The University of Birmingham in partnership with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) is offering Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme for students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the United Kingdom. Only eligible persons will be considered for this program. The Scholarship is totally Sponsored by the UK Government. This help students from Trinidad and Tobago achieve their dreams educationally. Applicants are to ensure that they comply with the eligibility criteria to avoid disqualification.
What You need to know about Commonwealth Scholarship
The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme is a joint initiative between the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UK universities, including the University of Birmingham, to jointly support scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the United Kingdom. The Commonwealth Scholarships are intended for students from developing Commonwealth countries who wants to pursue Master’s and PhD study in the UK.
These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Each Scholarship provides airfare to and from United Kingdom, tuition and examination fees, personal maintaining allowance, thesis grant (if applicable), initial arrival allowance, among others.
The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) awards over 800 scholarships and fellowships for postgraduate study and professional development to Commonwealth citizens each year.
The CSC aims to contribute to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, support excellence in UK higher education, and sustain the principles of the Commonwealth. Candidates are selected on the basis of merit and their potential to contribute to the needs of their home countries.
Level/Field of study:
The scholarships are available for pursuing Postgraduate taught Masters programme in Cancer Sciences, Economic Development and Regeneration, Economics.
The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship for Trinadad & Tobago Students, 2018 is hosted by the University of Birmingham, UK
Scholarship is open to international students from Trinidad and Tobago who wish to study and have received unconditional or conditional admission into University of Birmingham.
These opportunities has value that is financed jointly by the University and the DFID. The award will cover:
- Full tuition fees
- Maintenance stipend
- Airfare to and from the United Kingdom
- Immigration Health Surcharge costs
- A one-off arrival allowance payment of approximately £950
- Thesis expenses of £225
- Study travel grant up to £200
- Excess baggage allowance for books up to 10kg on the return flight
The Commonwealth Scholarships for Trinadad & Tobago Students 2018-2019 has only one offer.
The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:
- are nationals of a Commonwealth developing country, and not at present living or studying in a developed country;
- have not undertaken studies lasting one year or more in a developed country;
- are themselves, or through their families, unable to pay to study in the United Kingdom;
- agree to return to their own country to work or study as soon as the award ends. The commission will only consider requests to extend leave to remain in the UK post-award for those wishing to move from Masters to PhD study. Strict conditions will apply.
- DFID requires that the University certifies when submitting its shortlist of candidates that they are sufficiently proficient in the English language to cope with the course for which they have applied. This will normally mean that you will have to have satisfied any requirements concerning competence in the English language which are a condition of your offer of admission.
- Candidates must also have been offered a place at the University of Birmingham on one of the following postgraduate programmes:
- MSc Clinical Oncology (School of Cancer Studies)
- MSc Development Economics (Dept of Economics)
- In order to apply for this scholarship, you must submit an application to both the University of Birmingham and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.
- You can complete the University’s application via our online Commonwealth Shared Scholarship application form once the competition opens. You may submit the application form before you have received an offer from the University, however, you must have secured your offer before the deadline of 31 March 2018 in order to be considered for a scholarship.
- To submit your Commonwealth Scholarship Commission application, you must complete the Commission’s Electronic Application System (EAS). Guidance on completing this form can be found at Link.
Currently, this scholarship is unavailable but we shall keep you posted on the new date.
What are the basic things I need to know before applying for UK student visa in Trinidad and Tobago
The Tier 4 – Student (Adult) visa is for students who intend to undertake any post-16 education at a United Kingdom institution in a full time course. The Tier 4 – Student (Adult) visa is flexible and allows students to participate in both short and long term courses of at least 6 months in duration.
To qualify, students must have a confirmed offer of enrolment from a licensed education provider (sponsor), be able to maintain and accommodate themselves (or be maintained and accommodated by a host) while they are studying and show that they are able to pay their course fees.
Tier 4 – Student (Adult) Visa Basic Requirements
The UK Home Office has set specific requirements that all applicants must meet in order to apply for a Student visa under the Tier 4 (Adult) category.
Applicants will be required to show that they have been accepted into a recognised course of study at an approved UK institution, licensed by the UK Home Office. Applicants will also be required to provide evidence that they have sufficient funds (maintenance) available to support themselves whilst in the UK without undertaking employment, other than part time and vacation work permitted for adult students.
Tier 4 – Student (Adult) Visa Entitlements
Successful applicants will be granted a visa in line with the length of their initial course of study.
The Tier 4 – Student (Adult) visa offers the student the benefit of developing an educational base in the UK while being permitted to work between 10 to 20 hours per week during term periods, depending on the course of study. Tier 4 – Student (Adult) visa holders are permitted to work full time during vacation periods without seeking further permission from the UK Home Office.
In some instances, graduate level students may be able to switch into a working visa category that could lead to settlement in the UK.
How do I apply and obtain a UK study visa in Trinidad and Tobago
To apply for a UK visa in Trinidad and Tobago you need to:
Apply online and follow the instructions to:
- pay your fee
- book your appointment
You have the option to pay your fee online using a credit card when making your application. Alternatively you can make payment in cash when attending your appointment at the visa application centre.
Your appointment will be at the British High Commission in Port of Spain– here you will:
- submit your application form and supporting documents
- have your photo and fingerprints (known as ‘biometric information’) taken
UK Citizens and Residents in Trinadad & Tobago who require consular services can contact the UK Embassy in Chevening Scholarships in Trinadad & Tobago through the contact details listed below:
British High Commission Port of Spain
19 St Clair Avenue
Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago
Telephone:+ 1 868 350 0444
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