HESFB Bilateral Scholarships

The Higher Education Student Financing Board (HESFB) Bilateral Scholarships

Commonwealth Scholarships in Low and Middle Income Countries

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is a unique programme. Since its establishment in 1959, it has provided opportunities for over 30,000 citizens of all Commonwealth countries to study in other member countries.

Following the establishment of the CSFP endowment fund in 2009, a new strand of Commonwealth Scholarships located in low and middle income countries is available.

Commonwealth Scholarships

Applications are now open for Master’s scholarships for courses beginning in the mid of this year in:

  •     Bangladesh
  •     Ghana
  •     Kenya
  •     Lesotho
  •     Malawi
  •     Pakistan
  •     Rwanda
  •     Swaziland
  •     Uganda

Closing date for applications: February

 Eligibility criteria

  •     Applicants must be a citizen of any Commonwealth country other than the host country.
  •     Applicants must hold a first degree of upper second class standard (or above) in a discipline relevant to that in which study is proposed

The scholarships provide

  •     Return economy airfare from the scholar’s home country to the host country
  •     An arrival allowance of USD 500 to cover removal costs
  •     Full tuition fees
  •     A monthly/quarterly stipend intended to cover living costs, sustenance and local transport. Scholars will need to cover accommodation costs from their stipend.

How to apply

Email the completed application form to the email address detailed on the relevant country page above. With your application you should submit:

  •     High school certificates
  •     Undergraduate transcripts and graduation certificate
  •     Scan of photo page of passport
  •     Proof of English language ability if English is not your first language
  •     At least one academic reference
  •     University offer letter for the institution you have applied to, if you already have one

University admission

If possible you should have already applied to the university for admission to your desired course when you submit the scholarship application. Any scholarship offer will be provisional upon the applicant being able to obtain unconditional admission to the relevant course to start by the mid of this year. Contact the university for information on course application deadlines.

For further information on the scholarship opportunities, please follow this link

To find out more

Send any enquiries to the contact e-mail address info@hesfb.go.ug. The HESFB will respond to enquiries.

Following your application

Successful applicants will be notified within three months after the closing date.

Other important information and details

The scholarships are for Master’s courses only and are not applicable to distance learning courses. The scholarships are for new students only and cannot be used to fund a course you have already started. No additional funding will be provided for scholars with families.

For further information please follow this link Commonwealth Scholarships in Uganda.


For any additional enquiry or assistance, use the contact information provided below for support;

Contact Us

Higher Education Students Financing Board (HESFB)

P.O Box 16810, Wandegeya, Kampala-Uganda.

Tel: office +256414255300

E-mail:  info@hesfb.go.ug

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