Commonwealth Scholarships 2019, by online study

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Masters of Public Administration - International Development (MPA)

The University of York has been awarded 10 Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSCUK) for students joining the Masters of Public Administration - International Development, commencing their studies in September 2019.  The Commonwealth Scholarships are administered by CSCUK, working as the UK arm of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP). The awards themselves are funded by the Department for International Development (DFID).  The CSFP are working towards partnerships between developed and developing countries aimed at combining academic excellence with the desire to make a real difference in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Please note: you will only be considered if you have a strong academic record at undergraduate level and clear evidence of a contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals. Information about this should be included in your Personal Statement in the University of York application form, and in your Future Career Plans and Home Country Benefit statements on the Scholarship application form.


Scholarships are available to applicants who meet all of the following criteria:

  • a citizen of a developing Commonwealth country, refugee, or British protected person
  • permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard. A lower qualification and sufficient relevant experience may be considered in certain cases
  • are working in or with public organisations, including NGO's, aid agencies and local/national government departments, and can demonstrate throughout their application that they are working towards the Sustainable Development Goals
  • can dedicate at least 15 hours each week to their studies with a number of study sessions being over 2 hours in length
  • meet the University Entry Requirements for the programme (see the 'Entry requirements' on the course web page)

The degree programme

The programme is two years in length, flexible, highly interactive, well supported and directly relevant to the aims of the Sustainable Development Goals. Students will find that they are part of a lively international learning community. 

How to apply

Scholarship applicants must hold an offer of a place at the University of York on the specified programme.  Details of how to apply to the university are contained on the programme page linked above.

The scholarship application will ask you to provide an email address for a referee.  When you submit your application to the EAS your referee will be contacted to ask them to provide and upload a reference.  We receive a huge volume of applications for these awards and therefore will only consider those applications supported by a reference by our closing date (17 March 2019) so please submit your application at least 1 week before the deadline to allow your referee time to write their letter.  

Applicants are responsible to follow up with their referees to ensure letters are submitted. Important Note: The scholarship website mentions that applications are open until 22 March 2019, however if you wish to study this University of York programme you must have submitted your university application by 17 March 2019 and your scholarship application by 22 March 2019. University applications which arrive after 17 March 2019 will not be considered for the scholarship.

Shortlisted applicants 

If you are short-listed you will be notified by the University on 11 April 2019.

Skype interviews will take place during week commencing 15 April 2019. It is essential that you are available on these dates.

The decision as to which students are offered a scholarship will be made by CSCUK, based on the University recommendations, and successful applicants will be notified during July 2019.

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Your alternatives

If you are not eligible for the scholarship, we offer discounted fees for students in developing countries on all our online programmes.

Contact details


Julie Harriss
Student Support Administrator Tel:
+44 (0)1904 32 1238

Dr Sophie Mackinder
MPA International Development Programme 

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