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DEADLINE: 10January 2022

Applications are now open for the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships (QECS) - a unique opportunity to study a two-year Master’s degree in a low or middle-income Commonwealth country. Aimed at students who are committed to creating change in their communities, the scholarships are a life-changing opportunity to experience a new country and culture, to broaden horizons, and to build a global network that will last a lifetime. Through cultural exchange and academic collaboration, Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholars help bring about positive change and find solutions to the shared challenges we face.

How to apply

Before submitting an application, please:

  • Review the available courses and entry requirements below - in addition to the application guidance

  • Check that the course you are applying for is available at your selected university at the start of the form for your application to be counted. For more information, please read the FAQs.

  • Note that applicants are required to submit a university application at the same time as their scholarship application, unless stated otherwise

  • Applicants can't apply more than once to the same university. If applicants submit two applications for the same university, only the first application will be considered.


The selection committee assesses applications using four key criteria:

  • Academic history/references

  • Plan of Study

  • Development Impact and Post Study Outreach

  • Creating Networks

For an application to be considered for selection, applicants must ensure that:

  • Their personal statement is written clearly so that a non-specialist can understand what the aims of the research are and how they will be implemented

  • They clearly outline why they are applying to the courses and institutions listed on their application form. You must tailor these answers to each institution – if you write the same answer for each course/institution or copy and paste text from university websites, then your application will not be considered.

  • They meet all the eligibility requirements for their chosen university course, including having the necessary work experience

  • Two referees are identified and references are provided– references should be detailed and include the content outlined on the application form

  • Include full details about marks/grades gained for particular degrees. Applicants are strongly encouraged to ensure that full supporting documentation is provided at the time of application, in the form of an official transcript.


Award recipients receive:

  • Fully-funded tuition fees

  • Living expenses allowance (stipend) for duration of award

  • Return economy flights to their host country

  • An arrival allowance

  • Research support grant – on request only; subject to approval


Can I apply for a QECS in my home country/country of citizenship?

No. Applicants must apply for a QECS award in a country other than their home country/country of citizenship. This means citizens of Eswatini are not eligible to apply for this scholarship to study at UNESWA.

My country is not showing in the drop down list of the application form, why is this?

Applicants cannot apply for an award in their home country/country of citizenship as this is an international programme. If you are attempting to apply for a QECS in a university in your home country you will not find your country in the drop down and should consider applying for an award in another country.

Is there an age limit for QECS awards?

No. There is no upper age limit to be eligible for a QECS Award.

Can I apply for a QECS in the final year of my undergraduate degree?

No. You must have already completed your degree and have graduated with an equivalent of a 2:1 at the time of application. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide a copy of your final transcript and degree certificate.

I have started a course but am unable to pay for the fees, can I apply for a QECS to pay the fees?

No. QECS awards are only for new students and cannot be used to fund a course that has already been started.

Can I submit more than one QECS application?

As QECS awards can be held in a variety of Commonwealth Countries, you can submit more than one application as long as they are for different host countries/universities.

Do I need to have been accepted onto a course before I apply for a QECS Scholarship?

No. However, you are encouraged to apply for your chosen course of study before or at the same time as applying for a QECS award.

Do I need to apply for admission to my chosen university course separately to the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship application?

Yes. You will need to submit an application for admission to your chosen university course directly to the university in addition to completing a QECS application.


Available courses: MSc, MEd, MFA, MA, MCOMM, MBA, MPA, MPH, LLM and MPHIL courses.

Entry requirements: Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognised institution in the relevant field of study.

For questions about courses, please contact:

Available courses:

Master Of Applied Linguistics MA Entrepreneurship MBA Master of Business Administration Master of Construction Project Management Master of Musical Arts in Composition Or Performance Master Of Music in Music Education Or African Music Studies MPhil Applied Parasitology MPH Master Of Public Health MSc Electrical And Electronics Engineering MSc Applied Parasitology MSc Applied Statistics MSc Community Nutrition MSc Computational Chemistry MSc Event Management MSc Forensic Biochemistry MSc Hospitality Management MSc Information And Knowledge Management MSc International Relations MSc Mathematical Statistics MSc Mathematics MSc Medical Laboratory Sciences MSc Medical Physics MSc Physics MSc Tourism Management MSc Land Administration MTech Applied Entomology MTech Applied Parasitology MTech Communication And Computer Networks MTech Computer Technology MTech Environmental Resource Management MTech Petroleum Chemical Technology MTech Mechanical Engineering Technology

Entry requirements: See website

Available courses:

MA Anthropology MA Communication Studies MA Diplomacy MA Economic Policy Management MA Economics MA Gender And Development Studies MA International Relations MA International Studies MA Medical Sociology MA Monitoring And Evaluation MA Political Science And Public Administration MA Population MA Sociology (Criminology And Social Order) MA Sociology (Disaster Management) MA Sociology (Rural Sociology And Community Development) MA Women, Leadership And Governance In Africa Masters of Research And Public Policy MPA Master of Public Administration MSc Health Economics And Policy MSc Population

Entry requirements: See website

Available courses:

Master of Public Health (MPH) - one year full-time programme

Entry requirements:

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree with:

  • At least a second class or 50%, whichever is applicable or;

  • A GPA not less than 2.5 out of 4 or equivalent, from a recognised higher education institution or;

  • Alternative qualifications acceptable to the University of Mauritius

For medically qualified applicants: MBBS, MBChB or equivalent.

For non-medically qualified applicants:

  • An upper second class degree or equivalent or a BDS degree and two years of experience in public health, health promotion, health administration, occupational and environmental health experience, clinical research or other health- related fields or;

  • Alternative qualifications acceptable to the University of Mauritius

Suitable candidates should have a strong academic record with adequate quantitative skills and a background in medicine, health sciences, biological sciences or environmental sciences.

For questions about courses, please contact:

Available courses:

MA Development Studies MA Genocide Studies And Prevention MA Peace Studies And Conflict Transformation MA Security Studies MA Translation And Interpreting Master In Field Epidemiology And Laboratory Management Master Of Hospital And Healthcare Administration Master Of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Quality Assurance And Quality Control Master Of Social Sciences In Gender And Development Master Of Social Sciences In Local Governance Studies Masters In Business Law Masters In International Climinal Justice And The Law Of Human Rights MEd Biology Education MEd Chemistry Education MEd Curriculum and Instructions MEd Educational Leadership and Management MEd English Education MEd French Education MEd Kinyarwanda Education MEd Kiswahili Education MEd Mathematics Education MEd Physics Education MEd Special Needs Education MPhil Public Health MSc Accounting MSc Agribusiness MSc Agriculture Engineering With Specialisation In Soil And Water Engineering MSc Agroforestry And Soil Management MSc Animal Production MSc Clinical Psychology And Therapeutics MSc Crop Science MSc Data Science In Actuarial Science MSc Data Science In Biostatistics MSc Data Science In Data Minings MSc Data Science In Demography MSc Data Science In Econometrics MSc Economics MSc Epidemiology MSc Field Epidemilogy MSc Health Informatics MSc Health Supply Chain Management MSc Nursing (8 Speciality Tracks: Critical Care And Trauma, Paediatric, Medical Surgical, Nephrology, MSc Psychiatry MSc Public Health MSc Regulatory Economics and Competition Policy

For questions about courses, please contact:

Available courses:

MSc Natural Resource management and climate change MSc Chemistry MA Youth and Gender Development

For questions about courses, please contact:

Available courses:

MA Economic Policy Management MA Gender Studies Master of Public Health (Full time) Master of Statistics MSc Agribusiness Management MSc Agricultural and applied Economics MSc Civil Engineering MSc Crop Science MSc Food Safety and Quality Management MSc Geo-Information Science and Technology MSc Immunology and Clinical Microbiology MSc Plant Breeding and Seed Systems MSc Population and reproductive health MSc Renewable Energy

For questions about courses, please contact:

OTHER ELIGIBLE COURSES ARE IN: Barbados, West Indies, Pakistan, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago.


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