The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) was established at the first Commonwealth Education Conference in 1959, and over 27,000 individuals including citizens of Botswana, have benefited.

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) is responsible for managing Britain’s contribution to the CSFP. CSC awards over 900 scholarships and fellowships for postgraduate study and professional development to Commonwealth citizens each year. Awards in the UK are funded by the Department for International Development (for developing Commonwealth countries), and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Scottish Government (for developed Commonwealth countries), in conjunction with UK universities.

The CSC makes available the following types of awards

• Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study at a UK university
• Split-site Scholarships for split-site PhD study at a UK university
• Shared Scholarships for Master’s study at selected UK universities
• Distance Learning Scholarships to study UK Master’s degree courses in your home country
• Academic Fellowships for early career academics to spend time at a UK university
• Professional Fellowships for mid-career professionals to spend time at a UK host organisation
• Medical Fellowships for doctors and dentists to spend time at a UK hospital

What financial support does the plan cover?

The scholarships and fellowships cover most costs associated with your study/time in the UK. This can include, where appropriate, return airfares, tuition fees, personal maintenance costs, study and other allowances.

Eligibility criteria and how to apply

The eligibility criteria and application process for each type of scholarship and fellowship vary.
A prospectus giving the eligibility criteria and application guidelines for each programme is available on the CSC Website   

More information 

Visit the CSC website for information about Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships in the UK
Visit the CSFP website for information about Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships in countries other than the UK

Commonwealth Scholarship Alumni

Over 27,000 individuals globally have held Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships, forming an alumni community with wide interests and high achievements.

If you are a former Commonwealth Scholar or Fellow from Botswana and have not registered as an alumni member, please send an email to we can send you the registration forms. Your details will be updated on the CSC database.

Membership to the CSC Alumni Network is free and comes with numerous benefits including regular issues of the CSC newsletter, access to online professional networks and opportunity to attend alumni networking events in your home country.


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