A history of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

The proposed research resulted in the publication of a history of this Plan at its 50th anniversary in 2009. The Plan comprised a set of bilateral agreements between Commonwealth countries for the award of postgraduate scholarships and fellowships through which something over 20,000 scholars have studied abroad.

The research documented the history of the Plan and its changes over half a century, examining its significance in terms of its contribution to society, and particularly higher education, and of its place in the changing Commonwealth. The main aim was to guide policy on ways of funding higher education in relation to development and the merits of funding scholarships as a means to this end. Through analysis of the Plan’s strengths and weaknesses the research contributed to the history of higher education and of the Commonwealth.

Project details



Dr Hilary Perraton, Von Hügel Institute, Cambridge

Grant amount and duration

1 February 2007 - 30 November 2008



Learning Abroad: A History of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan, Perraton H, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.

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