme. Successful applicants get to study for a two-year master’s degree in a low-income or middle-income country of the Commonwealth. These Commonwealth scholarships are all about change; awarding a life-changing chance to students who are committed to creating change in their communities.

This opportunity promises more than cross-border academic collaboration. You will get to broaden your horizons in a new country, experience exciting cultural exchange, and build a global network that will last a lifetime. Choose from selected courses and universities in Bangladesh, eSwatini (Swaziland), Ghana, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Barbados, Jamaica, as well as Trinidad and Tobago.

Besides fully-funded tuition fees, scholars will also get a stipend throughout the duration of the award, as well as an arrival allowance. The scholarship also covers return economy flights to their host country. Students who require a research support grant may apply for one too, but it is subject to approval.

Am I eligible?

The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships are only available to graduate students from Commonwealth countries. You must apply for an award in a foreign country because this is an international programme.

How to apply?

You will be required to fill out an application form covering your eligibility, personal details, academic and employment record, and details of the course at the host university, as well as upload supporting documents. There is also a statement section, in which you need to provide statements on your plan of study, development impact, and post-study outreach, as well as creating networks.

There are two application cycles. Cycle 1 applicants start their courses between July and October and will receive the outcome of their application by July of the year of the award. Cycle 2 applicants start their courses in January or February and will receive their application outcome by October prior to the start of the award.

Applications are open from now until Jan. 18, 2021. Head over to the official website for more information.