Commonwealth Scholarship 2024-2025

Country: Any Member country of Commonwealth

Program: Maters (Two year Program)

Sponsoring Agency: Queen Elizabeth & Commonwealth


The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships (QECS)  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. Each year there are two opportunities to apply for QECS – cycle 1 opens in November/December and cycle 2 opens in March/April. You only need to submit one application, but you are welcome to apply more than once if there is another country you are interested in studying in.


  • Fully-funded tuition fees
  • Living allowance (stipend) for duration of award
  • Return economy flights to host country
  • One-off arrival allowance
  • Research Support Grant (on request only; subject to approval)

Application Process:

  1. Look through the list of countries and universities hosting scholarships in this cycle.
  2. Visit the relevant university website for more information on your chosen course using the links included below.
  3. Complete and submit a QECS application for your chosen university/course by clicking the ‘Apply now’ button. Once you’ve clicked apply, you’ll be directed to a log in page. If you don’t already have a myACU account, click get ‘get started’ in the right hand corner of the page to start your application.
  4. Submit an application to your chosen university for admission to your chosen course.

List of Member Universities:

The Commonwealth association has over 400 member universities in more than 40 countries across the Commonwealth. 70% of our members are in low and middle income countries, and we are represented in more than 50% of Commonwealth large ocean states. For list of countries please visit the below link:

How to Apply:

The application form consists of the following sections:

  • Eligibility
  • Personal Details
  • Academic & Employment Record
  • Course at host university details
  • Statements
  • Upload supporting documents (including references)

1.Plan of Study: 

  • Why have you chosen to study this course? What specific features of the course do you find interesting? 
  • Why do you want to study at this university and in this country?
  • What have you done to research your chosen university? 
  • How is this course relevant to your future career plans?
  • Explain how your previous studies and experiences make you a suitable candidate for this course.

2:   Development impact and post study outreach:

  • Describe briefly one challenge or problem in your country that you would like to address. 
  • How will your proposed study help you to contribute a solution to this challenge?
  • What skills do you expect to gain from this scholarship?
  • How will you apply/share the knowledge and skills gained on award with your local community and/or the wider Commonwealth when you return home? (300-500 words)

Which of the UN Sustainable Development Goals does the subject you are studying most align to? (you can select a maximum of 3).

How will your proposed study contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal(s) you have selected above? (50-150 words)

3: Creating networks :

  • Explain how you have developed professional networks. These can be through academic studies, hobbies, work experience, volunteering, or involvement in social, cultural, or Commonwealth organisations.
  • How have you used the networks and connections that you have developed to achieve something? What did you achieve?
  • How might you develop these connections further during your international study experience? (200-400 words)


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