2014 Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships – Apply now!

2014 Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships – Apply now!

Deadline: May 31, 2014

Interested applicants are invited to apply for the 2014 Commonwealth Distant Learning Scholarship. The scholarships support candidates to study Master’s degree courses that are either offered in partnership with universities in developing countries, or delivered directly by UK institutions.

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships provide the opportunity for individuals to study for a UK Master’s degree while living and working in their home country. The scheme was established in 2002, as a direct response to the measures taken by our funder, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), to explore new methods of delivery as part of the drive for poverty reduction.

2014 Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are being offered for the following Master’s courses.


To be eligible for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship, candidates should:

  • Be Commonwealth citizens of a developing Commonwealth country, refugees, or British protected persons
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
  • Normally hold a first degree of upper second-class standard, or higher qualification. In certain cases, we will consider a lower qualification and sufficient relevant experience


  • The CSC may require candidates to undertake the cademic IELTS English language test as a condition of eligibility.
  • Candidates should check with the UK institution/provider whether this requirement applies to them. If selected, candidates will be required to show the CSC a certificate confirming a total overall score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS scale.
  • The CSC will only accept a certificate from a test taken up to one year prior to the start date of the course.


There are three criteria against which Expressions of Interest and proposals will be considered:

  • The quality of the course, including whether the Expression of Interest/proposal has institutional endorsement, the Quality Assurance record, and the track record for delivery of the course through the medium of distance learning.
  • The learning opportunities provided for developing country students, including whether the course takes into account appropriate use of technology, whether course providers can identify a target audience of potential applicants and recruit them successfully, and the factors likely to affect candidates’ successful completion of their studies.
  • The development impact of the course of study, including how the course content can be applied to the Millennium Development Goals, and the subsequent career patterns of course alumni.

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