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2022/23 Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships (low and middle income countries)

About the award

Applications are open for Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships for PhD candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries to spend 12 months, starting in September 2022, studying full-time at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country.

The scholarships are aimed at high-quality graduates whose proposed research has a developmental focus and who have the potential to become influential teachers or researchers in their home countries (and who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK).

These scholarships are offered under six themes:

  • Science and technology for development
  • Strengthening health systems and capacity
  • Promoting global prosperity
  • Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  • Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  • Access, inclusion and opportunity

Entry requirements

Applicants must be registered for a PhD at a university in an eligible Commonwealth country by the time their scholarship is confirmed.  That university must have an existing institutional or departmental link with the University of Exeter. Both the supervisor in your home country and your proposed University of Exeter supervisor will be required to provide supporting statements as part of the scholarship application process. 

How to apply

The closing date for applications for Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships is 17:00 GMT on Thursday 17 February 2022.  References and supporting statements must be submitted by 18:00 (GMT) on Tuesday 8 March 2022. For full details, including a list of countries, eligibility criteria and advice about how to apply via the CSC's online application system, please visit

Well in advance of this date, applicants must have identified and corresponded with an academic from the relevant University of Exeter department to secure their agreement to act as their academic sponsor.  Applicants must meet the University's standard admissions requirements and evidence a satisfactory level of English language skills to undertake research and participate in department life.  Once an agreement is approved, the applicant will be directed to complete a University of Exeter Other Advanced Studies (OAS) application form. (Visiting postgraduate research scholars are not required to make an online PhD application.) 

For information on how to access an OAS application form please contact

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Application deadline:17th February 2022
Value:Visiting scholar tuition fee, approved fares, and personal maintenance
Duration of award:for 1 year
Contact: CSC Enquiries