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Queen Elizabeth Scholarships for Students from Commonwealth Countries

Deadline: May 24, 2022

Applications for the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships (QECS) are now open. The scholarships offer a unique opportunity to study a two-year Master’s degree in a low or middle-income Commonwealth country.

The aim of the  Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships (QECS) is to award 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.


  • 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.
  • QECS are available for master’s degrees only.


The University of the South Pacific (USP)

  • LLM Law
  • MA Applied Linguistics
  • MA Development Studies (by thesis or SRP*)
  • MA Diplomacy & International Affairs (by coursework)
  • MA Education
  • MA Environmental Management
  • MA Geography
  • MA Governance (by coursework & by thesis or SRP*)
  • MA History
  • MA Journalism
  • MA Linguistics
  • MA Literature
  • MA Marine Management
  • MA Mathematics
  • MA Pacific Studies
  • MA Politics/ International Affairs (by thesis or SRP*)
  • MA Psychology
  • MA Social Policy
  • MA Sociology
  • Master of Agriculture (Thesis)
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Environmental Law
  • MCom Accounting (Thesis)
  • MCom Economics (by coursework or by thesis)
  • MCom Land Management (by thesis or SRP*)
  • MCom Management & Public Administration (by coursework & by thesis or SRP
  • MCom Official Statistics
  • MCom Population Studies and Demography
  • MCom Professional Accounting
  • MCom Tourism & Hospitality Management (by thesis or SRP)
  • MSc Engineering
  • MSc Physics
  • MSc Biology
  • MSc Chemistry
  • MSc Climate Change
  • MSc Computing Science
  • MSc Earth Science
  • MSc Environmental Science
  • MSc Geospatial Science
  • MSc Information Systems
  • MSc Marine Science
  • MSc Mathematics

Entry requirements

See university website for individual course requirements.

Contact: international@usp.ac.fj

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea University of Technology

  • MSc Agriculture
  • MSc Applied Physics
  • MTech Exploration Geophysics
  • Master of Communication Studies
  • MEng Civil Engineering
  • MEng Communication Engineering
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering

Contact: pamela.dubaba@pnguot.ac.pg

South Africa

North-West University

  • MA Positive Psychology
  • Master of Consumer Sciences
  • Master of Health Sciences in Cardiovascular Physiology
  • Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Psychology
  • Master of Health Sciences in Counselling Psychology
  • Master of Health Sciences in Health Professions Education
  • Master of Health Sciences in Human Movement Sciences
  • Master of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene
  • Master of Health Sciences in Psychology
  • Master of Health Sciences in Recreation Science
  • Master of Health Sciences in Research Psychology
  • Master of Health Sciences in Transdisciplinary Health Promotion
  • Master of Nursing Science
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Social Work in Child Protection
  • Master of Social Work in Forensic Practice
  • MPharm Pharmacy Practice
  • MSc Dietetics
  • MSc Nutrition
  • MSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • MSc Pharmaceutics
  • MSc PharmacologySee website for entry requirements.

    Applicants are required to submit a university application at the same time as their scholarship application.

    Contact: Marietjie.Ackermann@nwu.ac.za

Rhodes University

Courses are available in the following areas:

  • MSc Science courses
  • MA Humanities courses
  • MCOM Commerce courses
  • LLM Law
  • MPharm Pharmacy
  • Masters Education

Please visit the Rhodes University website to see individual courses. You will need to provide the specific course title when completing your application form.

See website for entry requirements.

Contact: academicadmin@ru.ac.za

Stellenbosch University

  • MEng Process Engineering
  • MPhil Peadiatrics
  • MPhil Infectious DiseasesSee website for entry requirements

Contact: info@sun.ac.za

University of Johannesburg

Courses available in the following departments:

  • Health and Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Engineering and Mathematics Accountancy and Finance
  • Social sciences
  • Arts and Humanities

See university website for course information and entry requirements.

Contact: rdmbatha@uj.ac.za

University of Pretoria (UP)

Available courses

Master Research courses and not coursework. Visit the UP website for further information.

Applicants are required to submit a university application before their scholarship application.

University of Venda

  • Health and Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences and Mathematical Sciences
  • Human and Social Sciences
  • Management Sciences and Law
  • Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Education

Entry requirements

Minimum 60% average at Honours level for admission in Masters degree.

Contact: research@univen.ac.za


Friedrich Ebert Foundation Scholarship for International Students in Germany

Sri Lanka

University of Colombo 

  • MSc Molecular Life Sciences
  • MSc Cellular and Molecular Immunology

Entry requirements

Applicant must be graduates in subjects relating to biology, medicine (western), dentistry, veterinary science or agricultural sciences.

Contact: info@ibmbb.cmb.ac.lk

University of Sri Jayewardenepura Sri Lanka (USJ)

  • Master of Business Administration

Entry requirements

Bachelor’s degree and three years of managerial experience.

Contact: admin@pim.sjp.ac.lk

How to Apply

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.

For More Information, Visit QECS webpage.

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