Below is an overview of the selection and placement process:
- Scholarships are promoted and advertised through our offices in Uganda, and our affiliated Windle International offices in South Sudan, Sudan and Kenya. See our current criteria below.
- Applications are checked and assessed against basic Selection Criteria in the country of application.
- Applications and supporting documents of candidates meeting the basic criteria are considered for interview shortlisting by in-country selection committees.
- Candidates are interviewed. Those short-listed for interview are advised to start arranging the process of taking the English language test (IELTS) and score at least 6.5 and not less than 6.0 in all components, as this is a usual admission requirement of UK Universities.
- Interview reports, together with the application forms and supporting documents, are assessed by a final selection committee to decide which candidates should be placed on the “priority list” of selected students for placement on scholarships in the UK.
- Once a candidate is selected and on the Priority List, UK programme staff work intensively with the candidate and the universities to seek the most appropriate course of study. The priority list is a pool of potential candidates for placement and has more candidates than places available in any one year (Usually, over 80 selected applicants). Candidates who cannot be placed in available scholarship schemes, for one reason or another, remain on the priority list for a maximum of 3 years.
- Confirmation of the scholarship is given as early as possible, in order to give the candidate time to apply for a visa and prepare for travel to the UK.
- We are keen to encourage applications from women and individuals from other particularly disadvantaged groups. This includes those who are resident in the refugee camps and settlements, those who have lost close family members to war or conflict, as well as those who are particularly vulnerable such as people with disabilities and those who have themselves been victims of violence.
- Eligible applicants are welcomed from all religious backgrounds and ethnic groups.
- A scholarship, in most cases, will cover full tuition fees, maintenance stipends, visa cost and return airfares. To find out more about the programme and support provided go to our postgraduate scholarship page.
- There is no application fee.
- Submitting an Application Form does not in any way guarantee you an offer of a scholarship award.
- Competition for scholarships is high.
We work in partnership with a number of Universities and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission to offer around 20 scholarships annually.
It is not a requirement that you must apply for admission from our partner universities before submitting an application to us.
For the 2017/18 academic year successfully selected applicants will usually be expected to obtain unconditional admission to an eligible one-year, full-time, taught master’s degree course at partner institutions by 31 March 2017. For some examples of potential scholarships for 2017/18 below.
- Considering applications takes time so please be patient while waiting for a final outcome and whether or not your application has been successful.
When considering candidates:
- Priority is given to applicants of particular merit taking into account academic ability, need, development impact, leadership potential and personal qualities.
- Preference is given to subjects that offer a high probability of future employment in the countries that we select candidates from and are of direct value to development.