Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is an international programme under which member governments offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commonwealth countries. The CSFP was established at the first Commonwealth Education Conference in 1959, and over 27,000 individuals have benefitted from the scholarships and fellowships.

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 Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (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.

What support is available?

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 studyat 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 at:   

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

British Council Zambia office

Alumni - Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships 

Over 27,000 individuals 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 Zambia and have not registered as an alumni member, please send us an email so that we can send you a registration form and update your details on the CSC website.

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.

The Zambia Commonwealth alumni association is currently being set up. If you are in Zambia and have held a commonwealth scholarship or fellowship in the past, and would like to join the association, please email alternatively,

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