April 4, 2016

Distance Learning Scholarships (Fully-funded) in Tropical Forestry for Developing Commonwealth Countries

MSc Tropical Forestry – Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Distance Learning Scholarships

Course(s) Offered: Forestry
Course Level: Postgraduate (masters)
Provider: Commonwealth Scholarship Commission
Country to Study in: Online (any country)

Scholarship Description
Bangor University is pleased to announce a number of fully-funded scholarships (to cover tuition fees) are available for student applicants from selected developing commonwealth countries to study for the MSc Tropical Forestry by distance learning.

This postgraduate course is primarily intended for students who already have an interest in forestry and who wish to learn more about the environmental and societal benefits that forests can provide.

Applicants should ensure they are eligible for entry to the course (see 'Eligibility' below) and that distance learning is suitable for them before applying for a CSC scholarship.

In order to be considered for a CSC scholarships, applicants are expected to have at least an upper second class degree in a relevant subject (e.g. forestry, conservation, land management, natural sciences, economics). Relevant work experience is also valued. Applicants with a lower second class degree with relevant and sufficient work experience may also be considered.

Regardless of English language ability and educational background, all applicants from Bangladesh, Cameroon, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda and Sri Lanka are required to take an IELTS and obtain a minimum overall score of 6.5, if they wish to be considered for a CSC scholarship. In order for an award to be taken up in the 2016 academic year, the IELTS test must have been taken after October 2015.

Applicants from Botswana, Ghana, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia do not need proof of English Language proficiency if they have studied their education through the medium of English.

In order to study this course, students must have regular access to a computer with internet access, as the University cannot provide these to distance learning students. Scholars who do not have the opportunity to frequently access a reliable computer with reliable internet access will find that their distance learning experience will be hugely compromised.

Eligible groups
Citizens of the following developing commonwealth countries should apply:

Bangladesh, Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Participating Institutions
School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography; Prifysgol Bangor University; Bangor city; Wales; United Kingdom

Fields of study
MSc Tropical Forestry -- this course is part-time via distance learning

Number of Awards
Up to ten (10) grants will be awarded

Sponsorship duration
The scholarship covers the whole duration of the course - this is a fully-funded award

Scholarship Benefits
Each scholarship is worth over £12,000 to cover tuition fees.

The scholarship also includes a generous bursary to enable scholars to attend a compulsory 14-day study tour which will be held in a country with notable tropical forest resources in July/August 2017.

A small study grant (GBP £10 a month) is provided to successful scholars to assist them with the costs of computing and internet access.

Method of Application
If you are interested in applying to this scholarship, the following 3 steps are needful:

(1). Apply to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC): In order to be considered for nomination for a CSC scholarship, you will have to apply to the CSC Electronic Application System i.e CSC EAS (see official website via link below for more).
(2). Bangor University scholarship nomination procedure: In order for the university to nominate the most suitable applicants, it shall select candidates for scholarships based on the batch applications to the CSC EAS. To assist them in this, you need to outline certain critical information in the 'personal statement' section of your CSC EAS application form (see official web site via link below for more).
(3). Application to Bangor University: Applicants who are nominated by Bangor University for the CSC scholarship will be required to apply to Bangor University by the deadline date below using the online postgraduate application form. The university will then submit their nominations (10 nominees plus 5 reserves) to the CSC who will make the final decisions.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply for this scholarship programme

Applications to the CSC Electronic Application System is available from the 7th March 2016. The deadline to complete all submissions to the CSC EAS is 23:59 BST Tuesday 3rd May 2016.

Bangor University expects the CSC to announce their final decisions by July 2016.

Bangor University (in Welsh: Prifysgol Bangor) is a Welsh university in the city of Bangor in the county of Gwynedd in North Wales. It received its Royal Charter in 1885 and was one of the founding member institutions of the former federal University of Wales. It was officially known for most of its history as the University College of North Wales (UCNW), and later as the University of Wales, Bangor (UWB) (in Welsh: Prifysgol Cymru, Bangor). From September 2007 it became known as Bangor University, having become independent from the federal University of Wales.

Application Deadline: 3 May 2016
Open to International students: Yes

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