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Commonwealth Split PhD Scholarship for UNESWA




Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships are for PhD candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, to spend up to 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country, i.e. University of Eswatini. Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK. These scholarships are offered under six themes:


1. Science and technology for development

2. Strengthening health systems and capacity

3. Promoting global prosperity

4. Strengthening global peace, security and governance

5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises

6. Access, inclusion and opportunity


PhD students at the University of Eswatini can spend 12 months of their doctoral studies from October 2020 with one of over 50 universities in the UK.  The scholarship includes:


1. Tuition fees

2. Airfare

3. Monthly living allowance of E20,000

4. Warm clothing allowance if applicable

5. Additional financial support for disability


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. Funding will not be extended to enable candidates to complete a qualification in addition to or higher than that for which the selection was made nor for study towards a PhD at a UK institution. Awards are made in respect of full-time study only and no other course of study may be undertaken at the same time.


How To Apply

Your must make your application directly to the CSC using the CSC’s online application system. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the online application system. You are not required to apply via a nominating body for these scholarships. Only one application per applicant for these scholarships will be accepted.

Your application must be submitted by 16:00 (GMT) on 06 November 2019 at the latest. Your application must include the following supporting documentation by 16:00 (GMT) on 27 November 2019


● Proof of citizenship or refugee status: copy of your valid passport (or national ID card) showing your photograph, date of birth, and country of citizenship or refugee status– uploaded to the online application system

● 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) – uploaded to the online application system

● Supporting statement from your supervisor at your home country university, including details of current institutional links, submitted directly by your supervisor to the online application system (supervisors will be sent an email request).

● Supporting statement from your proposed supervisor at a UK university, including details of current institutional links, submitted directly by your supervisor to the online application system (supervisors will be sent an email request).

● Reference from at least one other individual – submitted directly by the referee to the online application system (referees will be sent an email request)


More info: http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/split-site-scholarships-low-middle-income-countries/


Whatsapp: +268 76260618

P.O. Box 9671, Mbabane, Kingdom of Eswatini

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