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Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Subject areas:

MRes in Clinical Research; MSc in Palliative Care

Funding type:

Tuition fee. Stipend. Travel.

Awarding body:

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.


Bangladesh. Belize. Botswana. Cameroon. Dominica. Eswatini. Fiji. Gabon. The Gambia. Ghana. Grenada. Guyana. India. Jamaica. Kenya. Kiribati. Lesotho. Malawi. Malaysia. Maldives. Mauritius. Montserrat. Mozambique. Namibia. Nauru. Nigeria. Pakistan. Papua New Guinea. Rwanda. St. Helena. St. Lucia. St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Samoa. Sierra Leone. Solomon Islands. South Africa. Sri Lanka. Tanzania. Togo. Tonga. Tuvalu. Uganda. Vanuatu. Zambia.

2 awards available to support students from eligible low and middle income Commonwealth countries to study the MSc Palliative Care or MRes Clinical Research programmes at King's College London.

Award details

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are for candidates from eligible low and middle income Commonwealth countries, to undertake full-time taught Master’s study at a UK university.

Funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), Commonwealth Shared Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.

These scholarships are offered under CSC six development themes:

  1. Science and technology for development
  2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  6. Access, inclusion and opportunity

Eligibility criteria

The 2023/24 Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme (CSSS) awards at King's College London are open to students applying for the following Master's programmes only:

To apply for these scholarships, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Be available to start their academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September 2023
  • By September 2023, hold a first degree of at least upper second-class (2:1) honours standard, or a lower second-class degree (2:2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
  • Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high-income country
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK university without this Scholarship
  • Apply as instructed (see 'Application Process' below) and have provided all supporting documentation in the required format by the given deadlines 

In addition, applicants must:

  • Meet the relevant entry requirements for their chosen degree programme and be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the course
  • Be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as the period of study is complete

Award conditions

For full terms and conditions – including further details of the scholarship themes, value of the scholarship, and general conditions – visit the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's webpage.

Application process

To apply, candidates MUST submit the following:

  • By the deadline of 16:00 (UK Time) on 13 December 2022, apply to the CSC via the CSC’s online application system. For further details, click here.


NB: applicants are encouraged to submit both applications as soon as possible. Failure to meet the respective application deadlines (given above) means that the applicant will be ineligible and won’t be considered for the scholarship opportunity.

Admissions Fee

Applicants for master’s programmes at King’s College London are normally required to pay an admissions application fee, however, if you are applying for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS) opportunity, you can have this fee waived.

To get your admissions application fee waived, please follow these instructions:

  1. Start drafting your application for the MRes Clinical Research or MSc Palliative Care via our online system - King’s Apply.
  2. Once you have completed your application and before you submit, please send an email to Chan Sum at to confirm that you are a CSSS applicant and include your first name, surname, the name of the programme you are applying for, and the email address you used to set up your account on King’s Apply. Please title your email as ‘CSSS 2023/24 – admissions application fee waiver’, and send your email by no later than 2nd January 2023*.
  3. Your details will be passed to the admissions team who will arrange to waive your application fee and confirm that you can submit your application free of charge.

*The application deadline to King’s College London is 6th January 2023, so if you require a waiver of the admissions fee, you must confirm this to us earlier so that we can process your request and enable you to submit your application by 6th January 2023.


Selection process

Eligible applications will be reviewed by King's College London, and King's will nominate selected candidates to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) by no later than 13 March 2023. The CSC will then consider and confirm whether the candidates meet the eligibility criteria for this scheme. Candidates should expect to receive a decision by July 2023.

Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:

  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Quality of the plan of study
  • Potential impact on the development of the candidate’s home country

For further details, see the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships selection criteria

For full details about the 2023/24 CSSS awards, please visit the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's web-page.


For general queries about the scholarship scheme, please contact: Centre for Doctoral Studies, King's College London (Email:

For specific queries relating to the master's programme at King's, please contact to the relevant academic department - details available via the online prospectus pages.

Academic year:


Study mode:

Postgraduate taught

Application closing date:

06 January 2023