Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme Application Opens


The Department for International Development (DFID) and the University of Oxford, London is accepting applications from International Students for the £12,780 Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme. The Commonwealth Share scholarship is awarded o Masters Degree Students from nations identified with the organization.

This year, online application for those who wish to study in any university in the United Kingdom, UK will close between 8th or 19th January 2018, depending on the candidates chosen course of study. You are expected to start your application immediately.

Eligible Countries: Developing Countries:

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, 

Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn, Rwanda, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri-Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tristan da Cunha, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Western Samoa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Worth of Scholarship: The scholarship covers course fees, college fees and a grant for living costs of at least £12,780.

Eligibility: To be eligible for this scholarship program, applicants must:

  • Be nationals of a Commonwealth developing country, and not at present living or studying in a developed country;
  • Hold a first degree at either first class or upper second class level
  • have good academic records

Application: To be considered for this scholarship, submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline (8 or 19 January 2018, depending on your course). If you meet initial eligibility criteria, you will also be asked to complete an application form produced by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

Online submissions are made on Oxford University Website:



  • I am interested to study at your univercity , I am from Algeria and as you know there is a lot of Algerian scientists who succeded at Europe or America like Nouredine melikchi and others …. so I give you the chance to have anoither one if you accept me !

  • Hello, I am Alhaji Sheriff from Sierra Leone, I have a bachelors of science degree with a first class division. I am highly interested in your scholarship program please help me by guiding me on how to apply??

  • am Endris aman I am 6th year doctor of Veterinary medicine student in Gondar university and I am interested to study master program in your university if i wiil get your support.

  • i am Mebrahtu Haftu Adane,From Africa,Ethiopia,i have got my in Purchasing and supplies management From the ever progressive University.i.e. Jimma University in Ethiopia.i am innovative entrepreneur person. you can ask me through my e-mail. i live here in i can create a solution for the Ethiopian Economy. if i have got an exposure of the developed world,i can create solution of the problem for the developed/Advanced/ if you considered me to the place what you have, i will be an ambassador of your University.

  • i am a Cameroonian and am an undergraduate in civil engineering. i will be very
    happy if am selected for this program

  • my name sareedo abdisalam yusuf iam from somalia i have adegree of community development i interested master in your scholarship thank you your cosideration

  • My name is biniyam kalayu and I am from Ethiopia/sub- Saharan Africa/ and i want to learn a masters degree programe in computer since and related fields in your University for free tuition/free scholarship.

  • I am Mpundu Mulonga from Zambia, I have a Bachelors Degree in Metallurgical Engineering and am interested in the scholarship.

  • Hi,

    I am Omar Bashir from Nairobi, Kenya. I am graduate from KIU, UGANDA. I have a bachelor degree of Computer Sciense. And am intersted in your scholarship. How can i apply.

    Many thanks…….

  • Hello,

    My names are Omar Bashir from Nairobi, Kenya. I hold a bachelor degree of Computer science from Kampala International University. I want to study and am interested in your scholarship. How can i apply for this.

    Many thanks………

  • I’m a masters degree holder in political science, i in need of scholarship to pursue my education abroad, i’ll be very glad to be considered. Thanks in advance.

  • Hi, I am Mohamed Mansaray from Sierra Leone i have a bachelor degree in education option mathematics and science, and I am also a postgraduate student pursuing a master of science in education at Njala university Sierra Leone, I am interested to study further education in abroad especially in master of science in education.

  • My name is OGUNBODEDE AYO JOSEPH from Nigeria, I am a final year student of Urban and Regional Planning. I am interested in this scholarship program.

  • Iam Rameto Nura from Borena,Ethiopia.Ihave degree in Horticulture from Ambo University ,ethiopia and 4years of worke experiance at governement irrigation office .My current role at irrigation office ,irrigation extension and community particepation procces owner.
    Vegetables ,root and tuber crops plays important role in food production and economic performance of our country’s. But ,Production and productivity of horticultural crop is low .The gap between research field and farmers field is so high .Not only that ,the difference in yield between demonstration field and farmers field indicated to be in rage of 60% to 200%(EARO,2000).. World climate is continue to change at rates that are projected to be unprecedented in recent human history. The global average surface temperature is increased by about 0.6 c0 during the twenty century (IPCC,2001).According to recent fourth assessment report (IPCC,2007 “…… most of observed increase in temperature since the mid 20th century is likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations”. Increase in average surface temperature of between 1.4 to 5.8c0 to 2100,the range depending largely on the scale fossil- fuel burning between now and then on the different model used .At the lower range of temperature rise (1 to 3c0) global food production might actually increase but above this range would probably decrease (IPCC,2007).currently climate change is great challenge in the world .intergovernmental panel meeting on climate change underlined the poorest vulnerable groups are worst and affected groups .
    Ethiopia is one of this country it is highly affected by drought and salanity ,this is single most important climate related natural hazard which periodically affect the country .drought can occur anywhere in the world ,but its damage elsewhere tends to be less severe than Africa in general and Ethiopia in particular .recurrent drought event in the past in Africa have resulted in huge loss of life and property ,as well as migration of people .in Ethiopia , climate variability and frequencies of extreme events have increased over recent times. This is greatly menacing the various agricultural sectors natural resource base upon which the poorest Ethiopian citizen depend for their livelihoods . improvement in crops production are dwindling , there is increasing food insecurity at both household and national level and endemic grinding poverty .The ecology of southern Ethiopia rangeland is characterized by arid and semi arid climatic condition with spatial and temporary variability in rainfall distribution .Though there is seasonal pattern of rain dry season ,prolonged irregularities associated with climatic variability has impacted negatively the lives and livelihood of pastoralist in the area. This irregularity contributes to regularly cycle of drought in the areas . According FAO (2000), smallholder irrigation development has shown throughout the developing world that it can be used as a key drought mitigation measure as a vehicle for the long –term agricultural and macroeconomic development of a country. Smallholder irrigation schemes can result in increased productivity, improved income and nutrition, employment creation and food security. However, socio-economic evaluation of small holder irrigation system is very essential in order to be able to drive lessons from the past experiences and also to help policy makers in formulating sound policy for further irrigation development .
    Ethiopian government is currently giving special attention for irrigation to insecure the food security of the people through strong participation of smallholder in the country .in addition there is a good crop vegetable cultivation practice in some pastoral woreda of borena zone by using small irrigation around ponds and groundwater. And since the pastoralist community livelihood depend on rearing/mobilizing of their livestock there is no awareness to use horticultural crops.
    Not only the drought, Salinity is olso currently one of the most severe abiotic factors, limiting agricultural production. In arid and semi-arid lands, the plants are subjected throughout their life cycle to different stresses; some of these plants can tolerate these stresses in different ways depending upon plant species and type of stress. Excessive salinity reduces the productivity of many agricultural crops including most of the vegetables. Knowledge of salt tolerance in vegetable plants is necessary to increase productivity and profitability of crops irrigated with saline wastewaters. According to USDA report, out of all vegetables, tomato is moderately sensitive to salinity. Salt stress has three fold effects which reduces water potential and causes ion imbalance and toxicity (de la Peña and Hughes
    2007). Salt stress affects some major processes such as germination, speed of germination, root/shoot dry weight and Na+/K+ ratio in root and shoot (Parida and Das 2005).
    Salinity has reached a level of 19.5% of all irrigated land and 2.1% of dry-land agriculture worldwide (FAO, 2005). Excess salt in soil solution may adversely affect plant growth, either through osmotic inhibition of root water uptake or by specific ion effect. In many crop plants, seed germination and early seedling growth are the most sensitive stages to environmental stresses such as salinity (Sivritepe et al., 2003).
    Salinity may cause significant reductions in the rate and final percentage of germination, which in turn may lead to uneven stand establishment and reduced crop yields (Foolad et al.,
    Germination is a critical part of plant life histories. The ability of their seeds to germinate at high salt concentration in the soil is therefore of crucial importance for the survival and perpetuation of these species. In saline habitats, seed germination takes place after high precipitation, i.e., under conditions of reduced soil salinity (Khan and Rizvi, 1994). The ability of the soil seed bank to remain quiescent at a high salt level and to germinate immediately after salinity reduction (Bajji et al., 2002) is very significant not only to halophytes, but also to other species in colonizing their environment. Although salinity stress mostly reduces the germination percentage and delays the onset of germination, its effects are modified by interactions with other
    environmental factors as temperature and light. Salinity can affect germination by affecting the osmotic component, which the ionic component, i.e., Na and Cl accumulation (Živkovic et al., 2007).
    Therefore, would like to apply for2017/2018 commanwealth fellowship to upgrade my educational level in areas of my profession postgraduate msc in horticulture On project title of EFFECT OF DIFFRENT LEVEL OF SALT (Nacl) OnGERMINATION OF TOMATO SEED”and develop my countries through making policy for further irrigation development , introduce horticultural crops, aware the pastoralist community to adapt cultivation of horticultural crops and fill the knowledge gap in pastoralist community in production of horticultural crops.
    With best regerds

  • Hi my name is Asma Abdirahman from Somalia I have Degree of Medical Laboratory Technology and i am intersted to study futher education in abroad especially master of microbiology

    • Hello, I am Taban Alfred Ronald from South Sudan seeking a scholarship at degree level. I have a Diploma in Procurement and Logistics management and would like to further my studies abroad. Any consideration towards my further studies abroad is highly welcome.

  • My name is Regasa Aduna from Ethiopia. I have BA of Accounting and public finance, i am interested to study masters pleas contact mew by 0910675548.

  • I am called Ssalama Deborah from Uganda, I have a Bachelor of arts with education degree and I am interested in your scholarship. Thankyou

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