Commonwealth PhD Scholarships (Least Developed Countries and Fragile States)

Type of award


Managing department

Faculty of Humanities


  • 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

Continuation of award

Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress.

Number available

To be confirmed by Commonwealth Sponsorship Commission.

Funding provider

Commonwealth Sponsorship Commission

Level(s) of study

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

  • Postgraduate research

Allowed study options

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

  • Full-time

Subject restrictions

This funding is available in all subject areas across the University.

Academic requirements

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

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to students from:

  • Bangladesh
  • Cameroon
  • Gambia
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Rwanda
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tanzania, United Republic of
  • Togo
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Zambia

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

Selection body

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

Closing date

Deadlines will be published on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website.

Contact details for enquiries

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