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Commonwealth Scholarships in Nigeria 2025


Commonwealth Scholarships in Nigeria 2025

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK offers a variety of scholarships each year for citizens of Commonwealth countries to pursue postgraduate studies at UK universities. Nigeria, as a member of the Commonwealth, is eligible to participate in this scholarship program. Here are the key details about Commonwealth scholarships for Nigerian students for the 2025 academic year:



To be eligible for a Commonwealth Scholarship in 2025, an applicant must:


Be a citizen of Nigeria

Have at least an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree equivalent

Demonstrate academic merit and leadership potential

Not be a dual citizen of the UK or have been a resident in the UK for the past 3 years

Intend to return to Nigeria after completing my studies in the UK


Scholarship Types

There are two main types of Commonwealth scholarships available for Nigerians:


Commonwealth Shared Scholarships: Fully funded scholarships that cover tuition fees, a monthly stipend, and travel costs. Subject areas supported include master’s and PhD programs in areas like agriculture, ICT, engineering, etc.

Commonwealth Self-Financed Scholarships: Partially-funded scholarships for Nigerians who can contribute some funds toward their tuition and living costs. The scholarship provides a stipend and travel allowance. More flexible subject areas are accepted.


Application Process

The application process begins in early 2024 and involves these key steps:


Choose a master’s or PhD program at a UK university. Make sure the program starts in October 2025.

Register and create an account on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s scholarship portal.

Complete the online application form providing personal and academic details.

Write a statement of purpose and research proposal explaining your study plans.

Upload transcripts, certificates, language test scores, and reference letters.

Verify all information and apply before the deadline of November 2024.

Selected candidates will be notified in April 2025 for interviews which will be conducted online or in-country.

Final scholarship offer letters will be issued by June 2025 to allow successful candidates to obtain a UK student visa.


Scholarship Awardees Support

Commonwealth scholars receive ongoing guidance and support throughout their studies in the UK. This includes funding for scientific conferences, fieldwork, research, and dissertation costs. Networking events and leadership development programs are also organized. Upon returning to Nigeria, scholars have access to an alumni association for career support.


This provides a comprehensive overview of Commonwealth scholarships for Nigerian students pursuing postgraduate studies in the UK in 2025. The high-quality, fully-funded scholarships are a great opportunity for Nigerians to demonstrate academic excellence, leadership skills, and commitment to giving back to their home country. Early preparation and meeting application deadlines are key to securing one of these prestigious awards.


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