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Applications are invited to the University of Pretoria Scholarship Program for 2025. Candidates who want to pursue their higher education in South Africa under Commonwealth Scholarship Program can get a chance to study at the University of Pretoria. The Commonwealth Scholarship Council offers these scholarships. This scholarship is known as the University of Pretoria Commonwealth Doctoral Scholarship and will be awarded on a competitive basis. it is seeking candidates for doctoral studies who will make significant contributions to its research endeavors. As part of South Africa’s contribution to the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan, the University of Pretoria has made funds available for three doctoral scholarships for students coming from Commonwealth Countries (excluding South African students).

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The University of Pretoria has an established reputation for academic excellence, particularly about its major research activities. At the heart of UP’s research strategy is the commitment to pursue “research that matters”, i.e. research that addresses complex societal challenges and, in particular, the challenges that are faced by developing regions in the world. Such issues include the environment, climate change, food security, poverty alleviation, health, education, and evidence-based policies for development, among others.

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Candidates who have the potential to pursue their PhD and good academic records under CSC will get the opportunity to study at the University of Pretoria in the United Kingdom. Candidates will get a complete waived off on tuition fees, living costs and other expenses of the doctoral student will be covered.


LocationSouth Africa
HostCommonwealth Scholarship Council
ProgramUniversity of Pretoria Scholarships
CoverageFully Funded
Fields of StudyPhD
Eligible countriesMultiple
GenderNot Specified
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Eligiblity Criteria:

The candidates need to meet the following criteria for the Uiversity of Pretoria CSC Scholarship Program:

  • The UP Commonwealth Doctoral Scholarship will be awarded to applicants who are citizens of Commonwealth countries, except South Africans.
  • Applicants must conduct their studies at the University of Pretoria and commence in 2025.
  • Applicant must have submitted an application to study at UP for the 2025 academic year.
  • Each Applicant must have identified a potential supervisor.
  • Each Applicant must have submitted academic records to the South African Qualification
  • Authority (SAQA).
  • Applicants must have completed their postgraduate/Masters degree no less than two years prior to applying to UP for admission for the 2025 academic year.
  • Applicants who are older than 40 years of age do not qualify for this scholarship.
  • PhD and Masters students currently registered or who previously studied at the University of Pretoria are not eligible to apply.

Financial Benefits:

Commonwealth Scholarship will cover the following benefits for the UP Scholarships:

  • The value of this Doctoral Scholarship will be R184 000 p.a.

This amount must be used to cover the following student costs:

  • Accommodation and living costs.
  • Fees p.a.
  • Medical Aid.
  • Books/Stationery

Additional Costs Covered by the University:

Flight ticket to RSA from home country on proof of study permit.
Return flight ticket to home country at the end of the completion of the programme as confirmed by the faculty.
Shuttle service on arrival in South Africa from OR Tambo International Airport to Pretoria and return from Pretoria to OR Tambo International Airport on completion.
UP application fee, medical aid fee and study visa costs which will be refunded to the Applicant based on proof of receipts upon arrival at UP
The Commonwealth Scholarship holder may hold supplementary external bursaries/grants/scholarships with a maximum total value of R300 000.00 p.a.

Period of Support:

  • The scholarship funding will be for a maximum period of three academic years. The awardee shall complete the Doctoral studies within the minimum required period of three academic years.
  • Renewal of the award is not guaranteed and is subject to a satisfactory progress indicator been uploaded by the Faculty each year indicating that the awardee can continue to the 2nd year or 3rd year.
  • An extension request will only be considered under exceptional cases, the incumbent must submit a written motivation supported by the supervisor to the Department of Research and Innovation.
  • The extension request will be considered by the Senior Director: Research, Innovation, and Postgraduate Education and other Senior Management

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Available Faculties:

The following faculties are available for the University of Pretoria Commonwealth Scholarship Program:

  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and IT
  • Faculty of Health Science
  • Faculty of Veterinary Science
  • Faculty of Economic and Management Science
  • Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
  • Faculty of Theology and Religion


Application should be submit before 11 September 2024 for UP Commonwealth Scholarships.

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Application Process:

In order to be considered for this scholarship, candidates must submit the Application form of the UP online along with require Documents.

Require Documents:

PhD Commonwealth Scholarship to the University of Pretoria with the following documentation attached:

  • The UP Online application Ref “T” number or 2025 student number provided to the Applicants by UP on their UP Portal.
  • A written motivation from the prospective Doctoral supervisor that you have identified from UP.
  • The said motivation must confirm the availability of research funding.
  • An outline (one A4 page) of the proposed research work.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) – no more than 3 pages.
  • Proof that study leave will be granted if the scholarship is awarded (if applicable) by your place of current work
  • Copy of a valid passport.
  • Full academic transcripts of all qualifications obtained (not certificates).
  • Two completed reference forms from two different academics/supervisors who have current

knowledge of the Applicant’s academic performance (Reference form attached)

Official Website of UP Commonwealth Scholarships

Application form of the UP Scholarships

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