Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan 2015

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The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is an international programme that offers fellowships and scholarships to candidates of other developing Commonwealth countries. United Kingdom (UK) is the biggest contributor to the programme, which is managed by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. The CFSP encourages students who aspire to study in UK for higher education in various academic, professional, Master's and doctoral programmes.

In India, the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission, the British Council, Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and the Government of India jointly manage the plan.

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Each scholarship covers the following:

  • Student concessionary or economy airfare to the UK and return on expiry of the Scholarship.
  • Tuition and examination fees.
  • A personal maintenance allowance of £977 per month (£1,208 per month if you are studying at institutions in the London Metropolitan area).
  • A grant for expenses involved in approved travel within the UK or overseas, for preparing a thesis or dissertation and fieldwork costs (that includes one economy class return airfare to the fieldwork location, if field study is outside the UK) for your doctoral studies.
  • An initial arrival allowance.
  • A paid mid-term fare to India if you are working on a three-year doctoral award. This is not applicable to those who undertake field study back home in India (for which fieldwork fares are provided) and for those who have claimed spouse or child allowances for more than 12 months during the award term.
  • The Commission will pay a spouse allowance of £ 220 per month if your award exceeds 18 months and if your spouse resides at the same address as yours in the UK. The Commission also provides child allowance of £138 per month for the first child and £108 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16 if the children are living with their parents.

Programme(s)

The CSFP is open to candidates pursuing the following studies from September/ October 2015 in the UK:

  • One year taught Master's course
  • Doctoral degree up to three years duration

The subjects covered under the CSFP include:

  • Engineering and Technology

1. Electronics/Electrical 2. Environmental Studies 3. Remote Sensing Technology 4. Communication Engineering 5. Biotechnology or Biochemical Engineering 6. Robotics 7. Computer Applications/Computer Science 8. Aerospace Engineering /Aeronautics 9. Civil Engineering 10. Material Science 11. Mining Engineering and 12. Marine Engineering.

  • Science (pure and applied) 

1. Mathematics 2. Molecular Biology 3. Physics 4. Chemistry (including Pharmaceutical/Medicinal Chemistry)

  • Agriculture 

Agronomy & Forestry

  • Humanities and Social Sciences 

1. History 2. Sociology 3. **Management Studies 4. Economics 5. Philosophy 6.Psychology 7. Law 8. English (Literature/Linguistics) 9. Political Science with International Relations

You can, however, apply for only one subject of your choice.

Scholarship: The scholarship is valid for a period of one year in case of Master's candidates, three years if you are a Ph.D. candidate and one year if you wish to pursue a part of your research in the UK leading towards a Ph.D.. The commission does not consider Ph.D. candidates who have already completed or are about to complete their Ph.D.

65 nominations will be sent by the MHRD to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission for final selection. Out of these 65 nominations, not more than 26 would be for doctoral studies.

Eligibility criteria

You must take the IELTS after 1 October, 2014 and before 6 March, 2015 to prove your competence in English. Your tertiary level (post school) education should have been pursue in the English medium.

Scholarships for Master's degree: You should have secured at least 60% (Humanities and Social Science group) or at least 65% (Engineering and Technology, Science and Agriculture Group) in your bachelor's degree and should be able to produce your certificate for the same by October, 2015.

Business/ Management studies aspirants must have taken the GMAT before applying for this scholarship.

Candidates wishing to apply for Economics and related subjects must note that most universities/ departments would expect them to pass the GRE.

Scholarships for Ph.D: You should have secured at least 60% (Humanities and Social Science group) or at least 65% (Engineering and Technology, Science and Agriculture Group) in your master's degree and should be able to produce your certificate for the same by October, 2015.

Important dates

Last date for submitting application online: 10 October, 2014

Apply online at: http://proposal.sakshat.ac.in/scholarship/

For Scholarship:

  • You must be an Indian citizen residing in India.
  • You must have completed tertiary education in English medium.
  • Your age must be 40 years or under at the time of application.
  • If you are a Master's degree student, you will be required to produce your Bachelor's degree certificate by October 2014 with 60 per cent or above marks for the fields of Humanities and Social Science and 65 per cent or above marks for the fields of Medicine, Science and Agriculture and Engineering and Technology.
  • If you are a Ph.D. candidate, you will be required to produce your certificate of Master's degree by October 2014 with 60 per cent or above marks for the fields of Humanities and Social Science and 65 per cent or above marks for the fields of Medicine, Science and Agriculture and Engineering and Technology.

For Fellowship:

  • You must be an Indian citizen residing in India.
  • You must have completed tertiary education in English medium.
  • You must hold a doctorate or postgraduate degree as required in your field.
  • You must have been awarded your doctorate in no less than five and no more than ten years from the date you accept the fellowship.
  • You must hold a minimum of two years' experience as staff member at a university or institution in India, and must be nominated by the head of your university or institution.

Application procedure

Apply online at: http://proposal.sakshat.ac.in/scholarship/ before 10 October, 2014. You may apply for only one subject of your choice.

Selection process

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Department of Education, and Government of India conducts the preliminary selection through shortlisting of applications followed by personal interviews in New Delhi.

These scholarships are tenable at the following UK universities: http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/uk-universities/

Contact details

For Scholarships:

Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD)
Department of Higher Education?
External Scholarship Division?
ES.4 Section, West Block-1 Wing-6
2nd Floor, R.K. Puram
New Delhi-110066?
Tel: +91-11-26172491, 26172492

For Fellowship:

University Grants Commission
Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg
New Delhi -110001
Tel: +91-11-2323 3895

For candidates already in the UK: The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) can provide general information concerning the scheme, but will not issue application forms:

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
John Foster House
36 Gordon Square?London
WC1H OPF
Tel: +44-207-387 8572

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