Scholarships and Fellowships

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) provides the main UK government scholarship scheme led by international development objectives. The CSC Scholarships and Fellowships combine sustainable development with the UK national interest, by supporting innovators and leaders of the future from across the Commonwealth and attracting outstanding talent to the UK’s universities. To date, over 30,000 people have taken up a Commonwealth Scholarship since the first group of 175 Scholars arrived in the UK in 1960.


Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships are aimed at empowering future leaders across the Commonwealth to act as catalysts for sustainable development by actively supporting candidates of outstanding ability, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, based in low and middle-income countries. They are intended to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and are awarded under 6 CSC development themes:

  • Science and technology for development
  • Strengthening health systems and capacity
  • Promoting global prosperity
  • Strengthening global peace, security and
  • governance
  • Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  • Access, inclusion and opportunity

What do Commonwealth Scholarships Offer:

  • Fully funded study at a UK Institution
  • Visa and travel costs for awardees travelling to the UK
  • Additional financial support including family allowance and disability support
  • Opportunities to meet other scholars and build meaningful relationships
  • Opportunity to join the 'Leaders in Sustainable Development' programme to support academic and/or professional development
  • Joining a global alumni network

Did you know? Between 1960-2023, 1,797 citizens from Uganda have been awarded Commonwealth Scholarships or Fellowships, studying at over 150 universities and organizations. Visit the CSC website for application details and to learn more about the 7 unique scholarship programmes offered across the Commonwealth – Fellowships, Masters and PhDs. CSFAAU alumni engage in webinars and awareness sessions when new calls come out for new applications – follow our social media and website if interested in joining our knowledge-sharing sessions.

Some of the content in this article was adapted from the CSC website.