Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships (QECS) 2021/22

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Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships (QECS) 2021/2022: The Association of Commonwealth Universities is now accepting applications from citizens or refugees of Commonwealth countries for the 2021/2022 Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships. The deadline for submission of applications is 18th January, 2021.



The scholarship is a unique opportunity to study a two-years Master’s degree in low or middle-income country of the Commonwealth.

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Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships (QECS) 2021/2022.

Aimed at students who are committed to creating change in their communities, the scholarships are a life-changing opportunity to experience a new country and culture, to broaden horizons, and to build a global network that will last a lifetime.

Through cultural exchange and academic collaboration, Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholars help bring about positive change and find solutions to the shared challenges we face – both in their home countries and those that host them. As an active part of the Commonwealth network, scholars will help shape its future.

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships Partner Institutions.

12 awards are available at the following institutions:

  • University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • University of Eswatini
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST), Kumasi
  • The University of the West Indies
  • Technical University of Kenya
  • University of Nairobi
  • Universiti Malaya
  • Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • University of Mauritius
  • COMSATS University Islamabad
  • University of Rwanda
  • The State University of Zanzibar

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships Eligibility.

  • Citizens (or those who hold refugee status) in a Commonwealth country are welcome to apply.
  • Applicants must apply for a QECS award in a country other than their home country/country of citizenship.
  • There is no upper age limit to be eligible for a QECS Award.
  • You must have already completed your degree and have graduated with an equivalent of a 2:1 at the time of application. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide a copy of your final transcript and degree certificate.

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships Benefits.

Award recipients receive:

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  • Fully-funded tuition fees;
  • Living expenses allowance (stipend) for duration of award;
  • Return economy flights to their host country;
  • An arrival allowance;
  • Research support grant – on request only; subject to approval.

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships Selection Criteria.

The selection committee assesses applications using four key criteria:

  • Academic history/references
  • Plan of Study
  • Development Impact and Post Study Outreach
  • Creating Networks

How to Apply for Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships.

To apply for a Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship, you must first create a MyACU account. This will enable you to save a draft application and to log back in to see the status of your application once it is submitted.


Apply Here 

QECS application guidance

The application form consists of the following sections:

  • Eligibility
  • Personal Details
  • Academic & Employment Record
  • Course at host university details
  • Statements
  • Upload supporting documents

The statement section is formed of three main statements which applicants need to provide. Guidance for what is required for each statement is shown below as well as on the application form itself.

Statement 1:   Plan of study (200-400 words)

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships provide unique opportunities to study abroad for a Master’s in leading universities in low and middle-income Commonwealth countries.

Your statement should answer the following questions:


  • Why have you chosen to study this course? What specific features of the course do you find interesting? 
  • Why do you want to undertake this course at this institution and in this country?
  • What have you done to research your chosen university? 
  • How is this course relevant to your future career plans?
  • Explain how your previous studies and experiences make you a suitable candidate for this course.

Statement 2:   Development impact and post study outreach (300-500 words)

The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships are for students committed to creating change in their communities. Scholars will be supported to develop their knowledge and skills, and learn how to apply them in their career so they can contribute towards solutions to global challenges and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Your statement should answer the following questions:

  • Describe briefly one challenge or problem in your country that you would like to address.
  • How will your proposed study help you contribute towards a solution to this challenge?
  • What skills do you expect to gain from this scholarship?
  • How will you use the knowledge and skills gained on award in your local community when you return home?

Sustainable development goals (150-200 words)

  • Which of the UN Sustainable Development Goals does the subject you are studying most align to? (you can pick more than one).
  • How will your proposed study contribute to this/these Sustainable Development Goal(s)?

Statement 3: Creating networks (200-400 words)

The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships provide an opportunity to embrace new cultures, learn different perspectives and enhance collaboration at home and throughout the Commonwealth.

Your statement should answer the following questions:

  • Explain how you have developed networks through academic studies, hobbies, work experience and/or volunteering experience.
  • What connections and networks will help you to achieve impact from your scholarship? 
  • How might you start to develop these connections during your study?

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships Portal 2021/2022.

QUECS Application Website for Eligible Countries.

Bangladesh

University of Dhaka 

All Masters courses (18-24 months)

Entry requirements:

Four years of undergraduate study.

Contact: [email protected]

eSwatini


University of Eswatini

  • MA History
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MEd Adult Education
  • MEd Curriculum & Teaching
  • MEd Educational Foundations & Management
  • MEd Primary
  • MNSc Family Nurse Practice
  • MSc Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • MSc Agricultural Education
  • MSc Agricultural Extension
  • MSc Animal Science
  • MSc Chemistry
  • MSc Conservation Ecology
  • MSc Consumer Science Education
  • MSc Computational Physics
  • MSc Crop Science
  • MSc Crop Protection
  • MSc Environmental Resources Management
  • MSc Food Science and Technology
  • MSc Horticulture
  • MSc Mathematics
  • MSc Midwifery
  • MSc Textiles

Entry requirements:

Undergraduate degree in a relevant subject area.

Contact: [email protected]

Ghana


Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST), Kumasi

All Master courses (18-24 months)

Entry requirements:

Completion of a relevant degree and two years of work experience after graduating.

Contact: [email protected]

The University of the West Indies


Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago

See website for list of available courses

Entry requirements:

Contact: [email protected]

Kenya


Technical University of Kenya

Courses available:

  • MA Applied Linguistics
  • MA Entrepreneurship
  • Master of Music In Music Education Or African Music Studies
  • Master of Musical Arts In Composition Or Performance
  • MBA Business Administration
  • MEng Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • MPH Public Health
  • MPhil Applied Parasitology
  • MSc Applied Parasitology
  • MSc Applied Statistics
  • MSc Community Nutrition
  • MSc Computational Chemistry
  • MSc Forensic Biochemistry
  • MSc Information And Knowledge Management
  • MSc International Relations
  • MSc Land Administration
  • MSc Mathematical Statistics
  • MSc Mathematics (Pure Or Applied Mathematics)
  • MSc Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • MSc Physics
  • MTech Applied Entomology
  • MTech Applied Parasitology
  • MTech Environmental Resource Management

Contact: [email protected]

University of Nairobi

All Masters courses (18-24 months). See website for available courses.

Entry requirements: N/A

Contact: [email protected]

Malaysia


Universiti Malaya

See website for available courses and entry requirements.

Contact: [email protected]

Universiti Putra Malaysia

See website for available courses.

Entry requirements:

  • Bachelor degree with minimum Cumulative Grade Points Average (CGPA) of 3.75.
  • Compliance with the English requirement with minimum score of 6.0 for International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent.

Contact: pg_admiss[email protected]

Mauritius


University of Mauritius

MPH Master of Public Health (one year full-time programme)

Entry requirements:

Suitable candidates should have a strong academic record with adequate quantitative skills and a background in medicine, health sciences, biological sciences or environmental sciences.

Contact: [email protected]

Pakistan


COMSATS University Islamabad

Courses available:

  • MSc Banking and Finance
  • MSc Bioinformatics
  • MSc Biosciences
  • MSc Biosciences and Molecular Biology
  • MSc Biotechnology
  • MSc Chemical Engineering
  • MSc Chemistry
  • MSc Computer Engineering
  • MSc Computer Science
  • MSc Cyber Security
  • MSc Development Studies
  • MSc Earth Sciences (Applied Geology / Applied Geophysics)
  • MSc Economics
  • MSc Electrical Engineering
  • MSc Environmental Engineering
  • MSc Environmental Sciences
  • MSc Information Security
  • MSc Management Sciences
  • MSc Mathematics
  • MSc Mechanical Engineering
  • MSc Meteorology
  • MSc Microbiology and Immunology
  • MSc Molecular Genetics
  • MSc Molecular Virology
  • MSc Pharmacy
  • MSc Physics
  • MSc Project Management
  • MSc Remote Sensing & Geographic Information System
  • MSc Software Engineering
  • MSc Statistics
  • MSc Sustainable Water Sanitation Health and Development

Entry requirements: N/A

Contact: [email protected]

Rwanda


University of Rwanda

Courses available:

  • MA Development Studies
  • MA Genocide Studies And Prevention
  • MA Peace Studies And Conflict Transformation
  • MA Security Studies
  • MA Translation And Interpreting
  • Master In Field Epidemiology And Laboratory Management
  • Master Of Hospital And Healthcare Administration
  • Master Of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Quality Assurance And Quality Control
  • Master Of Social Sciences In Gender And Development
  • Master Of Social Sciences In Local Governance Studies
  • Masters In Business Law
  • Masters In International Criminal Justice And The Law Of Human Rights
  • MEd Biology Education
  • MEd Chemistry Education
  • MEd Curriculum And Instructions
  • MEd Educational Leadership And Management
  • MEd English Education
  • MEd French Education
  • MEd Kinyarwanda Education
  • MEd Kiswahili Education
  • MEd Mathematics Education
  • MEd Physics Education
  • MEd Special Needs Education
  • MPhil Public Health
  • MSc Accounting
  • MSc Agribusiness
  • MSc Agriculture Engineering With Specialisation In Soil And Water Engineering
  • MSc Agroforestry And Soil Management
  • MSc Animal Production
  • MSc Clinical Psychology And Therapeutics
  • MSc Crop Science
  • MSc Data Science In Biostatistics
  • MSc Data Science In Data Mining
  • MSc Data Science In Demography
  • MSc Data Science In Actuarial Science
  • MSc Data Science In Econometrics
  • MSc Economics
  • MSc Epidemiology
  • MSc Field Epidemiology
  • MSc Health Informatics
  • MSc Health Supply Chain Management
  • MSc Psychiatry
  • MSc Public Health
  • MSc Regulatory Economics And Competition Policy

Entry requirements: N/A


Contact:[email protected]

Tanzania


The State University of Zanzibar

Courses available:


  • MEd Language Education
  • MEd Youth Gender And Development
  • MSc Chemistry
  • MSc Information Technology
  • MSc Natural Resources Management And Climate Change

Entry requirements: N/A

Contact: [email protected]

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships – application FAQs

Eligibility

Who can apply for a Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship (QECS)?

Citizens (or those who hold refugee status) in a Commonwealth country are welcome to apply.

Can I apply for a QECS in my home country/country of citizenship?

No. Applicants must apply for a QECS award in a country other than their home country/country of citizenship.

What do I do if the link in the myACU registration email doesn’t work?

If the direct link does not take you to the application form, please use https://crm.acu.ac.uk/user/login to access the myACU portal. Once you log in you will be able to access the application form through the link in the ‘QECS applications open’ announcement.

Is there an age limit for QECS awards?

No. There is no upper age limit to be eligible for a QECS Award.

Can I apply for a QECS in the final year of my undergraduate degree?

No. You must have already completed your degree and have graduated with an equivalent of a 2:1 at the time of application. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide a copy of your final transcript and degree certificate.

Can I apply for a QECS to study in Canada, the UK or Australia?

No. The QECS awards are only hosted by low and middle income countries. Therefore these awards will not be hosted in Canada, the UK or Australia.

I have started a course but am unable to pay for the fees, can I apply for a QECS to pay the fees?

No. QECS awards are only for new students and cannot be used to fund a course that has already been started.

Can I apply for a QECS to study for an undergraduate degree?

No. QECS are available for master’s degrees only.

Can I apply for a QECS to study for a PhD?

No. QECS are available for master’s degrees only.

The Masters course that I am interested in is longer than two years, can I apply for a QECS for this course?

No. The QECS will only fund two year Masters Courses.

I already have a master’s degree, will this meet the eligibility requirements?

Please check with your preferred university to ensure you meet the entry requirements for your chosen courses.

Applying for a QECS

Which universities are hosts for the current Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship application cycle?

Only those universities listed online are hosting QECS awards for the current application cycle.

The country where I want to study is not listed on the QECS website. Why is this?

The current hosts of the QECS awards are only those listed on the website. If a country/university is not on the website, it means that they are not a host for the current cycle of awards. In some cases this may be due to the timing of the application cycle, for example some institutions have an academic year starting in January/February therefore they would be included in the second cycle of awards. Please keep an eye on the website for more details on those institutions/countries that will be included in the second application cycle.

Please note that QECS awards are only hosted by low and middle income countries. Therefore these awards will not be hosted in Canada, the UK or Australia.

The website mentions that there are two application cycles, why is this the case?

Academic years start at different times across the globe with some starting in July-October and others starting in January-February.

The country that you wish to study in will determine when you need to submit an application. Keep an eye on the website for further details.

What subjects/courses can I study under the QECS?

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships sponsor Master’s Degrees in a broad range of subject areas.

The subject areas available differ according to the Host University and/or Country. Please refer to the QECS homepage for further details.

Can I submit more than one QECS application?

As QECS awards can be held in a variety of Commonwealth Countries, you can submit more than one application as long as they are for different host countries/universities. However if you submit two applications for one host country/university only the first application submitted will be considered.

I applied last year, and I want to apply again, will my last result affect my chances this year?

No. Awards are selected by an independent, objective panel and therefore results from previous years will not be taken into account.

Application form queries

My country is not showing in the drop down list of the application form, why is this?

Applicants cannot apply for an award in their home country/country of citizenship as this is an international programme. If you are attempting to apply for a QECS in a university in your home country you will not find your country in the drop down and should consider applying for an award in another country.

When do I have to upload all of my supporting documents?

You will need to upload your supporting documents before submitting your application.

I have submitted my application and have realized that there are documents that weren’t included or some of the information is incorrect. Am I able to update this information?

No. It is not possible to make any amendments, such as uploading any further documentation, once your application has been submitted. Therefore it is extremely important that you check your application before it is submitted.

Do I need to have been accepted onto a course before I apply for a QECS Scholarship?

No. However, you are encouraged to apply for your chosen course of study before or at the same time as applying for a QECS award. Further guidance on whether you should apply for your course at the same time as the scholarship is explained on the individual QECS university webpages.

What is the English language requirement?

The requirement for English language testing depends on the university that you are intending to study at. Therefore you will need to look at your chosen university’s admissions website to determine whether English language results are required for your admission. Some universities will require for applicants to meet their English language requirement. This often involves submitting the results of an English language test.

English is not my first language but all of my studies were taught in English. Do I need to take an English language test?

This will depend on the University that you are interested in studying at as their entry requirements will differ. If an English language test is required by the University, this is indicated on the University’s QECS page. If you have any further questions regarding the English language requirement please write to the University directly.

I cannot get an academic reference, what can I provide instead?

Academic references are advised, these are usually referees who have taught you or worked with you throughout your academic career. However if you are unable to obtain academic references we would advise that you use professional referees that are able to write you references demonstrating the points outlined on the application form

My internet access is limited. Can I submit a paper copy of the application form?

No. Applications must be submitted online through Online Application System. This system will be used throughout the selection process. We recommend you find alternative internet providers that are available locally.

I forgot my password. What can I do?

You will need click on the “Forgot?” link. This will send an email to reset your password, to the email address that you used for your application. Please check your junk/spam mail to ensure that the email has not been sent there.

Can I still apply if I do not have a valid passport?

Yes, you can submit your application without a valid passport. Instead you can provide your National ID or current invalid passport within the application form. However, if you are selected for an award you will need to ensure that a copy of your passport is valid for the entire period of your stay in your host country and is sent to the CSFP unit so that you flight(s) can be arranged.

Can the deadline for submitting my application be extended?

No. Extensions will not be granted under any circumstances.

English is not my first language but all of my studies were taught in English. Do I need to take an English language test?

This will depend on the University that you are interested in studying at as their entry requirements will differ. If an English language test is required by the University, this is indicated on the University’s QECS page. If you have any further questions regarding the English language requirement please write to the University directly.

University applications

Do I need to apply for admission to my chosen university course separately to the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship application?

Yes. You will need to submit an application for admission to your chosen university course directly to the university in addition to completing a QECS application. On the QECS at University webpage there is guidance on where to find information and who to contact regarding university admission applications.

When do I have to apply for admission to my chosen university courses?

You should visit your chosen university’s website for more information on their admissions procedures and when their applications open.

Do I need to have a university offer letter when applying for a Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship?

No. As some university application cycles will open after the QECS award applications close, you do not need to have secured an offer and received an offer letter at your chosen institution at the time of submitting your QECS application. Please note that The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships at X university webpage will indicate whether you will have to apply to the university at the same time (or after) the QECS application deadline.

Applications for my chosen course do not open before the deadline for submitting my QECS application, what should I do?

You should speak with your chosen university to determine when the applications open. In some instances it will be possible to apply for your course once you have been selected for your award. Please note that this is not (recommended nor is it) possible in all cases.

My university is asking me to pay an application fee, what should I do?

Some universities require an application fee to process your application. The QECS will not pay this deposit and it is your responsibility to secure your university offer. If applications to your chosen university close after the QECS applications close then it may be possible to hold off on completing your university application and paying the application cost at this time. You will need to check when the applications for your chosen course should be submitted by to see whether this is possible.

Funding

What does a QECS cover?

Award recipients receive:

  • Fully-funded tuition fees
  • Living expenses allowance (stipend) for duration of award
  • Return economy flights to their host country
  • An arrival allowance
  • Research support grant – on request only; subject to approval

How much will my allowance be during the scholarship?

If selected, all allowances will be stated in your award letter.

Can I accept another scholarship/additional funding alongside my QECS?

Scholars can have additional funding for purposes not covered by their QECS, however you will need to seek approval from the QECS (CSFP Unit) before any further funding is accepted.

Can I have additional funding for a language course?

All courses undertaken through this scholarship should be taught in English and therefore additional funding for this purpose should not be required.

How can a government, business or individual support the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships?

We are seeking the active support of Commonwealth governments for the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) itself, and for expansion of the CSFP Endowment Fund which funds the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships. Please contact [email protected] for more details.

Selection

When am I likely to hear back regarding the outcome of my application?

The timing of when you will hear the outcome of your application will depend on the application cycle you have applied in.

Cycle 1 applicants for courses starting in July-October should receive the outcome of their application by July of the year of award.

Cycle 2 applicants for courses starting in January-February should receive the outcome of their application by the October prior to the start of award.

Will I receive feedback if my application is unsuccessful?

We are unable to provide individual feedback on why an application has been unsuccessful. However, many of the applications received do not pass through to the next stage (and are not eventually selected) due to a few common reasons.

Failing to follow the application instructions will result in your application being unsuccessful. The selection committee assesses applications using four key criteria:

  • Academic history/references
  • Plan of Study
  • Development Impact and Post Study Outreach
  • Creating Networks

For an application to be considered for selection, applicants must ensure that:

  • Their personal statement is written clearly so that a non-specialist can understand what the aims of the research are and how they will be implemented
  • They clearly outline why they are applying to the courses and institutions listed on their application form. You must tailor these answers to each institution – if you write the same answer for each course/institution or copy and paste text from university websites, then your application will not be considered.
  • They meet all the eligibility requirements for their chosen university course, including having the necessary work experience
  • Two referees are identified and references are provided– references should be detailed and include the content outlined on the application form
  • Include full details about marks/grades gained for particular degrees. Applicants are strongly encouraged to ensure that full supporting documentation is provided at the time of application, in the form of an official transcript.

We strongly advise all applicants to read all of the instructions and FAQs carefully before starting their application, and then complete all of the questions fully.

On award

Can I bring my family with me?

We strongly discourage scholars from bringing dependants with them to their host country. Award allowances are calculated to cover the scholar’s costs only. Scholars will be solely responsible for all welfare and financial arrangements for any accompanying dependants.

If I am awarded a scholarship, will I be able to get in touch with other alumni?

Yes! Once your award has been confirmed, you will be introduced to fellow CSFP scholars on award and alumni. This group will include those on the programme prior to the QECS rebranding who may be at your host institution, from your home country or studying in your home country.

Accommodation

Is accommodation included in my scholarship?

Accommodation is not pre-arranged as part of your award, your living allowance is to be used to cover accommodation costs in addition to other living expenses. Some universities will help with arranging accommodation, however this will need to be discussed with the university directly.

Who pays for my accommodation?

Scholars are responsible for finding, and paying for, their own accommodation, using their QECS stipend, unless stated otherwise. QECS is not able to pay for your accommodation on your behalf.

Can the QECS help me find somewhere to live?

We are limited in the assistance we can provide for accommodation. We encourage you to contact your Host University, or alternatively scholars currently on award, for advice about finding accommodation before travelling to your host country.

Visas, immigration, travel and welfare

Do I need to wait until I have received my visa to book my flight?

Yes, flights will not be booked by the CSFP Unit until you have confirmed receipt of your visa to your host country.

Can I book my own flight and be reimbursed for it?

No, it will not be possible to provide reimbursement for flights booked independently so do refrain from doing so. All flights are booked through the CSFP Unit and our nominated travel agencies. You should not book a flight using any other methods.

Will QECS arrange for my visa to be processed?

No, scholars will need to request support from their host university. Unfortunately it is not possible for us to provide guidance on all global immigration processes.


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