Commissioners on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC)

Body: Commonwealth Scholarship Commission
Appointing Department: Department for International Development
Sectors: Education, International
Location: Association of Commonwealth Universities, Tavistock Square, London.
Skills required: International Experience
Number of Vacancies: 4 - terms to commence from 1 July 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Remuneration: Postions are voluntary and unpaid, although Commissioners receive an honorarium (currently £250) in respect of each selection meeting attended. Travel and subsistence costs are also reimbursed.
Time Requirements: Commisioners are expected to devote a minimum time committment of 12-15 days per annum to the role, and this may be higher in the case of those who chair Committees.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    Final date to be confirmed , will be w/c 2nd July

  • Final Interview Date

    Both 17th and 20th July blocked out for interviews

  • Announcement


With the exception of launch date, all of the above dates may be subject to change.


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The CSC is a non-departmental public body, responsible for delivering the UK’s contribution to the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan. It achieves this through awarding around 800 scholarships and fellowships for postgraduate study and professional development to Commonwealth citizens each year. The CSC receives funding from the Department for International Development, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for Education, and most UK universities.

There are 15 Commissioners (including a Chair), drawn from a range of academic, development, diplomatic, and private sector backgrounds. Their main roles are to:
• Select recipients of awards through selection committees
• Provide policy direction and oversight
• Monitor the effectiveness of awards
• Ensure appropriate structures for governance and accountability

Person Specification

The core requirements of Commissioners are to:

• Establish the overall strategic direction of the Commission within the policy and resources framework determined by DFID
• Participate in policy and strategy discussions at full Commission meetings (currently three half days per year)
• Contribute actively to at least one Commission committee (currently finance, awards policy, evaluation and monitoring, and audit and risk management), and/or take on a ‘Lead Commissioner’ role
• Participate in the selection of award holders though participation in selection committees (typically three to four days per year, plus five to six days reading and preparation time)

How to Apply

All applications forms may be sent by email to or by post to the following address:
Dr Joanna Newman
Executive Secretary
Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK
Woburn House
20-24 Tavistock Square
London, WC1H 9HF
Applications should arrive by no later than 2 July 2018 (23.59 BST)

CSC Commissioner Recruitment Information Pack June 2018
CSC 2018 Commissioners_vacancy
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