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PhDs in Science and Engineering

Commonwealth PhD Scholarships (Least Developed Countries and Fragile States)


  • Tuition Fees
  • Stipend
  • Approved fares covered

Please see the ‘Financial assistance' tab on the Commonwealth Scholarship website for details.

Specified use

Funded by the  UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), Commonwealth PhD scholarships contribute to the development needs of Commonwealth countries by supporting research that will have a developmental impact. They also enhance individual teaching and research capacity leading to increase institutional capacity in academic and other sectors in Commonwealth countries, and will contribute to UK higher education and research by attracting high-calibre international candidates and encouraging links and collaboration, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.

Tenable period

3 years full time

Funding provider

Commonwealth Sponsorship Commission

Allowed study options

This funding is available to students undertaking the following modes of study:

  • Full-time

Academic requirements

You must meet the minimum academic requirements for your preferred programme, in addition to those specified by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

Other eligibility criteria

Applicants must hold an offer of study at The University of Manchester before applying for this funding.

You must hold an unconditional offer in order to apply for a Commonwealth PhD Scholarship.

Application procedure

Each Commonwealth government has designated a national agency for the operation of Commonwealth Scholarships. Applicants should contact the national agency in their home country for information about how to apply.

Please see the ‘How to apply' tab on the Commonwealth Scholarship website for details.

Application form

Selection criteria

  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Quality of the plan of study
  • Potential impact on the development of the candidate's home country

Closing date

Deadlines will be published on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website.

Contact details for enquiries