Claim: The UK Commonwealth Scholarship program funded by the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is giving a fully funded scholarship for studies in the United Kingdom.
The Commonwealth Scholarship Program gives scholarships but the link provided which already has gone viral on social media platforms is false.
Between Sunday and Monday, many social media platforms (WhatsApp) users received a message which was allegedly issued by the Commonwealth Scholarship Program funded by the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). In the message was a link that asked all interested students or applicants to apply and state their reasons for application.
The purported application form was available on https://www.full-scholarship.online/ and requested the applicant’s full name, email address, country, course, and if the applicant has applied before.
“The Commonwealth Scholarship Program enables International Students to study in the United Kingdom comfortably and free. Applicants are to fill the form and click on apply,” the website reads.
The supposed scholarship offer from the Commonwealth is true but the link going viral is false.
Dubawa checked the website and social media handles of Commonwealth Scholarships where links of the scholarships the organisation gives, which is different from what is being spread on social media, were found.
Also, after a virtual meeting with the British Custom Services Team under the Commonwealth Scholarship Project, Dubawa was informed that the Commonwealth in the UK is not giving any scholarships now and if it does, an announcement would be posted on its website.
Also, Dubawa Nigeria has also published a report on this same clickbait which went viral in Nigeria.
Find the actual link for the scholarship and its requirements here.
The viral link about the scholarship program is fake. Though Commonwealth Scholarship gives scholarships, this link going viral is a clickbait.
Interested applicants should follow up on Commonwealth Scholarships here.
This report was produced under the Dubawa Student Fact-checking Project aimed at offering students in tertiary schools aspiring to take up roles in the profession the opportunity to acquire real-world experience through verification and fact-checking.