Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships

MSc Global Health – September 2024 Entry

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships

How can I get a conditional offer from LSTM?

With your application, you need to provide contact details for 2 referees (who need to be able to respond quickly), plus:

  • Evidence of previous qualifications – i.e. your undergraduate degree certificate and transcripts.
  • Personal statement about why you want to do the programme and how it fits in with your career / aspirations
  • Copy of your passport
  • Two References (these can follow and be a condition of any offer)
  • Evidence that you meet LSTM’s English language requirements.  English can follow and be a condition of offer.

Scholarship eligibility

To apply for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship via the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission's Electronic Application System (EAS) candidates need:

  • Copy of valid passport or national ID card showing photograph, date of birth, and country of citizenship – uploaded to the online application system
  • List names and positions of two referees who are qualified to comment on both the candidate’s capacity to benefit from the proposed scholarship.  One referee must be the current employer (if applicable).
  • An offer letter to start chosen course of study in the 2024-2025 academic year – uploaded to the online application system.
  • Full transcripts detailing all higher education qualifications (with certified translations if not in English) – uploaded to the online application system

Candidates must fulfil the following CSC eligibility criteria:

  • Be a citizen of or be granted refugee status from an eligible commonwealth country or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country

Eligible commonwealth countries:

The Gambia

Papua New Guinea
St Helena
St Lucia
St Vincent & the Grenadines
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Sri Lanka

Selection process

The Scholarship Committee is chaired by the Dean of Education and meets to agree on the distribution of awards.  Eligible students who have completed both the CSC scholarship form AND the LSTM scholarship form are considered on the following criteria:

  1. If conditions of the offer are met
  2. Academic merit
  3. Impact of studies on career/and or home country as outlined on the personal statement.

A transparent scoring process takes place following the scholarship deadline which includes the Programme Administrator and Director of Studies scoring if the applicant has met the conditions.

The CSC will not accept supporting documentation submitted outside the online application system.

LSTM normal Scholarship Terms and Conditions apply

LSTM offer a range of partial and full scholarships to our Masters and Diploma programmes, which are awarded on the basis of student merit and engagement.  LSTM reserves the right to withdraw the scholarships if students are subsequently found to be ineligible or if these terms and conditions are not adhered to. 

As a LSTM scholarship holder, you are required to:

  • Accept the scholarship by the given deadline. LSTM reserves the right to withdraw the offer of a scholarship if it is not accepted by the given deadline.  
  • Meet any conditions attached to your academic offer.  
  • Register on your academic course by the given start date. Scholarships may not be deferred to the following academic year.  
  • Seek permission and obtain consent from the Fellowships and Scholarships Committee before making any changes to your programme of study, this includes changing course title, course transfers, suspending studies, etc. Please note that approval is not guaranteed.  Where changes are made without prior approval, the scholarship will be withdrawn and you may be required to repay the scholarship in full.
  • Make satisfactory progress on your programme of study.  The scholarship is subject to satisfactory progress. 

As a LSTM scholarship holder, the following terms will apply:

  • A student can only be in receipt of one LSTM scholarship. If you meet the eligibility criteria for more than one of the scholarships or discounts, you will be awarded the scholarship which is most beneficial to you as determined by the Fellowships and Scholarships Committee.
  • All scholarships will be given as a tuition fee remission.
  • All scholarships, unless otherwise specified, are non-deferrable. If you are offered a scholarship and then choose to defer your place, the offer of the scholarship will be withdrawn and you will have to re-apply or will be reconsidered for the scholarship again the following year.
  • Breaks from study or long-term illness, resulting in suspension of studies will lead to the termination of the scholarship.
  • Unauthorised breaks from study will result in the termination of the scholarship unless prior authorisation has been given.  Students need to update LSTM in the first instance of any change to their circumstances that will result in suspension or termination of studies before the completion of their programme. 
  • Should the terms and conditions not be met, termination of the scholarship or award is at the discretion of the Fellowships & Scholarships Committee.
  • The recipient agrees to participate in press and PR opportunities as required and to their reports being used on the LSTM website and in printed publications and reports.  Scholarship recipients agree to participate in promotional activity as part of raising the profile of scholarship impact.  This may include activity such as student testimonials, LSTM social media channels, website and other marketing materials.
  • Any additional terms and conditions will be confirmed to the recipient in writing.