An academic year in the UK will cost at least £9,000 without taking into consideration living and other expenses. Luckily, there are plenty of UK scholarships opportunities to make your higher education mission a less stressful thing in terms of finances.
If you’re an international student dreaming of studying at a British university but think you can’t handle it without a scholarship you’re at the right website. Below we’ve put together a list of scholarship opportunities and some advice on how to get a scholarship in the UK.
An important note: As you’ll see, UK scholarships are more common at the postgraduate level compared to those at undergraduate studies. But, this doesn’t mean you won’t find one. British universities and authorities have established many funding programs to maintain the growth in international students.
UK scholarships funded by the Government
UK scholarships offered to international students include those granted from the government and those from private settings. The British government has set up many different scholarship programs to international students. These scholarships are meant to attract and support excellent students coming from all over the world and pretending to enroll a university in the UK. Depending on many factors, like a student’s prior academic achievement or his country of origin, there is a broad array of scholarships for which he can be eligible.
Chevening is the UK global program of scholarships.These types of scholarships are funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and its partners. Scholarships concern full-time taught Masters students coming from particular countries.
To check if your country is eligible and for further information dealing with these scholarships, you can look at this link http://www.chevening.org/apply
Other requirements to be eligible for this scholarship are:
- You have an undergraduate degree
- You have 2+ years certain work experience
- You meet the English requirements
Another type of scholarships offered by the British Government is Commonwealth Scholarships. Some of these scholarships are offered for Master and PhD courses (Commonwealth Scholarships for Developing Commonwealth Countries) and some for only taught Master’s programs (Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme at UK universities).
To find out if you’re allowed to apply and other information concerning applying requirements click this link: http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/applicants/
The Commonwealth Scholarship applies for these courses:
- A split-site PhD
Scholarships for US students
Students coming from across the Atlantic have also a chance to apply for UK scholarships. The Government has founded the Marshall Scholarship program which offers scholarships to US students aiming to attend a Master or PhD course in a British university. A US student can apply for these scholarships if it meets these requirements:
- A US four-year undergraduate degree in last 3 years
- A GPA at the minimum of 3.7
- You haven’t studied for a British degree before
On this link, you’ll find deadlines and other information concerning application process http://www.marshallscholarship.org/applications/apply
If you went through all of the above scholarship programs and you didn’t fit in, keep scrolling down because there a larger number of scholarships you can apply for.
Many of UK scholarships are offered from universities alone or local and international organizations along with those funded by the Government. We’ll show you some of them
Gates Scholarships at University of Cambridge
One of the best universities in the UK and in the world, the University of Cambridge has an appealing bursary scheme for international students. The Gates Scholarship program is a part of this scheme offering financial support for excellent foreign applicants aiming to attend a full-time postgraduate course at this University. This scholarship will cover all your studying expenses. Applications are currently closed.
Rhodes Scholarships at University of Oxford
The Rhodes Scholarship funding is perhaps one of the oldest scholarship program and one of the most prestigious in the world. This scheme awards scholarships to postgraduate students aiming to study at the University of Oxford. Every year, 95 exceptional students are lucky enough to receive one of these scholarships. The bursary includes all university tuition fees and two economy class airfares one to get at the university and the other to turn back home when the scholarship availability ends up.
UK scholarships are generally harder to obtain, but in Oxford, this toughness is more accentuated. Students who aim to apply for this scholarship must meet some requirements that basically have to do with their residency, age, and education. Since the University of Oxford is one of the best in the world, it has a tough entry competition and you’ll have to show an outstanding academic background. Also, the university set age limits which vary among different sectors within the institution. Usually, students aging between 18 and 28 are eligible. As for the residency, if you’re a citizen of one of the following countries you can apply for this scholarship
Students from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Jamaica & the Commonwealth Caribbean, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Southern Africa (including South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland), Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine, United Arab Emirates, United States, West Africa ( lately added), Zambia and Zimbabwe.
MBA Skoll Scholarships
Another scholarship offered by the University of Oxford this time at its Said School Business for a Master degree. If you’re not a citizen of the UK and have been leading an enterprise for at least 12 months or helped its expansion than you’re eligible to apply for an MBA Skoll Scholarship. It covers all tuition fees and partial living expenses.
Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships
The University of Edinburgh will grant 30 scholarships to excellent foreign students willing to pursue a PhD course in this university. This scholarship will cover only partial tuition fees. To be eligible first you must apply for a PhD course at the University of Edinburgh.
UK Scholarships from British Council – IELTS award
International students aiming to pursue a Bachelor or a Master degree in the UK can also seek an IELTS award, a scholarship awarded by the British Council. This type of scholarship is a partial one ranging from £3,000 up to £10,000. Students from every country in the world are eligible to apply.
Denys Holland Scholarship at University College London
The University College London offers some bursaries for foreign undergraduate scholars who can’t fund their education abroad. Those who will be granted will receive £9,000 per year and are free to share them between covering tuition fees and living expenses. It’s preferable to be aged 25 or below at the start of your studies there.
Bristol University Scholarships
The University of Bristol offers 5 scholarships for prospect foreign undergraduate students. These scholarships account for £8,500 which go beyond university tuition fees.
Kingston University London Scholarships
The International Office within the Kingston University London offers scholarships, to all foreigners wishing to attend an undergraduate or postgraduate course in this university. Scholarship’s worth is £4,000 meaning they’re partial.
University of Sussex International Scholarships
Non-EU students who have been admitted to a full-time Taught Postgraduate program at the University of Sussex can apply for a scholarship. These scholarships are offered for a year and cover half of the overseas students’ tuition fees at this university.
University Prize Scholarships
If you choose to pursue a PhD at the University of Sheffield you can ease its financial burden by getting a scholarship. Each year university shares 5 Prize Scholarships for eligible PhD applicants. The scholarship is a full funding (£20,000) covering tuition fees and other expenses.
International Scholarships at University of Westminster
The University of Westminster offers scholarships for its international students who are looking forward to enrolling a Master program in the UK. This scholarship is meant to cover their tuition fees, accommodation, living expenses and flight from and to London.
Fulbright Foreign Student Program
Founded by a former US senator, the Fulbright program is merit-based and competitive scholarship program. It’s available to students of all nations willing to study in a Master or PhD course.
International Undergraduate Engineering Scholarship, 2018
The Nottingham Trent University offers scholarships to students aiming to pursue a Bachelor in Sports Engineering, Electronic Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. It is open to students of all nations and it’s partial (£5,000 per year).The application deadline for this year is 18th of June.
MBA Scholarships at Brunel University
The University of Brunel London offers scholarships to international students who attend an MBA degree in Business Administration. These scholarships are partial and have a value of £6,420. Application for this year is still open until June 03.
Cardiff University Scholarships
You can get a UK scholarships in Wales too. The University of Cardiff in the city of Cardiff (Wales) offers a lot of scholarships to foreign students. If you’re planning to enroll a Bachelor or a Master course in this high-quality university you have a chance to get one.
The application process has not a standard set of documents you’ll need when you apply for UK scholarships. It depends on many factors starting with the kind of scholarship or university of your choice. Some governmental-funded scholarships may have specific requirements to fit in while some have different ones. As it would normally be expected in elite universities the competition to get a scholarship is tough.
Consequently, they may ask you to submit more documents than usual, so the admission body will have an easier job to assess whether you’re the right applicant to be granted. So, before moving any further it’s recommendable for you to check carefully what are the requirements. You would probably not like to have completed the paperwork, submitting them and then getting a response that you’re not eligible because you’re a resident of a particular country.
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