On the 7th of April 2017 The University of Gibraltar officially launched the Gibraltar Commonwealth Scholarships Scheme which is part of the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP). The CSFP was established in 1859 and to date has benefitted over 30,000 individuals from universities around the globe and is considered one of the largest and most prestigious scholarship schemes for international study in the world.
The scholarship was launched at the University by the Chief Minister, The Hon Fabian Picardo QC, who said that the Scholarship is the beginning of the fulfilment of the potential of the University of Gibraltar of which HM Government of Gibraltar continues to support and will raise the standing of the University and of Gibraltar internationally in a Commonwealth context.
Also attending the launch was The Rt. Hon. Lord Luce (Chancellor of the University), Professor Daniella Tilbury (Vice Chancellor of the University), Professor John Wood (Former Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities), Dr John Cortes (Minister for Education) and the Governor Lt. Gen. Edward Davies among other invited guests. The chosen scholar will spend three years in Gibraltar contributing to a core area of the University as a PhD researcher and will receive financial aid including annual return flights to their country of residence and a monthly stipend.
Following on from the reception after the official launch of the Gibraltar PhD Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme, the Commonwealth of Learning international seminar got underway. The seminar focused on the core issues relating to learning, change and engagement with the Commonwealth family. It addressed issues in light of Brexit regarding the future relationship and strengthening of ties between Gibraltar and the Commonwealth. The session was open to the public and featured key note addresses from Dr Alistair Niven and Professor John wood and a panel discussion chaired by Professor Daniella Tilbury which included Dr Niven and Professor Wood and also the Rt. Hon. Lord Luce and Mr Peter Montegriffo QC.