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Commonwealth Split-site (PhD) Scholarships 2017

Dear Students,

Commonwealth Split-site (PhD) Scholarships have been announced for 2017. Under this program, a student enrolled in PhD program at a Pakistani institution can apply for a Commonwealth Split-site (PhD) Scholarship to support up to 12 months' study at an eligible UK university; this would be part of the PhD being undertaken in your home country and would be under the joint supervision of home country and UK academics.

You must make your application directly to the CSC using the CSC's Electronic Application System (EAS) at https://csc.do-it-online.org.uk/csc/ElectronicApplicationSystem.htm.

You are NOT required to apply via a nominating body for this scholarship.

Application deadline is Tuesday, November 15, 2016.

Key details of the scholarship program and application are given below for your ready reference.

Please let me know in case of any concern.

Kind regards,


Commonwealth Split-site (PhD) Scholarships are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing to the UK's international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.

To apply for these scholarships, you must:
- Be a Pakistani Citizen
- Be registered for a PhD at a university in your home country by the time your award is confirmed
- Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2017
- By October 2017, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master's degree)

Intended beneficiaries
High-quality graduates who have the potential to become influential leaders, teachers, or researchers in their home countries, and whose proposed research has a developmental and leadership focus.

Points of Consideration
Your application must be made in the context of a departmental/institutional link with a UK university already in operation or currently under negotiation. Applications without supporting statements from both your home country supervisor and your proposed UK supervisor will be considered ineligible.

Your final qualification will be awarded by your home country university (not the UK university). The scholarship does not support your period of study at your home country university.

The 12-month period of study in the UK supported by the scholarship can be taken at any stage during your PhD study, providing this is justified in your study plan. It can be divided into two or more periods, with no more than 12 months elapsing between each award term. If you have not already started your PhD at the time of your application, you will be eligible to spend a maximum of six months in the UK in your first year of study.

All subject areas are eligible, although the CSC's selection criteria give priority to applications that demonstrate the strongest relevance to development.

You should apply to study at a UK university with which the CSC has a part funding agreement. Click here for a list of UK universities which have part funding agreements with the CSC

Selection process
Once received by the CSC, each candidate's application is first considered by a member of the CSC's panel of advisers with expertise in the subject area concerned, and then by the CSC's selection committee in competition with other candidates.

Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:
- Academic merit of the candidate
- Quality of the plan of study
- Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate's home country

For further details, see Selection criteria for 2017 Commonwealth Split-site (PhD) Scholarships

You may also find the Feedback for unsuccessful candidates useful.

Application Procedure
You must make your application directly to the CSC using the CSC's Electronic Application System (EAS). (full information on how to use the EAS, including detailed guides).

You are not required to apply via a nominating body for these scholarships.

All applications must be submitted by 23.59 (GMT) on 15 November 2016 at the latest. You are advised to complete and submit your application as soon as possible, as the EAS will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline. We recommend that you complete your application by 31 October 2016.

You must provide the following supporting documentation to be received by the CSC by 6 January 2017 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:
- Supporting statement from your UK supervisor
- Supporting statement from your home supervisor
- Reference from at least one other individual
- Transcripts

If you have an enquiry, please contact the CSC using the Contact us form.