Fully-funded Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships (QECS) International Collaboration for Master’s Degree, Commonwealth Countries 2024

Written by catherine.caoile on April 5, 2023

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

    Accounting, Agriculture and Related Sciences, Archaeology, Architecture and Environmental Design, Chemistry, Curatorial Studies, Earth Science, Economics, Education, Engineering, Engineering 3-2, Engineering-Related Technologies, Environmental Policy, Environmental Studies, Geography, Governance / Civil Society, History, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Management, Master of Arts in Teaching, Mathematics, Pacific Islands Studies, Physics, Social Justice, Sociology
  • Country of the Scholarship

    South Africa
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Master's scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

    Private sponsor
  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

    Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom, Vanuatu, Zambia
  • Expenses covered

    Monthly subsistence allowance, Travel and visa costs, Insurance, Tuition fees
  • Scholarship Contact Details

    The Association Of Commonwealth Universities Woburn House, 20-24 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HF, United Kingdom | Tel: +44 (0)20 7380 6700

The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships (QECS) will be offered to students who want to further their Master’s Degree in an eligible program for two years and will be awarded to low or middle-income Commonwealth Countries. Focused on students who are committed to making a change in their networks, the scholarships are a groundbreaking chance to encounter another nation and culture, expand horizons, and develop a worldwide organization that will endure forever.

The Association of Commonwealth Universities encouraged all students from low to middle-income Commonwealth countries to join the scholarship for the academic year of 2023-2024, the scholarship will be awarded fully-funded benefits and successful students can choose from any of the partnered universities who can help them build their skills and for the development of their leadership skills.

Through social trade and academic coordinated effort, Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholars assist with achieving positive change and finding answers for the common difficulties we face – both in their nations of origin and those that have them. As a functioning piece of the Commonwealth Association, successful students will assist with forming its future.

About the Scholarship 

The CSFP funds, which uphold these exceptional scholarships, were laid out by the education ministers on the 50th commemoration of the CSFP in 2009. The asset, which is overseen by the ACU, has been upheld by 14 Commonwealth Government administrations to date. The Duke of Sussex reported the renaming and development of the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships scheme, in acknowledgment of Her Highness’ support of the Commonwealth and its childhood, in 2018.

Applicants must check the commonwealth countries and partnered universities before applying for the scholarship. A list of Commonwealth Countries can be found here.

Scholarship Provider: The Association of Commonwealth Universities

About the Provider 

The Association of Commonwealth Universities believes that global collaboration is vital to this aspiration. Uniting universities from around the world – and vitally individuals who study and work inside them ‒ they help to propel information, advance comprehension, expand minds, and further develop lives.

They champion advanced education as a foundation of more grounded social orders, supporting individuals, accomplices, and partners as they adjust to an influencing world. The ACU has more than 500 partner universities in 50 countries across the Commonwealth. 66% of our individuals are in low and middle-income countries, and 5% are in little states.

International collaboration in advanced education prompts forward leaps in information, the free trade of knowledge, and persevering through connections among foundations and countries. Yet, it starts with associations between individuals. For over 100 years, the ACU has brought students, researchers, academic leaders, and university experts together across lines to manufacture productive and commonly useful associations with expansive effects.

While the common language and designs of the Commonwealth make the simplicity of cooperating, the ACU offers important chances to put this benefit to pragmatic use

Scholarship Summary 

  • Applicant’s Nationality: Eligible commonwealth countries, low and middle-income countries
  • Degree Level: Master’s Degree
  • Courses: Eligible Courses listed on the official page of the universities
  • Number of Awards: NA
  • Scholarship Awards: Fully-funded
  • Duration: Two years
  • Scholarship Countries: Commonwealth Countries
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Offered Annually: Yes

Scholarship Eligibility

Before proceeding with the application interested applicants must review all basic eligibility requirements of the desired universities in Commonwealth countries, and also consider the currently available courses, entry requirements, and destinations of each university.

The basic requirements are:

  • Applicants must be a citizen of any of the eligible commonwealth countries, low and middle-income.
  • Candidates should apply for QECS awards in a country other than their nation of origin/nation of citizenship
  • There is no age limit for the scholarship awards.
  • The applicants must be holding a bachelor’s degree
  • Only universities listed on the QECS Official homepage can verify the application and eligibility of the applicants.
  • The applicants must be able to start their masters degree by July-November.
  • The applicants must meet the admission requirements of the university.
  • Must have good communication skills in oral and written English.

Note: Candidates are not eligible to choose their desired universities outside the eligible Commonwealth-partnered universities. The universities recorded on the QECS page are has for the ongoing application cycle. If a country/university isn’t on the site, it implies that they are not a host for the ongoing scholarship awards.

Application Process

  • The applicants must meet the eligibility of the scholarship and the university.
  • An application must be completed with their details
  • The applicants must complete all the required materials needed to support their application.
  • The application is required to submit the university admission application along with the scholarship application.
  • Late and incomplete applications will not be considered. However, the extension may be considered on case to case basis only.
  • The applciation can be submitted in an online application system provided by the ACU, the system will be used in the selection process.

Required Materials 

As part of the scholarship application process, the students must submit the following:

  • Academic Records
  • Proof of Citizenship
  • Employment Records
  • Course Details and University
  • Statements
  • References
  • Any other supporting documents
  • National ID

As some university application cycles will open after the QECS applications close, you don’t have to have gotten a proposal from your picked universities at the time of presenting your QECS application. However, you are urged to apply for the eligible courses of the scholarships previously or simultaneously as applying for a QECS.

The selection committee will evaluate all the applications and failing to meet r follow the application process wil be automatically rejected.

Scholarship Benefits 

The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships (QECS) will be providing the following benefits:

  • Fully funded tuition fees
  • Stipend or living allowance for the whole duration of the scholarship program
  • Return economy flights
  • Arrival allowance
  • Research support fees

Application Deadline 

The deadline to complete and submit the application is until May 24, 2023.

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