The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship is a fully funded master’s program awarded to Commonwealth citizens to study at leading universities in low or middle income Commonwealth countries. This year, due to COVID-19, the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship will give scholars the opportunity to study at Fiji National University through distance learning.
So, what else do students earn under the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship?
Developing new skills, obtaining an international qualification and experiencing life in a completely new environment are all benefits of this programme. Students who are deeply committed to making a difference in their communities, expanding their horizons and building global networks for life, have a chance to win this award.
If you think you can be a researcher to create positive change in the world and find solutions to global challenges, here’s what you need to know to apply:
Who can apply for the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship?
If you are a citizen (or hold refugee status) in a Commonwealth country, you are welcome to apply. You must apply for the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship in a country other than your own.
There is no age limit to be eligible for this award but you must have completed your undergraduate degree and as part of the process you will be required to submit your final transcript. This award is intended for new students only and cannot be used to fund a course that has already started.
Do I need to take an English language test?
This depends on the university of your choice and its admission location on whether you need results for the rest of the English language. If English is not your first language but all your studies are taught in English, it will depend on your institution as it varies. If you cannot find information on their admission website, it is best to contact the university directly.
What does the scholarship cover?
If you are a successful applicant, the scholarship will cover all tuition fees, living expenses, return economy trips to the host country, an arrival allowance and a research support grant (on request only).
Your allowance, if approved, will be mentioned in your award letter. You also have the opportunity to obtain funding for purposes not covered by the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship but you need to obtain permission from the Commission.
What do I need to know about visas and travel?
Your flights will not be booked by the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Scheme (CSFP) unit until you confirm receipt of the visa to the host country. You also won’t be able to get reimbursed for flights booked independently, so be sure to wait for the CSFP module to do so.
For the visa process, you will need to request support from the host university because different countries have different immigration processes.
Application guide and data
The Application deadline For the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship for the next year is January 10, 2022. However, before applying, be sure to check the available courses, admission requirements and Create a MyACU account Where the application is done entirely online.
You will need to fill in your personal details, your academic and employment history, your course in the uni host details and the required data and documents. The three main phrases can be divided as follows:
Phrase 1: Study plan in 200 to 400 words.
Here, you should answer why you chose to study your course and what you find interesting in it. Also, don’t forget to include your reason for choosing the organization and country.
Additionally, include your research for your chosen university and how this course relates to your future career plans. You should add how your studies and previous experience make you stand out in your course of study.
Phrase 2: The impact of development and awareness after studying in 300 to 500 words
In this statement, you should share why you are committed to making a difference in your community and how you plan to develop your knowledge and skills so that you can contribute to solutions to global challenges that include the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
This letter should include a challenge in your country that you would like to address, a proposed study, what skills you expect to gain from the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship and how you will use them when you return home.
The last part should consist of 150 to 200 words describing the UN Sustainable Development Goal with which you align so much and how your proposed study will help in its resolution.
Phrase 3: Create grids in 200 to 400 words.
Communication is essential in today’s world and that’s why your last statement needs to explain how relationships are built through academic studies, hobbies, work experience, or volunteer experience.
You need to describe how your connections and networks will help you make an impact with the program and how you plan to develop them during your studies.