Commonwealth Scholarships

Commonwealth Scholarships is a scholarship scheme that enables students from Commonwealth countries to study in other Commonwealth countries. The scheme has been helping students to develop their education since 1959. Awards in the UK are funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Education (DFE), in conjunction with UK universities.

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) is responsible for managing the United Kingdom’s contribution to Commonwealth Scholarships. CSC awards over 800 scholarships and fellowships for postgraduate study and professional development to Commonwealth citizens each year.

British Council is 'contracted' by the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission to provide overseas services to the Commonwealth Scholarships.

For more information on Commonwealth Scholarship schemes visit Commonwealth Scholarships Commission's Website.

What this scholarship covers?

  • economy travel air fare
  • visa processing fee
  • tuition fee
  • maintenance and other allowances, during the study period. 


Candidates must :

  • be a Bangladeshi citizen, residing in Bangladesh
  • hold a first degree of upper second class Honours standard (or above); or a second class degree and a relevant post-graduate qualification

Eligible Subject Areas

  • One-year taught master's course
  • PhD
  • six-month fellowship
  • distance learning
  • split-site scholarship

Selection Process


Firstly, the candidates are shortlisted based on their application and later they are further assessed through personal interviews. This phase of selection is conducted in Bangladesh, by the University Grants Commission (UGC).


Nominations for the prospective fellows are required to be sent to the Ministry of Education (MOE), from respective institutions and organisations. The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) London does the final selection on the basis of the nominations sent by the MOE.

Selection Criteria

Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria :

  • academic merit 
  • quality of the proposal
  • likely impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country

Alumni Association

Over 27,500 Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows have been funded by the UK government through the CSC since 1959. Our alumni include prime ministers and cabinet ministers, Nobel Prize winners, academics, diplomats, writers, and leaders in major NGOs and businesses. You are a Commonwealth Scholar for life and we hope that you will stay involved as an active alumnus. Through our alumni network, you will have the opportunity to build contacts with a diverse range of Scholars in your home country and across the Commonwealth, to support your work and your development impact goals.

If you are a former Commonwealth Scholar or Fellow and have not registered as an alumni member, or if you wish to update your contact details, please complete the alumni update form and email it to and your details will be updated on the CSC database.

Membership to the CSC Alumni Network is free and comes with numerous benefits including regular issues of the CSC newsletter, access to professional networks and knowledge hubs and opportunity to attend alumni events in your home country. 

You can also join the Facebook group for Bangladesh Association of Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows (BACSAF). 

For Support

Please contact:

University Grants Commission, Bangladesh

Agargaon, Dhaka 1207

Telephone: 88-02-8113242, 88-02-8124133