Commonwealth Scholarships are prestigious awards granted to students from Commonwealth countries to study in other member nations, promoting educational exchange and collaboration. 

Commonwealth scholarship 2024 is a great opportunity for Pakistani students who have a strong academic record and want to explore the world with their outstanding research abilities. Commonwealth scholarship for Pakistani students has been announced and accepting applications for 2024. Since 1960 UK is providing educational support to low, least developed, and high-income countries by launching a unique scholarship program system under the commonwealth. Commonwealth scholarship commission CSC has granted more than 30,000 scholarships to brilliant and research-oriented students from 1960 to 2024. In its first cohort, 175 scholars got commonwealth scholarship for postgraduate studies in the UK.  

Commonwealth Doctoral Scholarship

Commonwealth scholarship is prestigious for PhD applicants from the least developed country. Doctoral students can explore a wide range of research areas in the UK. They must avail commonwealth scholarship opportunity. Commonwealth PhD scholarships support research according to the needs of commonwealth countries that will have a developmental impact.

Commonwealth Scholarship HEC

Commonwealth scholarship commission nominates agencies for each commonwealth country.  Interested applicants have to apply through a country-specific nominating agency. For Pakistan, CSC nominates HEC to put forward applicants for the scholarship. Commonwealth doesn’t accept direct applications so students have to apply through the HEC Commonwealth scholarship 2024 portal.   

Important Facts

No. of scholarships




Course level

      Masters and PhD


      Fully Funded


      11th Oct for HEC HAT

      17th Oct for scholarship application on HEC and Commonwealth

Have done your bachelor's?

      Apply for CSC Masters Scholarships

Bachelors and master’s degree holders?

      Apply for CSC PhD Scholarships

Commonwealth Scholarship Themes

The scholarship is provided under the following six schemes:

  • Strengthening global peace, security, and governance

  • Access, inclusion, and opportunity

  • Science and technology for development

  • Promoting global prosperity

  • Strengthening resilience and response to crises

  • Strengthening health systems and capacity

Commonwealth Scholarship Countries

Commonwealth scholarship UK provides the opportunity for all international students to pursue postgraduate study on a scholarship. Pakistan is one of the commonwealth scholarship-eligible countries. Other commonwealth countries that are eligible for scholarships are Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Zambia, etc. Commonwealth scholarships in high-income countries also contribute to managing the scholarship grants for international students. The department of education in the UK provides the following funding programs

  • Commonwealth scholarship developing countries

  • Commonwealth scholarship for masters 2024 

  • Commonwealth scholarship for PhD

Specialty Of Commonwealth Scholarships

1 - Are you a disabled person?

No worries, the commonwealth equally supports all applicants through the provision of educational support to disabled persons.

2 - Women in education

No gender discrimination (more than 52% of female scholars are selected every year on the behalf of their intelligence) 

3 - Offer time-limited courses

Since 2018, Commonwealth has been running different time-limited one-year course programs for international students.  

Commonwealth Scholarship Universities

Commonwealth scholarship partner universities are top-ranked and well-equipped for all theoretical and practical education. British council publicized a list of commonwealth scholarship universities on its official site. Students can find the list of Commonwealth scholarship universities in the UK by clicking on the below-mentioned link

Commonwealth scholarship UK universities

Commonwealth Scholarships Courses

Commonwealth scholarship-eligible courses include almost all the study fields. Commonwealth scholarship master/ PhD courses are listed below. Students can also apply for the Commonwealth scholarship MBA program.

Commonwealth scholarship subjects

  • Engineering

  • Medicine

  • Art and Design

  • Business and management

  • Computer science and IT

  • Accounting and Finance

  • Social Sciences

  • Education and Training

  • Applied and Pure Sciences

  • Humanities

  • Architecture and Construction

  • Law

  • Tourism and Hospitality

  • Media Studies

  • Agriculture and Veterinary

Commonwealth scholarship benefits

Commonwealth government scholarships provide a complete package to selected candidates. The questions raised in student’s minds after listening about the scholarship are

  • How much is the Commonwealth scholarship?

  • Is commonwealth scholarship fully funded?

  • What is the Commonwealth scholarship amount?

Commonwealth scholarship stipend will cover the            

  • Two-way airfare from home country to the UK and return from the UK to home country when degree lasts  

  • Full tuition fee

  • Thesis cost

Commonwealth scholarship Monthly Stipend

Commonwealth scholarship living allowance per month is as follows

  • 1236- 1516£ per month

  • Allowance for warm clothes (students in cold areas)

  • Applicants who have a child, widowed, divorced, or single parents will get a child allowance as

  • £529/ month for the first child 

  • £131/ month for second and third child (under 16 years of age)

CSC Scholarship Amount For PhD

Commonwealth scholarship worth is 2000- 2500£/ month that will include

  • Living allowance of 1236- 1516£ per month

  • Spouse allowance 266£/ month

  • Child allowance for the first child: £529/ month, for the second and third child: £131/ month

  • Thesis preparing allowance

Commonwealth Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

Based on the student’s academic performance, the Commonwealth scholarship acceptance rate is 100%. Commonwealth scholarship criteria for both applicants applying for master’s and PhD are as follows

  • Applicant must be a Pakistani (eligible commonwealth country)

  • Permanent residence in Pakistan

  • Bachelors or master’s degree must be completed till and available to start a course in the UK in September 2024

  • Commonwealths scholarship age limit is 40 years

  • Unable to start a degree program in the UK without this scholarship

  • Must have a HAT test score 60/100 (students can add tests scores passed in Jan 2024)

  • Result awaiting and 2nd and 3rd division degree holder cannot apply for CSC scholarship 

Commonwealth Scholarship UK Eligibility


CSC Masters Scholarships


CSC PhD Scholarships


Eligibility Criteria

Before September 2024, must be a first-class undergraduate degree holder

CSC doesn’t support a second master’s degree in the UK


Must hold an upper class honors undergraduate degree in a relevant subject

Must be a second class master’s degree holder 

Not be an enrolled student in any PhD or M.Phil leading to PhD program in UK and Pakistan before September 2024

Must have a reference statement from UK University’s supervisor, supporting you for PhD admission.

Commonwealth scholarship test


HAT test is required for the Commonwealth scholarship master’s program

HAT test with 60/100 scores is required


UK university listed above

Any UK university listed above


One year master program

3 years

Commonwealth Scholarship Conditions

Students selected for the scholarship have to follow the commonwealth scholarship terms and conditions. He/ she cannot violate commonwealth scholarship rules like

  • After completion of commonwealth scholarship return to home country

  • Will provide the services in the home country for at least two years

Commonwealth Scholarship Documents Required

Commonwealth scholarship requirements include

  • Commonwealth scholarship essays that will describe the objective of your study in the UK

  • You can see the commonwealth scholarship essay sample for support

  • Commonwealth scholarship personal statement which will explain your future perspectives after studying in the UK

  • Commonwealth scholarship references: A commonwealth scholarship reference letter will explain your achievements and success stories by a referee from your last studied institute 

How To Apply For Commonwealth Scholarship 

  • Commonwealth scholarship online applications are open each year from September to October

  • Applicants have to submit an online application on both the commonwealth scholarship application portal such as the  HEC portal and commonwealth scholarship official website

  • Students can get the Commonwealth scholarship application form from the official site

  • Commonwealth scholarship hec portal accepts applications till 17th October 2024.

  • Commonwealth scholarship login portal: students have to create a login to apply for CSC scholarship.

  • Commonwealth scholarship form for PhD

  • Apply to HEC portal via registering there

  • After registration select “learning opportunities abroad”

  • Submit application

  • Students can get help from nominating agency through this (https://onlinehelp.hec.gov.pk/) commonwealth scholarship email address.  

  • No need to send hard copies to the Commonwealth scholarship commission address, only online applications will be accepted.

Commonwealth scholarship selection process

  • Commonwealth scholarship winners will be selected on the following bases

  • Their academic background

  • Statement/ plan of study

  • Potential impact on the country’s development

  • After reviewing students profile and HAT test scores HEC commonwealth scholarship merit list will be forwarded to CSC.  

  • Commonwealth scholarship results will be displayed on HEC official site

Commonwealth scholarship development impact statement

Commonwealth scholarship awarded students will potentially contribute to national or international development. The basic selection criteria for commonwealth scholarship is the impact of proposed study in nation development. So students must be clear about how their proposed study relates to

  • Global and national development issues 

  • Chosen study theme and wider development sector 

Commonwealth Scholarship Guidelines

Commonwealth grant guidelines can be checked through the commonwealth scholarship handbook.

Commonwealth Scholarship Timeline

  • Commonwealth scholarship opening date is 15th September

  • Commonwealth scholarship’s last date is 17th October 2024 for both HEC and CSC

  • Students must keep in mind the commonwealth scholarship deadline and must be appeared for the HAT test before the commonwealth scholarship 2024 deadline.

  • Those who have not appeared in the HAT test can apply for the test to the ETC site till 11th October 2024.


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