Commonwealth Summer School 2016 – Kigali, Rwanda (Bursaries Available)

Commonwealth Summer School 2016 – Kigali, Rwanda (Bursaries Available)

Deadline: March 31, 2016

Applications are open for the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Commonwealth Summer School taking place from 13th to 20th August, 2016 at the University of Rwanda in Kigali, Rwanda. The Summer School provides a forum for high quality students from every corner of the Commonwealth to come together and discuss multidisciplinary issues of global importance. It will focus on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and the role of universities in those aims.

Participants will spend the week working on a high-level group project, enabling delegates to begin building a personal and institutional contribution to the SDGs. The summer school will encompass the sub-themes of equality and gender, biodiversity, sustainable cities and conservation and development economics.


The School is open to students from all disciplines who are in their final year of an undergraduate degree (with the intention to go on to postgraduate studies) or undertaking Masters or doctoral level degrees at any university in a Commonwealth member state.

Students who have already attended a previous summer school are not eligible to attend.

Financial Costs

The cost of the summer school is £250 for students from ACU member institutions and £350 for students from other Commonwealth universities. This includes registration, accommodation (in same sex shared rooms), travel and transport during the summer school (but not travel to the summer school), all meals at the conference venue and airport transfer on arrival (limited availability) to the venue.


Bursaries are available, but only to candidates who are studying at ACU member institutions, who have not previously travelled outside their home region.

A limited number of both full and partial bursaries are available:

  • Full bursaries cover the programme registration fee, accommodation, return, flights to and from Rwanda, as well as most meals.
  • Partial bursaries cover the registration fee, accommodation, and most meals but excludes flights.

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted using the online form. You are required to attach one recent academic reference with your application.

For more information, visit Commonwealth Summer School 2016.