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Applications are now open for the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships (QECS). QECS offers a unique opportunity to study a two-year Master’s degree in a low or middle-income Commonwealth country. This scholarship is 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 – both in their home countries and those that host them. As an active part of the Commonwealth network, scholars will help shape its future.

Before submitting an application, please review the available courses and entry requirements on the application link - in addition to the application guidance. Please select a course that is offered at the university you select at the start of the form for your application to be counted. For more information, please read the FAQs.


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

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.


North West University

  • MA Positive Psychology

  • Master of Consumer Sciences

  • Master of Health Sciences in Cardiovascular Physiology

  • Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Psychology

  • Master of Health Sciences in Counselling Psychology

  • Master of Health Sciences in Health Professions Education

  • Master of Health Sciences in Human Movement Sciences

  • Master of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene

  • Master of Health Sciences in Psychology

  • Master of Health Sciences in Recreation Science

  • Master of Health Sciences in Research Psychology

  • Master of Health Sciences in Transdisciplinary Health Promotion

  • Master of Nursing Science

  • Master of Social Work

  • Master of Social Work in Child Protection

  • Master of Social Work in Forensic Practice

  • MPharm Pharmacy Practice

  • MSc Dietetics

  • MSc Nutrition

  • MSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry

  • MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • MSc Pharmaceutics

  • MSc Pharmacology

Rhodes University

  • MSc Science courses

  • MA Humanities courses

  • MCOM Commerce courses

  • LLM Law

  • MPharm Pharmacy

  • Masters Education

University of Johannesburg

  • Health and Life Sciences

  • Physical Sciences

  • Engineering and Mathematics Accountancy and Finance

  • Social sciences

  • Arts and Humanities

Stellenbosch University

  • MEng in Chemical Engineering

  • MPhil Paediatrics

  • MPhil Infectious Diseases

University of Pretoria

  • Master Research courses and not coursework

University of Venda

  • Health sciences

  • Management, Commerce and Law

  • Humanities, Social Science and Education

  • Science, Engineering and Agriculture

There is no upper age limit for this scholarship. All applicants 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. This scholarship is for 2-year masters degrees only; undergraduate and phd studies are not eligible. 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. Academic references are advised, these are usually referees who have taught you or worked with you throughout your academic career. However if you are unable to obtain academic references we would advise that you use professional referees that are able to write you references demonstrating the points outlined on the application form.


The scholarship application form consists of the following sections:

  • Eligibility

  • Personal Details

  • Academic & Employment Record

  • Course at host university details

  • Statements

  • Upload supporting documents

The statement section is formed of three main statements (essays) which applicants need to provide:

  • Statement 1: plan of study

  • Statement 2: development impact and post study impact

  • Statement 3: creating networks

In addition, 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. As some university application cycles will open after the QECS award applications close, you do not need to have secured an offer and received an offer letter at your chosen institution at the time of submitting your QECS application. Please note that The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships at X university webpage will indicate whether you will have to apply to the university at the same time (or after) the QECS application deadline.


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