Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships 2020 (Fully Funded)

Applications are now open for the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships 2020. A Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship is a unique opportunity to study for a two-year Master’s degree in low or middle-income countries of the Commonwealth.

Aimed at students who are committed to creating change in their communities, the scholarships are a life-changing opportunity to experience a new country and culture, to broaden horizons, and to build a global network that will last a lifetime.

Through cultural exchange and academic collaboration, Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholars help bring about positive change and find solutions to the shared challenges we face – both in their home countries and those that host them. As an active part of the Commonwealth network, scholars will help shape its future.

The following universities will be hosting a QECS award:

  • COMSATS University Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda
  • The University of the West Indies
  • University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • The University of Ghana
  • Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • University of Mauritius
  • State University of Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • University of Zambia
  • University of Rwanda
  • University of Malaya, Malaysia
  • University of Nairobi, Kenya – Migration Studies
  • University of Eswatini
  • The University of the West Indies – Climate Resilience
  • Technical University of Kenya
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Technology and Technology, Ghana


Award recipients receive:

  • Fully-funded tuition fees
  • Living expenses allowance (stipend) for duration of award
  • Return economy flights to their host country
  • An arrival allowance
  • Research support grant – on request only; subject to approval


  • To apply you must be a citizen of (or hold refugee status in) a Commonwealth country other than the country hosting the award.
  • You must have completed an undergraduate degree at a 2:1 equivalent level
  • Please note, universities may have their own specific eligibility requirements for admissions

Eligible Regions: Commonwealth Countries


Make sure that you have the following documentation to upload to your application:

  • High school certificate
  • Undergraduate transcript (and graduation certificate)
  • Two references – preferably academic
  • Scan of passport or national ID card
  • Proof of English language ability if English is not your first language

Applications will be closed at 4 pm (UTC) on 15 January 2020 – please read the FAQs while completing your application.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2020 (37 Days Remaining)