Popular Scholarships for Indian Students to Study in the UK

By Neha Kumari Updated On - Aug 08, 2021 05:21 PM

Indian students can apply for a number of scholarships to study in the UK. Government based, institute based and university-based scholarships are available for 2022-23. Check the list of scholarships and application details here.

The UK is one of the most sought after destinations for higher education as it is home to some of the best universities in the world. Besides quality education, the effort of the UK government and the universities in UK to provide financial support to outstanding students is a factor that attracts most of the international students to pursue higher education in the country. The financial aid is provided to encourage young and talented students from around the world to join the universities in the UK and emerge successful in their respective fields.

Also, for an international student, financial expenses play an important role in their desire to pursue higher education abroad. Many students rely on scholarships for higher education from universities abroad  Managing finances including both study cost and living expenses is an important factor for many study abroad aspirants and therefore, scholarship becomes the most reliable source of funds for them. 

Popular UK Scholarships for Indian students

In the UK, the education scholarship can be received in three different forms. These are government based scholarships, institutional-based scholarship and university level scholarship. Check the list of scholarships that are available for an international student in the UK here.

Scholarship Name 

Scholarship Type 

Chevening Scholarship- India

UK Government Scholarship

Commonwealth Scholarships 

UK Government Scholarship

Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships

UK Institute Based Scholarship

Dr. Manmohan Singh Scholarships 

UK Institute Based Scholarship

Goa Education Trust Scholarships 

UK Institute Based Scholarship

Inlaks Scholarship

UK Institute Based Scholarship

The Felix Scholarship

UK Institute Based Scholarship

Rhodes Scholarships at University of Oxford

University Specific Scholarship

University of Westminster Scholarship 

University Specific Scholarship

Queen Mary University Scholarship 

University Specific Scholarship

Let us find out about the aforementioned scholarships in detail: 

Chevening Scholarship - India

Chevening Scholarship - India is offered by the UK government to Indian students. The scholarship is awarded to professionals who have an outstanding academic background. It is a fully-funded scholarship which is a lifetime achievement for any student. As the cost of study is funded by the government, the individual can focus on their goal and ambition after receiving the scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria to Apply for Chevening Scholarship

  • The candidate must be enrolled in a Master's degree programme in one of the UK universities.
  • He/ She must have an outstanding academic background
  • He/ She must possess leadership qualities.
  • The candidate must be ambitious and demonstrate their interest in a particular career.

How to Apply for the Chevening Scholarship? 

Indian students can apply for the Chevening Scholarship by November 02, 2021 till 12.00 GMT, currently open since 3rd August 2021, for the 2022-23 session. The application window will remain open until 12:00 noon (UK Time). The online application is made available on the official website of Chevening. 

Candidates must upload the educational documents, references and unconditional offer letter from a UK university along with the scholarship application. 

Important Date to Apply for Chevening Scholarship 2022-23 (Open)

Indian students can apply for the Chevening Scholarship by November 02, 2022 (open for 2022-23 session). The application window will remain open until 12:00 noon (UK Time). Candidates must upload the educational documents, references and unconditional offer letter from a UK university along with the scholarship application.

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Commonwealth Scholarships

Commonwealth Scholarships are awarded to talented and motivated candidates who need financial help. The scholarship is awarded to an individual to support them in acquiring relevant skills and knowledge and contribute to sustainable development. The Scholarship is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) with an aim to contribute to the international development of the UK, support higher education and help it develop overseas relations.

Eligibility Criteria to Apply for Commonwealth Scholarship

  • The candidate must to a family with low income
  • He/ She must be highly motivated and must be willing to contribute to sustainable development.
  • In addition to the financial need, the candidate must have outstanding academic background and skills 

How to Apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship? 

An individual who wants to apply for the scholarship can visit the official website of the commonwealth scholarship, select the scholarship type, country and apply. The shortlisted candidate will receive an email regarding the recipient of the scholarship.

Deadline to Apply for Commonwealth Scholarships?

While, usually the deadline to apply for Commonwealth Scholarships in the UK is December of every year, the application portal for Commonwealth Scholarships for the 2021/22 session have been closed. The application deadlines for the Commonwealth Scholarships will vary between the different scholarships. The relevant authorities are yet to announce the dates for the 2022-23 session.

Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships

Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships is specifically designed for students who are enrolled at St John's College at the University of Cambridge for undergraduate studies and doctoral programmes. The scholarship is awarded in the honor of former Prime Minister and renowned economist of India, Dr Manmohan Singh who graduated from St John's College in 1957 and also completed his DPhil from the University of Oxford.

Eligibility Criteria to Apply for Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships

The eligibility criteria to receive Dr Manmohan Singh PhD Scholarships is as follows:

  • Must be a citizen of India with a valid passport.
  • Must be less than 35 years of age at the time of applying for the scholarship.
  • Must hold a master’s degree from a reputed university.
  • Must meet the admission criteria of the university.
  • Must have good command in English language. 
  • Must demonstrate leadership qualities. 

How to Apply for Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships?

Candidates can apply for scholarships while completing the application process for a specific course at the University of Cambridge. The candidate must be enrolled in St John's College of the university. While filling the application, the candidate must mention that they are applying for Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarship.

Once the candidate has been accepted for admission at the University of Cambridge they must fill in the application form for scholarship and submit it before the deadline as per the notification.

Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships

Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarship is offered to Indian students based on an agreement between Indian and British government to establish an English charity. CWIT is granted to Indian in the mid-stages of their career to stay in the UK and achieve academic, professional and artistic excellence. The scholarship is awarded in honour of Charles Wallace who was born in Calcutta in the 19th century and founded the Shaw Wallace company.

The scholarship includes monetary funds, support to artists, long term grant covering accommodation, living cost and fee, short term research and professional visit etc. 

Eligibility Criteria for Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships

  • The applicant must be a citizen of India 
  • He must not have received any CWIT grant in the last five years.

How to Apply for Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships?

As the Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships is meant for Indians to support them in their career, the application process also varies depending on the scholarship granted. For long term grants, applicants must directly apply through the official website of the British Council. Some applications are accepted through the college/ university.

For more information, one can write to cwit@in.britishcouncil.org

Goa Education Trust Scholarships

Goa Education Trust Scholarships are awarded to Indian students from Goa to pursue postgraduate studies in the UK. The scholarship covers full or partial tuition fees of the course. The scholarship has helped a number of students to complete the master’s degree programme from the UK since 2010.

Eligibility Criteria for Goa Education Trust (GET) Scholarships

Following are the eligibility criteria to apply for Goa Education Trust (GET) Scholarships:

  • The candidate must be an Indian citizen and a resident of Goa.
  • The age of the candidate must not exceed 30 years.
  • The candidate must have an outstanding academic record.
  • He/ She must demonstrate some extracurricular achievements.
  • He/ She must have a valid offer letter from a UK university.

How to Apply for the Goa Education Trust Scholarship?

Candidates can either send the hard copy of the application to British Council Division office or send their request via email to get.scholarship@britishcouncil.org. The application form of the scholarship is available on the official website of the British Council. It can be downloaded, filled and through processes defined above. 

Inlaks Scholarship

Inlaks Scholarship is awarded by the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation. It is offered to bright young students of India to study in top institutions of the UK, America or Europe. Check the eligibility criteria and application process for Inlaks Scholarship here:

Eligibility Criteria to Apply for Inlaks Scholarship

Any student who is enrolled in full-time Masters, M.Phil or a Doctorate programme can apply for the scholarship. 
Outstanding and talented students are considered to be awarded with Inlaks Scholarship.

How to Apply for the Inlaks Scholarship?

Application for scholarship is accepted online on the portal of Inlaks foundation. The application is scrutinised by the community after which the candidate is shortlisted for interview.  Candidates must confirm the dates to apply for Inlaks Scholarship on the official portal of Inlaks foundation. 

Deadline to Apply for Inlaks Scholarships

If you are interested in applying for Inlaks Scholarships, then you can submit your applications early next year, when the application portal opens for the 2022-23 session. The relevant dates and other important updates regarding the Inlaks Scholarships will be updated here as soon as the official notification is published.

The Felix Scholarship

The Felix Scholarship is offered to underprivileged students from India and other developing countries to complete their postgraduate studies from topmost UK universities. The number of Felix Scholarship offers is limited to 20 per academic year. The scholarship application is accepted for only one institution at a time. 

Eligibility Criteria to Apply for the Felix Scholarship

  • The scholarship is offered to students who are enrolled in the University of Oxford, University of Reading and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), part of the University of London.
  • In order to receive the Felix Scholarship, the candidate must not only demonstrate financial need but also prove outstanding academic performance in their previous studies. 
  • Candidates who have been accepted for admission in the respective institution are only considered for shortlisting for scholarship.

How to Apply for Felix Scholarship?

There is no separate application process for  Felix Scholarships. Candidates must submit the application for graduate studies by the deadline date, which is around January each year.

Only those candidates whose admission will be accepted at one of the universities for admission will be considered for shortlisting for scholarship. Shortlisting by all three universities usually takes place in March and April followed by an interview taking place in April and May. 

Candidates should note that they can apply for only one institution at a time. 

Rhodes Scholarships at University of Oxford

The Rhodes Scholarship is one of the oldest and prestigious scholarships awarded to a candidate enrolled in a two years full-time postgraduate course offered at the University of Oxford. The Rhodes Scholarship covers the tuition fees of the Oxford University as well as an annual stipend. The stipend amount is £1,325 per month which may vary for each academic year. The scholarship is not only meant to support students with financial need but also to explore people who have the potential to make a difference in society through their contribution in different fields. 

Eligibility Criteria to Apply for Rhodes Scholarship

The international student must be enrolled in full-time postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford to receive Rhodes Scholarships 

How to Apply for Rhodes Scholarships?

The candidate must visit the official website of Rhodes Trust to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship. First ensure to meet the eligibility criteria to become a Rhodes Scholar and then fill the scholarship application. Select the country, year of application and then Register for scholarship. 

A login ID of the applicant will be created on the official website of Rhodes Trust. The candidate can login to the account, fill in the application form and upload the required documents and submit the application.

Deadline for Rhodes Scholarship at University of Oxford

For those interested in applying for a Rhodes Scholarship at the University of Oxford, then you can apply by the 1st Wednesday of October each year by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Applications are expected to begin in September.

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University of Westminster Scholarship

University of Westminster, one of the reputed universities of the world offers a number of scholarships to international students. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of certain criteria like financial need, academic excellence and development potential. A large number of applications are received for the scholarship however because of the limited amount of funds the competition to receive scholarship is quite high.

Eligibility Criteria for University of Westminster Scholarship 

  • The student must be enrolled at the  University of Westminster
  • The scholarship is available for students enrolled at all levels of studies.

How to Apply for the University of Westminster Scholarship? 

Candidates can search for a scholarship on the official website of Westminster University. As scholarships are available for students enrolled in all levels of study, they can look for the most appropriate scholarship for themselves and apply before the deadline date of the application.

When to Apply for University of Westminster Scholarships?

If you are aspiring to apply for scholarships offered by the University of Westminster, then you can start applying for the scholarships at the end of February 2022, to avail the scholarships for September 2022 for the 2022-23 academic year.

Queen Mary University Scholarship 

Queen Mary University supports undergraduate and postgraduate students by offering them a wide range of scholarships. Most of the scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and students are subject to meet terms and conditions

We have a wide range of opportunities for undergraduate, masters and PhD students. Most scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit.

There are many sources of funding for Undergraduate, Masters and PhD students of Queen Mary University including the external sources and it is offered for a range of subject areas. Candidates can search for the most suitable scholarship for themselves and apply for it through the official website of Queen Mary University.

Eligibility Criteria for Queen Mary University Scholarship 

  • The candidate must be enrolled at Queen Mary University.
  • He/ She must have outstanding academic qualifications

How to Apply for Queen Mary University Scholarship?

International students can select the country and course on the official website of Queen Mary University Scholarship. A list of scholarships will be shown on the university page. Applicants can select the scholarship and follow the guidelines to apply for the scholarship. The procedure to apply for scholarships varies depending on the course and school/ department.

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Offering a total of 80 scholarships every year to the most talented and bright applicants hailing from outside the UK, Gates Cambridge Scholarships are one of the more sought after scholarships that cover the entire costs of tuition for the eligible international students. Gates Cambridge offers these scholarships to the outstanding students who have enrolled in one of the postgraduate degrees in any field of education.

Eligibility Criteria for Gates Cambridge Scholarship

  • Student must have displayed an outstanding intellectual ability.
  • They will also be required to outline their reasons for choosing a particular course of study.
  • Students should also display impeccable leadership qualities.
  • Students must also display their motivation and committment towards improving the lives of others.
  • Candidates who are citizens of a country apart from the United Kingdom will be considered for the scholarships.

How to Apply for Gates Cambridge Scholarship?

Those interested in being selected for the scholarship must visit the official website of Gates Cambridge and apply through the Gates Cambridge Application Portal. All candidates are advised to complete and submit the application form before the specified deadline. Usually, the application portal opens around September each year with the deadline expected to be scheduled around February or March the next year.

For the 2022-23 academic year, candidates are advised to apply as soon as the application portal opens on the Gates Cambridge website. With the application portal expected to open in September 2021 and its deadline expected to be around February and March 2022, interested applicants have enough time to apply for the scholarship.

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