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UK Commonwealth Scholarship Program for Indian Students

To apply for this UK scholarship program the candidate should have completed the required degree within the last ten years as on October of the year of application.

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The scholarship details and application dates are usually announced in leading newspapers in the month of August or September. The scholarship covers the applicant’s tuition fees and living expenses.

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The Commonwealth UK scholarship for Indian students helps them pursue their clinical training or post graduation or Ph.D.  The sponsorship will support the students for a year if it is either for post graduation or clinical training and three years if it is Ph. D. They offer 22 scholarships for Ph.D and 33 for Master’s program. The notification for this scholarship is usually announced either in employment news or it will be published in leading newspapers during the month of August or September.

In order to apply for the scholarship students have to be residents of India. The scholarship covers tuition fees, travel expense, miscellaneous expenses and also living expenses. The candidate should have completed the required degree within the last ten years as on October of the year of application.

The subjects for the scholarship have been divided into five main categories. The first is medicine which covers Cancer Research (including Cancer epidemiology); Cardiology, Gynecology, Medicine and Dentistry. Scholarship for this field is not offered for generalized training and studies but a specialized training in higher technique and methodology. The next category is engineering and technology and the subjects under this umbrella are Electronics; Environmental Studies; Remote Sensing Technology; Communication Engineering; Bio-Technology/Biochemical Engineering; Robotics.

The third category is science and subjects like Mathematics; Molecular Biology; Physics and Chemistry (including Pharmaceutical/Medicinal Chemistry) fall into this category. Agriculture is another category and covers Animal Husbandry; Agronomy and Forestry. Humanities and Social Sciences is a major category which covers History; sociology; Management Studies; Fine Art; (including Western Painting, Art History, Graphic Design and Sculpture); Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, Computer Application, Law and English.

Tertiary education in English is a must for all the candidates. If the candidate is applying for Master’s degree then completion of Bachelor’s degree in the required field is a must and should have scored above 55% if the choice is in Humanities and Social Science category and above 60% if it is in the category of Medicine, Engineering & Technology, Science and Agriculture. The candidate should also submit a one page justification of why he/she wants to pursue their studies in UK. In case the candidate wants to apply for Ph.D then completion of master’s degree in the required field is a must with a minimum of 55% if it is Humanities and Social Science category and 60% if it is Medicine, Engineering and Technology, Science and Agriculture category with two years of research or practical experience after completion of post-graduation.

The academic year for these scholarship courses start from October of every year. This program is focused and driven, giving students what they desire while ensuring it is done through the correct protocol.


For Further details, you can visit their website or contact,

The Secretary
Ministry of Human Resource Development (Dept. of Education)
External Scholarships Division,
ES-3 Section, A.1/W.3 Curzon Road Barracks,
K.G. Marg, New Delhi 110001
Ph 3384501



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