Scholarship Opportunity: Heritage and Interpretation Commonwealth Scholarships, School of Museum Studies, Univeristy of Leicester

The School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester is delighted to announce 3 fully-funded Commonwealth Scholarship Commission distance learning scholarships for the Masters’ Programme in Heritage and Interpretation. These competitive scholarships will cover all tuition and fees to allow students of selected commonwealth countries to complete the 2 year Master’s programme by distance, starting in October 2019. They also include travel to and accommodations in Leicester for attendance at one week-long Summer School during the programme of study.

The closing date for applications to Leicester and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission is March 22nd 2019.

Programme Details:

The Programme in Heritage and Interpretation by Distance Learning at Leicester provides students with the skills and knowledge to shape, manage and interpret heritage sites and objects and become an effective, critical and creative heritage professional. Students will look in-depth at the processes of heritage making, the politics and uses of heritage across the world, and the concepts, theories and creative practice of heritage interpretation. More information about the Programme can be found here: We especially encourage applications from those with lived and professional experience. 

 Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are offered for individuals to study for a UK Masters degree while remaining in their home country. The scheme is administered through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC).

Application Process:

This is a two-part process. Applicants must be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible commonwealth country (listed below), or be a British Protected Person; be a permanent, continuous resident in an eligible country, and achieve an upper second class (2:1) degree (or equivalent).

Prospective applicants will need to apply to both the Heritage and Interpretation by Distance Learning MA at Leicester and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission by 12:00 PM BST March 22nd 2019, with the supporting documentation uploaded by 12:00 PM, April 5th 2019. If you are interested in applying please contact the Programme Director as soon as possible: Dr. Hannah Turner and the Distance Learning Team

 The application to Leicester MA in Heritage Studies must be completed online and include:

-          A personal statement, detailing why you have chosen the University of Leicester, and how the Commonwealth Scholarship will help you achieve your ambitions;

-          A CV;

-          Transcripts or proof of degree and proof of country-specific grade requirements (see more here:;

-          One Reference Letter (this can be the same reference letter for the CSC Application).

The application to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission is detailed on their website: