MSc Plant Science and Biotechnology Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme

How to apply

Deadline for applications 16:00 (UK time) 18 December 2019

Stage 1

  • Applicants MUST first apply for a relevant taught programme of study and be in receipt of a Student Application Number to be eligible to apply for this scholarship. Applications without a valid Student Application Number will be rejected
  • These awards are only available to applicants who are liable to pay academic fees at the International fee rate
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the University’s English Language requirements by 18 December 2019. Some Schools require a standard of English higher than the University minimum. You should have a valid test result, which is no more than two years old by your official start date at the University of Leeds

Stage 2

Please note that, due to the large volume of applications, the Postgraduate Scholarships Office will not enter into any correspondence regarding the progress of an application until the outcome is known.

Further information

Funded jointly by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the University of Leeds, these 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.

This scholarship provides fees, a maintenance allowance (£13,320 in 2019-20), return economy travel and other allowances.

The scholarships are offered under six themes: Science and technology for development; Strengthening health systems and capacity; Promoting global prosperity; Strengthening global peace, security and governance; Strengthening resilience and response to crises and Access, inclusion and opportunity.

To apply for these scholarships, you 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 your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2020
  • By September 2020, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree). The CSC typically does not fund a second UK Master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you will need to provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study.
  • 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 without this scholarship

Please also refer to the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Terms and Conditions for further information.

The award is offered for the following courses from the Faculty of Biological Sciences:

MSc Plant Science and Biotechnology

Please visit the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission website for further information.


For applicants to one-year full-time Taught Master's courses in selected areas of study. Please see 'Further Information' for more detail.

How are the scholarships awarded?

Each School selects a shortlist of applicants who they wish to recommend for the award. The Group on Scholarships, Studentships and Prizes then meets to consider the shortlists and select the recommendations for awards and reserves, which is then sent to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission for final approval. Applicants can expect to be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of May 2020. The University will use the data provided in the application form for internal selection and statistical purposes and publish the names of the successful applicants within the University and externally on the University website.

Number of scholarships available

Up to 9

Partner institute (name)

Commonwealth Scholarships

Partner institute (url)