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Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships

Deadline: 10 June 2021

Applications for the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships (QECS) are now open. The scholarships offer 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 – 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 below - 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.


The University of the South Pacific (USP)

  • LLM Law

  • MA Applied Linguistics

  • MA Development Studies (by thesis or SRP*)

  • MA Diplomacy & International Affairs (by coursework)

  • MA Education

  • MA Environmental Management

  • MA Geography

  • MA Governance (by coursework & by thesis or SRP*)

  • MA History

  • MA Journalism

  • MA Linguistics

  • MA Literature

  • MA Marine Management

  • MA Mathematics

  • MA Pacific Studies

  • MA Politics/ International Affairs (by thesis or SRP*)

  • MA Psychology

  • MA Social Policy

  • MA Sociology

  • Master of Agriculture (Thesis)

  • Master of Business Administration

  • Master of Education

  • Master of Environmental Law

  • MCom Accounting (Thesis)

  • MCom Economics (by coursework or by thesis)

  • MCom Land Management (by thesis or SRP*)

  • MCom Management & Public Administration (by coursework & by thesis or SRP

  • MCom Official Statistics

  • MCom Population Studies and Demography

  • MCom Professional Accounting

  • MCom Tourism & Hospitality Management (by thesis or SRP)

  • MSc Engineering

  • MSc Physics

  • MSc Biology

  • MSc Chemistry

  • MSc Climate Change

  • MSc Computing Science

  • MSc Earth Science

  • MSc Environmental Science

  • MSc Geospatial Science

  • MSc Information Systems

  • MSc Marine Science

  • MSc Mathematics

Entry requirements

See university website for individual course requirements.


Papua New Guinea University of Technology

  • MSc Agriculture

  • MSc Applied Physics

  • MTech Exploration Geophysics

  • Master of Communication Studies

  • MEng Civil Engineering

  • MEng Communication Engineering

  • MEng Mechanical Engineering


North West University

  • MSc Astrophysics*

  • MSc Environmental Science*

  • MSc Chemistry*

  • MSc Pharmacology

  • MSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry

  • MSc Pharmaceutics

  • M in Industrial Engineering

  • MA History

  • MA Music

  • MA Social Anthropology

  • MA Development Studies

  • MA International Relations

Entry requirements

*Physics, chemistry and maths required.

Applicants are required to submit a university application at the same time as their scholarship application.

Rhodes University

All Faculties, full-time two-year Masters courses at Rhodes University, Makhanda.

Entry requirements

Honours degree or equivalent.

Applicants are required to submit a university application at the same time as their scholarship application.

Stellenbosch University

  • MSc Engineering (Process Engineering)

  • MSc Psychology

  • MSc Psychiatry

Applicants are required to submit a university application at the same time as their scholarship application.

Entry requirements

Refer to the Stellenbosch University website.

University of Pretoria (UP)

Courses available on UP's website.

Applicants are required to submit a university application before their scholarship application.

Entry requirements

Honours degree or equivalent.

Contact information found on UP's website under each faculty.

University of Venda

  • Health and Life Sciences

  • Physical Sciences and Mathematical Sciences

  • Human and Social SciencesManagement Sciences and Law

  • Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

  • Education

  • Entry requirements

Minimum 60% average at Honours level for admission in Masters degree.


University of Colombo

  • MSc Molecular Life Sciences

  • MSc Cellular and Molecular Immunology

Entry requirements

Applicant must be graduates in subjects relating to biology, medicine (western), dentistry, veterinary science or agricultural sciences. There is a cost associated with this test that will not be covered by the ACU. QECS applicants are eligible for a 50% discount and will need to pay USD 15. Contact the University of Colombo if you have any questions.

  • Master of Business Administration

Applicants are required to submit a university application at the same time as their scholarship application, as well as an online selection test.

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree and three years of managerial experience.


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