Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships Scheme 2021/2022

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Applications are open for the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships Scheme 2021/2022. It is a unique opportunity to study for a two-year Master’s degree in a low or middle-income country of the Commonwealth.

The scholarship is 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.

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships Scheme 2021

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Through cultural exchange and academic collaboration, Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships Scheme helps to bring about positive change and find solutions to the shared challenge we face, both in their home countries and those that host them.

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships Scheme 2021/2022 Requirements

The applicants won’t be allowed to apply for an award in their home country/country of citizenship as this is an international program.

If as an applicant, you’re attempting to apply for a QECS in a university in your home country you will not find your country in the drop-down and should consider applying for an award in another country.

Application Deadline

The deadline is 18 January 2021.

Benefits

  • Fully funded tuition fees.
  • Living expenses allowance for the duration of the award.
  • Return economy flights to their host country.
  • An arrival allowances.
  • Research support grant on request only; subject to approval.

Application Procedure

The application should consist of the following sections;

  • Eligibility.
  • Personal Details.
  • Academic & Employment Record.
  • The course at the host university details.
  • Statements.
  • Upload supporting documents.

The statement section is formed of three main statements which applicants need to provide. Guidance for what is required for each statement is shown below as well as on the application.

Statement 1: a plan of study (200-400 words)

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships provide unique opportunities to study abroad for a Master’s in leading universities in low and middle-income Commonwealth countries.

Your statement should answer the following questions:

Why have you chosen to study this course? What specific features of the course do you find interesting?

Why do you want to undertake this course at this institution 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.

Statement 2:   Development impact and post-study outreach

The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships are for students committed to creating change in their communities. Scholars will be supported to develop their knowledge and skills and learn how to apply them in their careers so they can contribute towards solutions to global challenges and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Your statement should answer the following questions:

  • Describe briefly one challenge or problem in your country that you would like to address.
  • How will your proposed study help you contribute towards a solution to this challenge?
  • What skills do you expect to gain from this scholarship?
  • How will you use the knowledge and skills gained on the award in your local community when you return home?

Part 2

  • Which of the UN Sustainable Development Goals does the subject you are studying most align to? (you can pick more than one).
  • How will your proposed study contribute to this/this Sustainable Development Goal (s)?

Statement 3: Creating networks

The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships provide an opportunity to embrace new cultures, learn different perspectives, and enhance collaboration at home and throughout the Commonwealth.

Your statement should answer the following questions:

  • Explain how you have developed networks through academic studies, hobbies, work experience, and/or volunteering experience.
  • What connections and networks will help you to achieve an impact on your scholarship?
  • How might you start to develop these connections during your study?

Selection

The timing of when you will hear the outcome of your application will depend on the application cycle you have applied in;

Cycle 1: applicants for courses starting in July-October should receive the outcome of their application by July of the year of the award.

Cycle 2: applicants for courses starting in January-February should receive the outcome of their application by October prior to the start of the award.

For more info, visit the official website of the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships

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