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No quarantine in the uk for fully vaccinated Indian travelers

No Quarantine In The UK For Fully Vaccinated Indian Travellers

No Quarantine in the UK for Fully-Vaccinated Indian Travelers

No quarantine in the uk for fully vaccinated Indian travelers

The UK, on October 7, announced that Indian travellers fully vaccinated with Covishield or any other UK-approved Covid-19 vaccine will no longer have to undergo the mandatory 10-day quarantine upon arrival in the UK from October 11. Having no quarantine in the UK comes as a major relief to all students.

Earlier, the UK had not even added Covishield to its list of approved vaccines. This drew sharp criticism from India, as many believed the decision to be “discriminatory”. Following this, the UK, on September 22, revised its travel advisory and included Covishield as an accepted vaccine. However, it still required Indians to quarantine and get tested on arrival. This meant the country still required fully-vaccinated travellers from India to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Britain. The UK had also said it didn’t accept the Cowin certificate which led to a major row between the two countries. 

However, recently, a British High Commission spokesperson said the decision to remove quarantine rules for fully-vaccinated Indian passengers was made after close technical cooperation between both countries’ ministries taking public health factors into account. 

The spokesperson added that the extension of vaccine certification is a further step to let people travel more freely again in a safe and sustainable way while also protecting public health.

British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis tweeted about the news and also thanked the Indian government for close cooperation during that time period.

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Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships India 2022-23

Common wealth Master's Scholarships 2022-23

Commonwealth Master's Scholarships 2022-23​

Funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), the Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development. These scholarships are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.

Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships are for candidates from eligible lower and middle-income Commonwealth countries, to undertake full-time taught Master’s study at a UK university.

These scholarships are offered under six CSC Development themes:

  • Science and technology for development
  • Strengthening health systems and capacity
  • Promoting global prosperity
  • Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  • Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  • Access, inclusion and opportunity

What does the Commonwealth Master's Scholarship cover?

Each scholarship provides:

  • Approved airfare from your home country (India in this case) to the UK and return at the end of your award (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependants, nor the cost of journeys made before your award is confirmed).
  • Approved tuition fees.
  • Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,133 per month, or £1,390 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2021-2022 levels).
  • Warm clothing allowance, where applicable.
  • Thesis grant towards the cost of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable.
  • Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas.
  • If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of £485 per month for the first child, and £120 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if you are accompanied by your children and they are living with you at the same address in the UK (rates quoted at 2021-2022 levels).
  • If you declare a disability, a full assessment of your needs and eligibility for additional financial support will be offered by the CSC. 

How To Apply

The entire application process is online. 

You MUST submit your applications on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s Online Application System (active from 20 September 2021 to 01 November 2021 (21:30 IST)) as well as on the Ministry of Education’s SAKSHAT Portal (active from 01 October 2021 to 07 December 2021).

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be a resident and a permanent citizen of India.
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September 2022.
  • By September 2022, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard (in the Indian context, this means a minimum of 60% marks in graduation), or a second class degree (2:2) (in the Indian context, this means 50-59% marks in graduation) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree).
  • If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you will need to provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study.
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship. (Candidates are compulsorily required to sign a declaration that they do not have access to sufficient funds to study in the UK).
  • Candidates must have an offer from admission from a UK University partnered with the CSC for the September/October 2022 intake at the time of applying on the SAKSHAT Portal.
  • Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format.

Supporting Documentation

  • Proof that you are a citizen of India: a copy of your valid passport (or national ID card) showing your photograph, date of birth, and country of citizenship uploaded to the online application system.
  • Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications including to-date transcripts for any qualifications you are currently studying (with certified translations if not in English) – uploaded to the online application system.
  • References from at least two individuals – submitted directly by the referees to the online application system (referees will be sent an email request to submit online).

Nomination Criteria

  • 39 Nominations will be made to the CSC for the 2022 Commonwealth Master’s Scholarship.
  • Candidates who have received an offer of admission from any UK University partnered with the CSC must upload a copy of the same on the SAKSHAT portal.
  • In case there are more applications than the number of nominations to be made, ranking of the UK University from where the candidate has secured an offer of admission as per the ‘QS Ranking 2022’ would be taken to draw up the merit list.
  • Nominations would be made on a development theme-wise proportional basis i.e. the more the number of applications received under a particular theme; the more will be the share of that theme under the overall ceiling of 39 nominations.

The Application Form

In the application form, prospective candidates will be asked to:

  • List all undergraduate and postgraduate university qualifications obtained (if applicable).
  • List up to 10 publications and prizes (if applicable).
  • Provide details of your employment history and explain how each job is relevant to the programme you wish to undertake in the UK (up to 100 words per employment).
  • Provide a statement on the relevance of your previous work experience to the proposed Scholarship (up to 300 words).
  • List names and positions of three referees who are qualified to comment on both your capacity to benefit from your proposed Scholarship in the UK and your ability to deliver development impact afterwards. One of your referees must be your current employer.
  • Provide a Development Impact statement in 4 parts.
Refer to this sample document for an example of the questions asked within the online application system.

Application Deadline

  • Applications must be submitted by 16:00 (GMT) on 1 November 2021
  • References must be submitted by 16:00 (GMT) on 22 November 2021
  • The nomination deadline is 22 December 2021.

Important Points to keep in Mind

  • Awards are tenable at any approved UK university or higher education institution with which the CSC has a part funding agreement for a specific programme of study.
  • Awards are made in respect of full-time study only and no other course of study may be undertaken at the same time.
  • The CSC funds one-year taught Master’s programs only and does not fund MBAs.
  • You must make clear in your application which qualification you are applying for.
  • You are advised to list three universities and courses that you think are the most appropriate for your study, in order of preference, and to explain your reasons.
  • The CSC will make the final decision on the institution of study and reserves the right to overrule any preferences indicated by the candidate.
  • You must take the necessary steps to apply for admission to your preferred universities in advance of your scholarship application.

Additional Resources

Find the exhaustive list of conditions here.

Find the FAQs page here.

Official Website of the Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships can be found here.

The official announcement by the Gov of India here.

Chevening Scholarship

The Chevening Scholarship: Scholarship Opportunity For Indian Students

The Chevening Scholarship

Chevening Scholarship

The Chevening Scholarship is an exciting scholarship opportunity for international students as a part of the UK government’s international scholarships programme. Funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and partner organisations, they offer awards to study in the UK for one year on a fully-funded master’s degree course.

What Does The Chevening Scholarship Cover?

The Chevening Scholarship includes:

  • University tuition fees
  • A monthly stipend
  • Travel costs to and from the UK
  • An arrival allowance
  • A homeward departure allowance
  • The cost of one visa application
  • A travel grant to attend Chevening events in the UK

Eligibility for The Chevening Scholarship

To be eligible for a Chevening Scholarship you must:

  • Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country or territory. 
  • Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your award has ended.
  • Have completed all components of an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry onto a postgraduate programme at a UK university by the time you submit your application.
  • Have at least two years (equivalent to 2,800 hours) of work experience.
    The following types of work experience are eligible for Chevening Scholarship:
    1. Full-time employment
    2. Part-time employment
    3. Voluntary work
    4. Paid or unpaid internships
  • Apply to three different eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 14 July 2022.

Eligible Courses

To be eligible, the courses you choose must be full-time, and:

  • Start in the autumn term (usually September/October)
  • Taught master’s (i.e. not research-focused MRes programmes)
  • Lead to a master’s degree qualification
  • Based in the UK


You are not eligible for a Chevening Scholarship if you:

  • Hold British or dual British citizenship.
  • Hold refugee status in a non-Chevening eligible country.
  • Are an employee, a former employee, or relative of an employee of Her Majesty’s Government, or have been within the last two years from the opening of Chevening applications or a staff member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
  • Employees, former employees, or relatives of an employee of Chevening Partner organisations are eligible to apply, but if the employment took place within the last two years, you cannot receive a Chevening Partner Award from the organisation from which you work, previously worked, or are affiliated with through relatives.
  • Have previously studied in the UK with funding from a UK Government-funded scholarship.

Ineligible Courses

Courses cannot be:

  • Part-time
  • Distance learning
  • Less than nine months in duration
  • More than 12 months in duration
  • PhD or DPhil
  • Taught with more than one month of study outside the UK

Documents Required

These are the documents required to be submitted by the students applying for the scholarship:

  • Relevant education documents
  • Reference Letters
  • One unconditional UK university offer


Things to keep in mind while uploading your references:

  • References must be written in English.
  • You must upload two different references.
  • If the embassy or high commission in your country/territory has temporarily suspended operations, please address your reference letter to ‘Chevening Officer [name of country or territory].’
  • If you need to change your referees before submitting your references before the deadline of 22 February 2022, you can do this in the online system.
  • Your reference should cover the following:
    1. Their contact details: address, email address, and phone number.
    2. How long have they known you?
    3. In what capacity do they know you?
    4. When did they last have regular contact with you?
    5. A brief overall endorsement of the applicant, including your:
    – Skills in leadership and networking.
    – Personal, intellectual, and interpersonal qualities.
    – Ability to complete a demanding academic programme in the UK.

The Timeline of The Chevening Scholarship

  • 3 August 2021: Applications open.
  • 2 November 2021: Applications close.
  • 3 November 2021: Applications are sifted against the eligibility criteria.
  • Mid-November to December 2021: Independent reading committees assess all eligible applications. Their scores and rankings are then passed back to local British embassies/high commissions.
  • Early to mid-February 2022: Applicants shortlisted for interviews.
  • February to late-April 2022: References and education documents deadline.
  • 28 February – 29 April 2022: Interviews take place.
  • From early June 2022: Results are announced
  • 14 July 2022: The deadline to receive and submit at least one unconditional UK university offer is 17:00 BST (UK time) on 14 July 2022.

For complete details regarding The Chevening Scholarship, visit their website. 

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