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2015 Commonwealth Scholarships for Developing Commonwealth Countries’ Students

October 25, 2014 Leave a comment

UK Department for International Development (DFID) offers Commonwealth Scholarships for developing countries’ students to pursue Master’s, PhD and split-site (PhD) degree program at UK Universities. Approximately 300 scholarships are awarded each year. The CSC invites around three times more nominations than scholarships available – therefore, nominated candidates are not guaranteed to get a scholarship. There are no quotas for scholarships for any individual country. The application deadline for these Commonwealth Scholarships is 3rd December 2014.

Study Subject(s):
Scholarships are awarded in all subject areas offered at UK universities, although the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to applications that demonstrate strong relevance to development.
Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing Master’s, PhD and split-site (PhD) degree program at UK Universities.
Scholarship Provider: UK Department for International Development (DFID)
Scholarship can be taken at: UK

To apply for the awards covered in this prospectus, candidates should:
-Be Commonwealth citizens, refugees, or British protected persons
-Be permanent resident in a developing Commonwealth country (a full list is available at
-Be available to commence their academic studies in the United Kingdom by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2015
-Hold, by October 2015, a first degree of upper second class Honours standard (or above); or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification, which will normally be a Master’s degree and
-The Commission wishes to promote equal opportunity, gender equity and cultural exchange. Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Students of developing Commonwealth country (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Virgin Islands (British) and Zambia) can apply for these Commonwealth scholarships.

Scholarship Description:
Since their inception in 1959, nearly 30,000 individuals have benefited from the award of Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships to pursue advanced academic study in other Commonwealth countries. About three quarters of awards have been tenable in the United Kingdom. The vast majority of award holders have returned to make a significant contribution to their home countries, in many cases at the highest level, making the award scheme one of the largest and most prestigious in the world. The Commonwealth Scholarships offered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) for Master’s and PhD study for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries in 2015-2016. The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s Secretariat is provided by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), which is responsible for all matters concerning selection, academic studies, and evaluation. The British Council is responsible for supporting award holders in their home countries before and after their awards.

Number of award(s): Approximately 300 scholarships are awarded each year.

Duration of award(s):-About 12 months’ support towards completion of a full-time taught postgraduate qualification at an eligible UK institution. Please note that the Commission offers awards for one-year Master’s programmes only, and does not fund MBAs
-Up to 36 months’ support towards completion of a full-time doctoral postgraduate qualification at an eligible UK institution

What does it cover? Each Scholarship provides:
-Student concessionary or other approved airfare to the United Kingdom and return on expiry of the Scholarship (the cost of journeys made before final award confirmation will not normally be reimbursed, nor can fares be paid for a Scholar’s dependants)
-Approved tuition and examination fees
-A personal maintenance allowance at the rate of £977 per month (£1,208 per month for those studying at institutions in the London Metropolitan area) – rates quoted at 2014-2015 levels
-A grant towards the expenses of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable
-An initial arrival allowance, including visa reimbursement where applicable
-A grant for expenses for approved study travel within the United Kingdom or overseas
-A contribution towards fieldwork costs for those Scholars undertaking doctoral studies for whom a case has been made for fieldwork outside the United Kingdom. This shall not normally exceed one economy class return airfare to the fieldwork location
-A paid mid-term fare to their home country for Scholars on three year doctoral awards. Scholars for whom fieldwork fares are provided to their home country shall not be entitled to a mid-term fare home, nor Scholars who have claimed (or intend to claim) spouse or child allowances for more than 12 months during their award
-For Scholars selected by the Commission for awards exceeding 18 months, a spouse allowance of £220 per month is payable provided that the Scholar and spouse are residing together at the same address in the United Kingdom. It is not paid when the spouse is also in receipt of an award. For Scholars accompanied by their spouse and children, a child allowance is payable at the rate of £138 per month for the first child, and £108 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, provided they are residing with their parents. The Commission’s spouse and family allowances represent only a contribution towards the costs of family maintenance in the UK and Scholars should expect and be able to supplement these allowances to support family members who choose to come to the UK.
-Irrespective of the length of the award, a Scholar who is widowed, divorced or a lone parent will receive an allowance in respect of the first accompanying child and child allowances for the second and third accompanying children.

Selection Criteria: Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:
-Academic merit of the candidate
-The quality of the proposal
-The likely impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country.

Notification: Candidates will be notified of their provisional selection by the Commission: that is, a selection of the award subject to the Commission agreeing the terms of admission to the university/institution. Candidates will be given a formal Notification of Award – the offer of a Scholarship – as soon as terms of admission to the university/institution have been agreed. Formal confirmation of the award will be issued when all conditions of the Notification of Award have been met. Scholars will be expected to take up the award from the date stated by the Commission in its Notification of Award.

How to Apply: All applications must be made through your nominating agency (or university/university body, if applicable) in your home country. You must check with them in the first instance for specific advice on how to make an application and for their own closing date. The CSC cannot accept any applications direct from candidates for these scholarships. The CSC expects all Commonwealth Scholarship candidates to be nominated by an approved nominating agency/university/university body, and to have completed an application form using Electronic Application System (EAS).

Scholarship Application Deadline: All Scholarship candidates must submit their application using the EAS by 3 December 2014.

Read more: 2015 Commonwealth Scholarships for Developing Countries Scholarship Positions 2014 2015

Application Deadline 3rd December 2014

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application

In Demand Jobs Abroad

October 21, 2014 Leave a comment

If you’re thinking about a move overseas you might have considered careers such as doctor, engineer or nurse, but what about bee keeper or wine maker? Jobs that are seemingly undervalued in Zimbabwe and Africa in general, tend to be the jobs that are the mobile internationally. Motor Mechanics, plumbers, carpenters, boilermakers and bricklayers (builders) for example are in high demand in Australia and Canada.

With so many skilled people roaming the streets in Zimbabwe it is a shame that they do not realise how valuable their skills are. Others are furthering their education, getting qualifications that give them very little leverage and very little room to find jobs elsewhere. While most people like the concept of dressing smart for work, I find that it is the trades and skilled workers that are highly mobile in today’s world. As they say, we now live in a global village, so it is a plan to tailor your skills to suit the global environment.

As a skilled trades-person myself, I encourage the youth to learn a trade. It is easy to make a living on your own, should you not find employment. It is also easy to migrate, because skills are in short supply worldwide. So choose your career carefully, if you still have the chance to.

In my experience, I may be wrong, but I have found that legal personnel to be the least globally mobile. For one, the law is different in every country and needs some form of conversion before one can practice. Think about it, if you are to get a job abroad, for your employer to get you a work Permit, they must justify that they cannot fill the position locally. Some jobs are hard to justify, for instance sales jobs, unless you are extremely good.

A few tips for building an international career


Most countries require people with experience. Even if you work for free, once you have experience under your belt, it is easy to move to greener pastures. It is not advisable to relocate soon after graduation unless you have an offer at hand or you are going to further your studies. Most countries will allow you to extend your visa so that you can gain some experience.

While you are getting experience, it is also wise to increase your network. Go to trade shows, training events so as to meet others in your field. Most jobs are not advertised, they are handed over by word of mouth.Get onto LinkedIn and similar social media platforms. Write and comment in discussions to show you are an expert in your field. Be forward thinking. I know many people who swear never to go onto social media, but this is how the world is moving, so its best to get onto that wagon.

It goes without saying that if you become a master of your trade, you ‘gift will make room for you.’ When you are good at what you do, you will get headhunted and that makes life just a a little bit sweeter and the move a little bit better. Be the best and you are sure to get headhunted.

Based on data gathered from Robinsons’ 15,000 international relocations completed in the last 12 months, it has cross referenced its most popular emigration destinations – Australia, America, Canada, New Zealand and Spain – with the most sought-after jobs in each country.

And while medics, engineers and the professional services are wanted across the board, there are also a few surprises, with New Zealand needing bee keepers and wine makers, Canada in short supply of chefs, and Australia wanting map makers.

The most unusual jobs across the five destinations were:

Bee keeper
Wine maker
Stallion master


For those considering Australia, the most in-demand sectors are currently medical (including doctors, sonographers, nurses, dentists) the professional services (accountants, lawyers), engineering and construction (architects, project managers, surveyors), as well as teaching, telecoms and IT, and skilled-trades.

However, there are also some more unusual roles making the list, including cartographer (a map maker), locksmith, shipwright (specialist ship builder), lift mechanic, forester and stallion master (horse trainer). And with the average Australian wage currently around $72,000 (£42,700), it’s a lot more appealing than the UK equivalent of £28,000. Find out more about working in Australia.
It’s worth checking out the latest government guidelines for the most ‘in-demand’ skills and of course, going through the correct visa procedures

United Kingdom
•Tier 1 General visa: for highly skilled migrants seeking employment in the UK, self employed immigrants or immigrants setting up a business,
•Tier 1 Investor visa: designed for those investing large sums of money in the UK,
•Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa: ideal for those setting up or taking over the running of businesses,
•Tier 1 Post-study visa: if you are studying now or have studied in the past in the UK this route is suitable for you.

USA and Canada

Meanwhile, in America, its pharmacists that are the most marketable and they can expect to earn an average of $113,000. However, software engineers are also in demand, commanding a median annual income of $90,530, while physical therapy and speech language pathology also make the list. Discover what it’s like to work in the USA.

Heading further north to Canada, the most in-demand roles are for restaurant and food service managers, medical professionals, skilled and trades people, engineers, construction workers in a variety of sectors, and chefs or cooks. Get advice on the job market in Canada.

New Zealand
The furthest-away destination on the list, New Zealand, is geared towards agricultural roles, as well as construction, nursing and engineering. However, it is also after a more niche skill-set, including Apiray (bee keeping), Arborary (tree surgeon), beef and chicken cattle farmers, and wine makers. Find out about visas, work experience and what it’s like to work in New Zealand.


Spain is currently after professionals with engineering, customer service, IT, finance, online marketing, skilled trades, and language teaching experience. Discover where to look for vacancies and get more information on working in Spain.

Ian Brown, head of international moving at Robinsons Relocation, said, ‘Last year, more than 153,000 people emigrated from the UK, many of who were pursuing careers overseas. Whatever you’re planning on doing for work, it’s worth checking out the latest government guidelines for the most ‘in-demand’ skills and of course, going through the correct visa procedures.

1. Electrical Technician
2. Carpenter
3. Pipe Fitter
4. Scaffolder
5. Steel Fixer
6. Mason
7. Welder
8. Quality Control/Assurance Inspector
9. Light Duty Driver
10. Rigger
11. Waiter
12. Service Crew
13. Aluminum Technician
14. Foreman
15. Plumber
16. Design Engineer
17. Machine Operator
18. Iron Worker
19. Industrial Electricians
20. Tig Welder
21. Janitor/Janitress
22. Mechanical Design Engineer
23. Barista
24. Baker, and
25. Room Attendant.

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