Scholarships for International Students in the UK

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An engineer turned content writer, Sarah is a self-proclaimed bookworm. Armed with a keen sense of story and the gift of the gab, she works as a content writer at UniAcco.

Last updated Jul 21, 2020

Scholarships for International Students in the UK

Ben Franklin said “If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest”. Education is very important in today’s world where the world is overturned by envy, treachery and deceit. Education is necessary to build a better future, an ideal society. Education is not a privilege but a right, but in today’s times’ education has become too costly for a child from a humble background to afford. That’s where scholarships come into the picture, they are a very important tool in helping a student achieve their dreams of higher education. Scholarships are a means to ensure help to those students who are capable and yet cannot afford the cost of studying further.

Scholarships can be granted from either the university you have applied to or by some private organisations. Several colleges/universities offer scholarships, to students with excellent academic scores and promising skills. The University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Imperial College London, King’s College London, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and University College London are ranked as some of the best when it comes to handing out scholarships.

  • The Chevening Scholarships- Chevening Scholarships enable outstanding emerging leaders from all over the world to pursue one-year master’s degrees in the UK. Whilst there is no ‘typical’ Chevening Scholar, they are looking for the kind of people who have the passion, ideas, and influence to provide the solutions and leadership needed to create a better future.
    • The Chevening Scholarship Eligibility-
      • 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. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK.
      • Have at least two years of work experience.
      • Apply to three different eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices.
      • Meet the Chevening English language requirement.
    • Amount- These scholarships are fully-funded (flights, accommodation, and course fees are all included), you are free to focus on achieving your professional goals and maximising the experience of a lifetime. 
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  • The Commonwealth Scholarships- The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) awards scholarships and fellowships for those who want to pursue a Master’s or PhD and develop professionally. The scholarships are offered each year to students coming from the Commonwealth countries.
    • Eligibility- Candidates are selected based on their previous academic history and their potential to aid in developing a better life for citizens of their home countries.
    • Amount- Each scholarship provides airfare to and from United Kingdom, tuition and examination fees, personal maintaining allowance, thesis grant (if applicable), and initial arrival allowance, among others.
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  • The Royal Society Grants- The independent scientific academy of the UK and the Commonwealth is dedicated to promoting excellence in science, and thus, offers a significant number of scholarships to talented and promising students. The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world’s most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.
    • Eligibility- There are several scholarships in place and eligibility varies depending on the scholarship you apply to. Impeccable academic records and english proficiency is a must irrespective of the scholarship you apply to.
    • Amount- The amount released depends on the scholarship you have applied for.
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  • UK-China Research Partnership for PhD Studies- These are grants to sponsor PhD students and their supervisors from the UK and China to spend a period of study at higher education institutions in China or the UK. The UK – China Research Partnership for PhD Studies aims to promote increased research and innovation collaboration between the two countries resulting in long-term partnerships.
    • Eligibility- This opportunity is open to UK and Chinese nationals who are currently enrolled, as PhD students, at accredited higher education institutions or research institutions in the UK or China respectively. UK students studying for their PhDs at institutions in China and Chinese students studying for their PhDs at institutions in the UK are not eligible. 
    • Amount- The amount released depends on the scholarship you have applied for.

  • The Global Study Awards- The partnership between Studyportals, ISIC and British Council encourages young people to study abroad to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.
    • Eligibility-
      • Be 18 years or over
      • Have taken an IELTS test at a British Council centre, and receive an official Test Report Form (TRF) issued by the British Council
      • Have a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and/or International Youth Travel Card (IYTC)
      • Plan to enrol on a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate programme abroad
      • Provide an acceptance letter from the relevant institution
    • Amount- A scholarship of 10,000 GBP will be offered twice a year to two future international students committed to expanding their intercultural understanding and to changing society for the better.
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