Scholarships Merit-based Need-based
The Association of Commonwealth Universities

The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships

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Various benefits
5 countries
24 May 2024
Application deadline


The ACU is committed to delivering educational opportunities that make a positive and lasting difference. One of the ways they do this is through the management of world-class international mobility and scholarship schemes that build enduring international connections and understanding between individuals, institutions, and nations.


Scholarship type

Merit and need based

Number of scholarships to award



Full tuition waiver + other benefits

Scholarship coverage

  • tuition fee reduction
  • living expenses
  • accommodation
  • travel expenses
  • other


The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships (QECS)  offer a unique opportunity to study a two-year Master's degree in a low or middle income Commonwealth country.

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.

Applicable programmes


The scholarships cover the following:

Fully-funded tuition fees.

Living allowance (stipend) for duration of award.

Return economy flights to host country.

One-off arrival allowance.

Research Support Grant (on request only; subject to approval).


  • Must be citizens (or those who hold refugee status) in a Commonwealth country.
  • Please check with your preferred university to ensure you meet the entry requirements for your chosen courses.


Scholarship requirements




5 countries


47 nationalities

Study experience required

High school




Application deadline

24 May 2024

Only universities listed on the QECS homepage are hosts for the current application cycle.

The application form consists of the following sections:


Personal Details

Academic & Employment Record

Course at host university details


Upload supporting documents (including references)

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.

Plagiarism is not allowed. Applications shown to be plagiarised will not be considered.


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