Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships aim to stimulate development in Commonwealth countries by helping talented students to access carefully chosen, high-quality postgraduate courses offered by UK universities. The University of Liverpool’s 100% online, APHEA-accredited Master of Public Health has been selected for 10 Distance Learning Scholarships.

To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you must:

  1. Be a citizen of a developing Commonwealth country (see below) and be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country (see below). Refugees and British protected persons resident in these countries are also eligible to apply.
  2. Be admitted to the University of Liverpool online MPH, meeting all of the entry requirements, and following the normal admissions procedure.
  3. Be able to start the MPH programme on 28 September 2017.

Scholarship applications must be submitted by 12 May 2017.

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Eligible countries

Anguilla Fiji Malaysia Rwanda Swaziland
Antigua and Barbuda Ghana Maldives St Helena Tanzania
Bangladesh Gibraltar Mauritius St Kitts and Nevis Tonga
Barbados Grenada Montserrat St Lucia Trinidad and Tobago
Belize Guyana Mozambique St Vincent and The Grenadines Turks and Caicos
Bermuda India Namibia Samoa Tuvalu
Botswana Jamaica Nauru Seychelles Uganda
Cameroon Kenya Nigeria Sierra Leone Vanuatu
Cayman Islands Kiribati Pakistan Solomon Islands Virgin Islands (British)
Dominica Lesotho Papua New Guinea South Africa Zambia
Falkland Islands Malawi Pitcairn Islands Sri Lanka Zimbabwe*

* Awards offered to build the capacity of civil society organisations.

How to apply

Before you can apply for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship, you must apply for the MPH online programme and be admitted by the University. Please complete the details in the Request Information section below and an Enrolment Advisor will contact you to help you through the application process. Please tell your Enrolment Advisor that you wish to apply for this scholarship.

After you have been admitted by the University, you must complete a separate application for the scholarship by 1 May 2017 using the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s Electronic Application System (EAS). For detailed instructions on how to submit this application for the Distance Learning Commonwealth Scholarship click on this link.

The deadline for submitting the complete scholarship application is 12 May 2017.

Application requirements

The online application form for the scholarship will ask you to:

  • List your educational background and employment record
  • Describe your future career plans
  • Provide contact details for two referees (your current employer and another person who is qualified to comment on your ability to perform in the proposed course of study.)
  • Write a detailed motivational statement (max. 500 words) outlining the contribution you intend to make to your community or country and how the scholarship would be of use in reaching these goals
  • Provide copies of:
    • your passport
    • previous university degree certificates
    • certificate of English proficiency, if required

We recommend that you inform your referees that after your application is submitted, they will receive an email asking them to view your application and write a reference. In their reference, they should cover:

  • How long they have known you, and in what capacity
  • Their views on your suitability for the proposed Distance Learning Scholarship
  • Information on how, and to what extent, you have shown ability in terms of:
    • capability to grasp concepts and reason analytically
    • capacity for original thought
    • motivation and perseverance in achieving objectives
  • Assessment of your particular strengths and weaknesses
  • Any other general qualities which the referee considers would make you a good recipient of a Distance Learning Scholarship

For detailed instructions on how to submit this application for the Distance Learning Commonwealth Scholarship click on this link.

English language requirements

All applicants must meet the entry requirements for the MPH programme, including the English language component, to be admitted by the University.

In addition, the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission requires scholarship applicants from Bangladesh, Cameroon, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda and Sri Lanka to provide results of an academic IELTS test taken no earlier than October 2015. The requirement is a score of 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in every section. These results must be submitted to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission by 12 May 2017.

My experience as a Commonwealth Scholar on the online MPH programme has helped me learn lots of things from fellow professionals from diverse backgrounds. This degree has given me the tools to craft and analyse health policies in relation to HIV testing. I have been able to use my experience and education to shape such policies in my region.

Valarie Opollo - Health - Research Officer, Kenya Medical Research Institute/Centers for Disease Control (KEMRI/CDC), Kenya MPH student - Commonwealth Scholar 2014

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