Queen Elizabeth Common Wealth(QEC) Scholarships 2022 – 2023

Anyone looking to pursue a two-year Master’s Degree qualification at any of the leading universities in South Africa is in luck!

The Association of Commonwealth Universities is now inviting students to apply for its Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship program.

The scholarship will cater to various fields and operate in a number of universities.

If this is definitely something you want to pursue and you can see yourself getting involved in something like this, then we highly recommend you apply.

Below we’ve provided a breakdown of exactly how the scholarship program works and what it will need from you during the application process. 

Closing Date

The QEC Scholarship program will be closing its application acceptance on 24 May 2022.

So please make sure that you have submitted your application and any requested supporting documents before this date.

If you don’t, your application will not be accepted by the organization and it will be disqualified from the selection process.

What is The QEC Scholarship?

The QEC scholarship is aimed at students living in medium to low-income households looking to pursue a two-year master’s degree.

This scholarship mainly Focuses on candidates from the 54 Commonwealth countries.

South Africa (3 scholarships will be awarded for studies in this country, at the following universities, for the following qualifications):

1) North-West University

  • MA Positive Psychology
  • Master of Consumer Sciences
  • Master of Health Sciences in Cardiovascular Physiology
  • Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Psychology
  • Master of Health Sciences in Counselling Psychology
  • Master of Health Sciences in Health Professions Education
  • Master of Health Sciences in Human Movement Sciences
  • Master of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene
  • Master of Health Sciences in Psychology
  • Master of Health Sciences in Recreation Science
  • Master of Health Sciences in Research Psychology
  • Master of Health Sciences in Transdisciplinary Health Promotion
  • Master of Nursing Science
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Social Work in Child Protection
  • Master of Social Work in Forensic Practice
  • MPharm Pharmacy Practice
  • MSc Dietetics
  • MSc Nutrition
  • MSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • MSc Pharmaceutics
  • MSc Pharmacology

2) Rhodes University

  • MSc Science courses
  • MA Humanities courses
  • MCOM Commerce courses
  • LLM Law
  • MPharm Pharmacy
  • Masters Education

3) Stellenbosch University

  • MEng Process Engineering
  • MPhil Pediatrics
  • MPhil Infectious Diseases

4) University of Johannesburg

  • Health and Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Engineering and Mathematics Accountancy and Finance
  • Social sciences
  • Arts and Humanities

5) University of Pretoria

  • Master Research courses and not coursework

6) University of Venda

  • Health sciences
  • Management, Commerce, and Law
  • Humanities, Social Science and Education
  • Science, Engineering, and Agriculture

Fiji (1 scholarship will be awarded for studies in this country, at the following university, for the following qualifications):

1) University of the South Pacific:

  • MA Applied Linguistics
  • MA Development Studies
  • MA Diplomacy & International Affairs
  • MA Environmental Management
  • MA Geography
  • MA Governance
  • MA History
  • MA Journalism
  • MA Linguistics
  • MA Literature
  • MA Major in Education
  • MA Marine Management
  • MA Mathematics
  • MA Pacific Studies
  • MA Politics/ International Affairs
  • MA Psychology
  • MA Social Policy
  • MA Sociology
  • Master of Agriculture (by thesis)
  • Master of Commerce in Accounting (by thesis)
  • Master of Commerce in Economics
  • Master of Commerce in Official Statistics
  • Master of Commerce in Population Studies & Demography
  • Master of Commerce in Professional Accounting
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Environmental Law
  • Master of Law
  • MSc Biology
  • MSc Chemistry
  • MSc Computing Science
  • MSc Earth Science
  • MSc Engineering
  • MSc Environmental Science
  • MSc Geospatial Science
  • MSc Information Systems
  • MSc Marine Science
  • MSc Mathematics
  • MSc Physics

Papua New Guinea (1 scholarship will be awarded for studies in this country, at the following university, for the following qualifications):

1) Papua New Guinea University of Technology

  • MSc Agriculture
  • MSc Applied Physics
  • MTech Exploration Geophysics
  • MEng Civil Engineering
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Communication Engineering
  • MCS Master of Communication Studies

Sri Lanka (2 scholarships will be awarded for studies in this country, at the following universities, for the following qualifications):

1) University of Colombo

  • MSc Molecular Life Sciences
  • MSc Cellular and Molecular Immunology

2) University of Sri Jayewardenepura

  • Master of Business Administration

Who Can Apply

The QEC scholarship will only accept applications if you meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must be a citizen or have refugee status in a Commonwealth country, which includes the following:
    • AFRICA: Botswana, Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Kingdom of Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia.
    • ASIA: Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka.
    • CARIBBEAN AND AMERICAS: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent, and The Grenadines, Trinidad, and Tobago.
  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree at a 2:1 equivalent level.
  • Applicants must intend on pursuing a 2-year Master’s degree qualification.
  • Applicants must intend on studying outside of their home country or country of citizenship.
  • Applicants must intend on studying at one of the above-approved institutions, within one of the approved fields listed above.
  • Applicants must submit a university application at the same time as the scholarship application.
  • Applicants must meet the entry requirements of your selected institution:
    • North-West University applicants: you must meet the entry requirements of NMU
    • Rhodes University applicants: you must meet the entry requirements of RU
    • Stellenbosch University applicants: you must meet the entry requirements of SU
    • University of Johannesburg applicants: you must meet the entry requirements of UJ
    • University of Pretoria applicants: you must meet the entry requirements of UP
    • University of Venda applicants: you must meet the entry requirements of UV
    • University of Venda applicants: you must have achieved a minimum overall average of 65% in your previous degree.
    • University of Colombo applicants: you must have completed a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, Medicine, Dental Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, and Agricultural Sciences.
    • University of Colombo applicants: you must complete an online selection test (the cost will not be covered by ACU. However, QECS applicants will receive a 50% discount and will need to pay USD15 – for any questions, email info@ibmbb.cmb.ac.lk).
    • University of Sri Jayewardenepura: you must have completed a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent qualification and have 3 years of managerial experience.

What Does This Scholarship Cover?

This scholarship will provide financial cover for the following expenses:

  • Tuition fees
  • Accommodation
  • Return economy flights
  • Once-off arrival allowance
  • Research support grant

How To Apply

Applications are quite easy, all you will need to do is fill in the online application form here.

Make sure to first register with the website to acquire login details before actually applying.

You will need to following support documents:

  • A copy of your most recent qualification
  • References
  • A copy of your ID
  • A copy of your passport
  • Proof of application at one of the institutions mentioned above.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns related to the QEC Scholarship, then you can contact the relevant universities directly through the following means: 

Or contact the Association of Commonwealth Universities:

Email: info-qecs@acu.ac.uk 

Good luck with your application!

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