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Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships

The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships (QECS) offer a unique opportunity for students to pursue a two-year Master’s degree in a low or middle-income Commonwealth country. These scholarships aim to support students committed to creating positive change in their communities. Scholars will have the chance to experience a new country and culture, broaden their horizons, and build a lasting global network.

Benefits of the Scholarship

  • Fully-funded tuition fees
  • Living allowance (stipend) for the duration of the award
  • Return economy flights to the host country
  • One-off arrival allowance
  • Research Support Grant (on request only; subject to approval)
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Application Cycles

There are two application cycles each year:

  • Cycle 1: Opens in November/December
  • Cycle 2: Opens in March/April

Application Process

  1. Review Available Scholarships: Look through the list of countries and universities hosting scholarships in the current cycle.
  2. Course Information: Visit the relevant university websites for more information on your chosen courses.
  3. Submit QECS Application: Complete and submit a QECS application for your chosen university/course by clicking the ‘Apply now’ button on the QECS website. If you don’t have a myACU account, click ‘get started’ to create one and start your application.
  4. University Admission Application: Submit a separate application to your chosen university for admission to your selected course.
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  • Applicants must be committed to creating positive change in their communities.
  • Applicants should be interested in experiencing a new country and culture, and in building a global network.


“My research in cellular and molecular medicine wouldn’t have been possible without the QECS. I came away with a wealth of knowledge, new collaborators, and exciting new ideas.” – QECS Alumnus Tolulope Saliu, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Important Notes

  • Ensure you read the application guidance and FAQs pages thoroughly before starting your application.
  • Applications for the 2024-25 academic year are now closed.
  • You can apply more than once if you are interested in studying in a different country in another cycle.
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Contact and Further Information

For more details and to start your application, visit the QECS website and check the specific university links for course information.

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