The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) has invited the University of Ghana to nominate a suitable candidate for a Commonwealth Full Time Doctoral Scholarship tenable in the United Kingdom from September/October 2019. In line with this, ORID wishes to bring to your attention that it is currently accepting applications for institutional nomination from eligible faculty members from your Unit.


Awards are tenable at any approved UK university or higher education institution with which the CSC has part-funding agreement. A list of these institutions is available at http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/uk-universities/part-funding and is also attached to this letter. Awards are no longer offered to complete PhD study already underway in the UK. PhD scholarships are offered under the following development themes and all applications must therefore be made under any one of the following 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
  • Access, inclusion and opportunity


Commonwealth Scholarships are aimed at individuals who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK. Every applicant will be required to sign a declaration that they do not have access to sufficient funds to study in the UK.  All nominated candidates should hold full-time teaching posts with UG, at the time of their application, to which they intend to return following any scholarship. 



  • Applicants must provide a supporting statement from a named supervisor from at least one of the UK universities to which they are applying.
  • Applicants must hold, a first degree of at least a second-class upper (2:1) honours standard or a second-class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (normally a Master’s degree).
  • The selected candidate must be able to take up their award at the commencement of the academic year in September/October 2019. Deferments are granted in only the most exceptional circumstances and will not be considered for start dates beyond January 2020.
  • Candidates are expected to state at least one, and are strongly advised to, propose three institutions of study on their application.




Online application made using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS) at the following address https://fs29.formsite.com/m3nCYq/form60/index.html using the “Applicant’s Portal” by Monday 17th December, 2018. A copy of the “How to Apply” guide is attached for detailed information on the EAS application process.

As this process is being managed by ORID, we would like to draw your attention to SECTION THREE of the EAS application which requests for information on the nominating body. Applicants should enter the following email address orid-researchadmin@ug.edu.gh to ensure that ORID receives the automatic email from the EAS to provide the necessary information. (A guarantee cannot be made that an endorsement on an application will be made if the correct email address as indicated above is not provided in the EAS).


Applicant submits a printed copy of their EAS application to the Office of Research, Innovation and Development (ORID), with a duly endorsed “UG-Institutional Nomination Form for Commonwealth Scholarships (UG-INFfCS)” latest by 5:00pm on Wednesday 19th December 2018.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to study the scholarship prospectus to ensure that all the relevant application requirements are fulfilled. Copies of the prospectus for the available awards are attached for guidance. The prospectus may also be downloaded from the websites provided on the previous pages. Also attached is the selection criteria for the Fellowships.



Shortlisted applicants attend interview organized by ORID as part of the Institutional Nomination Process.
A nomination by the University of Ghana does not automatically guarantee selection or placement in the United Kingdom. The final selection will be made by CSC and will be based on the academic merit of their application, the quality of the research proposal and the potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country.


Completion of application in the EAS    -  Monday December 17, 2018
Submission of paper copy of EAS application to ORID – Wednesday December 19, 2018




  • The EAS will not be available to applicants applying from UG after December 17, 2018.
  • University of Ghana will be using only the EAS for its nominations and would therefore not be considering paper applications made outside of the EAS.
  • The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission will not accept applications from individuals.
  • ORID will only accept institutional nomination forms that have been duly endorsed by the Dean/Director of the applicant’s School/Institute.
  • Late applications shall not be considered and will be returned.