The Commonwealth Academic Fellowships are offered for early career academics from developing Commonwealth countries to spend between three and ten months at any approved UK university or higher education institution. Applications must include a justification for the length of award requested.
The purpose of the Commonwealth Academic Fellowship is to provide early career academics with the opportunity to plan, conduct, or write research, to encourage applications from universities where capacity building is a priority, and to enhance knowledge, skills and contacts in Fellows’ given disciplines.
Applications are welcome from the many different races and origins that comprise the Commonwealth’s rich variety of cultures, traditions and institutions.
To apply for a Commonwealth Academic Fellowship, candidates should:
The CSC promotes equal opportunity, gender equity, and cultural exchange. Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates.
Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:
Citizen and permanent residents of developing Commonwealth countries. See full list of eligible countries
Approved UK universities or higher education institutions. See full list of nominating universities/research institutes
Fields of study
All courses of study are eligible
Awards are tenable for three to ten months
Each fellowship provides:
Method of Application
If you have previously held a Commonwealth PhD Scholarship funded by the CSC and meet the eligibility criteria for these fellowships, you can apply directly to the CSC.
Selected universities are also invited to nominate their own academic staff. If you are employed by one of these universities, you must apply via that institution in the first instance. You must check with your nominating university for their specific advice and rules for applying, and for their own closing date for applications.
You must make your application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS). Visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information and to begin your application.
All applications must be submitted via the EAS by 23.59 (GMT) on 15 November 2016at the latest. The deadline for nominating universities to submit nominations to the CSC is 13 December 2016.
You must provide supporting documentation (References from at least two individuals, Certificate confirming the award of your PhD, and Supporting statement from your proposed supervisor in the UK) to be received by the CSC by 6 January 2017 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration.
Your application must be endorsed by the Vice-Chancellor or Executive Head of the university that employs you. Unless you previously held a Commonwealth PhD Scholarship funded by the CSC, the CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via a nominating university.
You are advised to complete and submit your application as soon as possible, as the EAS will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline.
These fellowships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.
Application Deadline: 15 November 2016
Open to International students: Yes