Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

Keele University, in conjunction with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, is delighted to offer 2 Shared Scholarships. These awards cover tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of a one year taught master’s programme to be studied at Keele University. Please see the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships website for more information on eligibility, terms and conditions, the selection process and how to apply.

Find out more by reading interviews with previous Keele Commonwealth Scholars.

One of our most successful Commonwealth Scholar has been Dorcas Tiwaa Addai from 2016/17, who won the Patrick Turberry Prize for the best dissertation on her course and also worked at the UN.


Applications are open to students from developing countries within the Commonwealth who intend to study one of the following courses:

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country (please see the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships website for a list of eligible countries)
  • hold a first degree at either first or upper second class level and meet the academic entry requirements for your intended course of study
  • be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the course and have an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in each subtest
  • Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high income country
  • be able to confirm in writing that neither you nor your family would otherwise be able to pay for the proposed course of study
  • be willing to confirm that you will return to your home country as soon as your period of study is complete

This award is for international fee payers only and can not be combined with any other University funded scholarship or bursary which is intended for international fee paying students. In cases where an applicant is eligible for more than one award, the highest value award will be applied.

How to apply

All interested candidates must firstly apply for the proposed course of study at Keele. Click here to visit our postgraduate course pages and apply.

Students must also apply through the Commonwealth online system which opens on the 21 January 2019.  The deadline for applications to Keele through this system is 14 March 2019


Nominations Successful nominees will be contacted directly by the university by the beginning of May 2019. All other applicants will receive their decision via the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.