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Scholarships and financial support

Scholarships, grants, bursaries, financial awards, loans… there are many financial support options for international students who wish to study on a UK course. 

You can search for UK scholarships and find out more on the scholarships and financial support page of the Study UK website.


The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is an international programme under which member governments offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commonwealth countries. The CSFP was established at the first Commonwealth Education Conference in 1959, and over 27,000 individuals including citizens of Zimbabwe, have benefited.

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) is responsible for managing Britain’s contribution to the CSFP. CSC awards over 900 scholarships and fellowships for postgraduate study and professional development to Commonwealth citizens each year. Awards in the UK are funded by the Department for International Development (for developing Commonwealth countries), the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Scottish Government (for developed Commonwealth countries), in conjunction with UK universities.

The CSC makes available the following types of awards

What financial support does the plan cover?

The scholarships and fellowships cover most costs associated with your study/time in the UK. This can include, where appropriate, return airfares, tuition fees, personal maintenance costs, study and other allowances.

Eligibility criteria and how to apply

The eligibility criteria and application process for each type of scholarship and fellowship vary. 

A prospectus giving the eligibility criteria and application guidelines for each programme is available on the CSC Website at:    


Visit the CSC website for information about Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships in the UK 

Visit the CSFP website for information about Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships in countries other than the UK 

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Commonwealth Scholarship Alumni

Over 27,000 individuals globally have held Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships, forming an alumni community with wide interests and high achievements.

If you are a former Commonwealth Scholar or Fellow from Zimbabwe and have not registered as an alumni member, please send an email to so we can send you the registration forms. Your details will be updated on the CSC database. 

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