The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is an international programme that offers fellowships and scholarships to candidates of other developing Commonwealth countries. United Kingdom (UK) is the biggest contributor to the programme, which is managed by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. The CFSP encourages students who aspire to study in UK for higher education in various academic, professional, Master’s and doctoral programmes.
In India, the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission, the British Council, Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and the Government of India jointly manage the plan.
Each scholarship covers the following:
The CSFP is open to candidates pursuing the following studies from September/ October 2015 in the UK:
The subjects covered under the CSFP include:
1. Electronics/Electrical 2. Environmental Studies 3. Remote Sensing Technology 4. Communication Engineering 5. Biotechnology or Biochemical Engineering 6. Robotics 7. Computer Applications/Computer Science 8. Aerospace Engineering /Aeronautics 9. Civil Engineering 10. Material Science 11. Mining Engineering and 12. Marine Engineering.
1. Mathematics 2. Molecular Biology 3. Physics 4. Chemistry (including Pharmaceutical/Medicinal Chemistry)
Agronomy & Forestry
1. History 2. Sociology 3. **Management Studies 4. Economics 5. Philosophy 6.Psychology 7. Law 8. English (Literature/Linguistics) 9. Political Science with International Relations
You can, however, apply for only one subject of your choice.
Scholarship: The scholarship is valid for a period of one year in case of Master’s candidates, three years if you are a Ph.D. candidate and one year if you wish to pursue a part of your research in the UK leading towards a Ph.D.. The commission does not consider Ph.D. candidates who have already completed or are about to complete their Ph.D.
65 nominations will be sent by the MHRD to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission for final selection. Out of these 65 nominations, not more than 26 would be for doctoral studies.
You must take the IELTS after 1 October, 2014 and before 6 March, 2015 to prove your competence in English. Your tertiary level (post school) education should have been pursue in the English medium.
Scholarships for Master’s degree: You should have secured at least 60% (Humanities and Social Science group) or at least 65% (Engineering and Technology, Science and Agriculture Group) in your bachelor’s degree and should be able to produce your certificate for the same by October, 2015.
Business/ Management studies aspirants must have taken the GMAT before applying for this scholarship.
Candidates wishing to apply for Economics and related subjects must note that most universities/ departments would expect them to pass the GRE.
Scholarships for Ph.D: You should have secured at least 60% (Humanities and Social Science group) or at least 65% (Engineering and Technology, Science and Agriculture Group) in your master’s degree and should be able to produce your certificate for the same by October, 2015.
Apply online at: http://proposal.sakshat.ac.in/scholarship/ before 10 October, 2014. You may apply for only one subject of your choice.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Department of Education, and Government of India conducts the preliminary selection through shortlisting of applications followed by personal interviews in New Delhi.
These scholarships are tenable at the following UK universities: http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/uk-universities/
Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD)
Department of Higher Education?
External Scholarship Division?
ES.4 Section, West Block-1 Wing-6
2nd Floor, R.K. Puram
Tel: +91-11-26172491, 26172492
University Grants Commission
Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg
New Delhi -110001
Tel: +91-11-2323 3895
For candidates already in the UK: The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) can provide general information concerning the scheme, but will not issue application forms:
The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
John Foster House
36 Gordon Square?London
Tel: +44-207-387 8572