UK universities are consistently ranked among the top universities in the world not only for thei academic reputation but also for their faculty-student ratio, academic reputation, percentage of international faculty and international students accepted, among others.
While the UK does offer great academic opportunities, it also goes without saying that higher education in the UK is not cheap. However, the country and its universities do provide international students with a number of scholarships or financial aid that help ease the financial burden to a great extent.
Here are the two scholarships offered by the UK government to international students from all across the world:
Funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) along with partner organisations, over 50,000 professionals have studied in the UK through Chevening since 1983. British embassies and high commissions across the world select recipients of Chevening scholarships.
These awards are typically for a one-year master’s degree, awarded to scholars from eligible countries around the world. This is aimed at covering a return airfare to the UK, tuition fees, living allowance and additional grants for other essential expenditure.
To be eligible for Chevening scholarships, one must meet the following criteria:
Be a citizen of a country or territory considered eligible under Chevening.
Must return to the country of origin for at least two years after the award has ended.
Must meet the minimum work-experience requirement for the scholarship that include full-time employment, part-time employment, voluntary work, or paid or unpaid internships.
Must have work experience of at least two years (equivalent to 2,800 hours).
Must have completed all components of an undergraduate degree that will get you entry into a postgraduate programme at a university in the UK.
Must apply to three different courses at a UK university and have received an offer from one of these by July 15, 2021.
Launched in 1960, more than 27,800 students have been awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship to date. The scholarships are awarded to those students who demonstrate talent and capability to make a positive impact at the international level.
It is aimed at helping students financially who would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the UK. It funds postgraduate studies in a range of study formats, helping to support leaders and innovators.
Types of Commonwealth Scholarships include:
Commonwealth Professional Fellowships
Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships (for low and middle-income countries)
Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships
Commonwealth PhD Scholarships (for least developed countries and fragile states)
Commonwealth Shared Scholarships
Commonwealth PhD Scholarships (for high-income countries)
Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships
Commonwealth Medical Fellowships
In order to be eligible for the scholarship, you must:
Be a citizen or permanent resident of a Commonwealth country. Those who are refugee or British protected person will also be considered eligible.
Have an undergraduate honours degree of at least second class (2:1).
Have a postgraduate degree in case you wish to study for a PhD.
Value: Most are fully funded.
Given below are the scholarships in the UK offered to international students, which are specific to universities:
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship is offered by the University of Cambridge to those who seek admission to full-time postgraduate study at the university. Every year, Gates Cambridge offers a total of 80 full-cost scholarships to students with outstanding academic background from countries outside the UK.
These scholarships are offered to students who are either applying for a postgraduate degree in any subject offered by the university or those who apply for PhD.
You can apply for this scholarship only if you are:
A citizen of any country outside the UK.
Applying to pursue PhD/ MSc/MLitt/one-year postgraduate full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge
The Rhodes Scholarship is aimed at supporting exceptional young individuals applying for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford. The scholarship is offered in more than 22 designated Rhodes constituencies.
Specifically for India, a total of five scholarships are available. The first Indian Rhodes Scholars took up residence in Oxford in 1947, since when more than 200 Indians have been granted the scholarship.
Only those who fulfil the following criteria may apply (only for Indians; the eligibility criteria for each country/ region will be different):
You must be a citizen of India with an Indian passport or equivalent proof of citizenship.
You must have undertaken formal study at an Indian educational institution for at least 4 of the last 10 years.
You must be at least 18 and have not reached your 24th birthday.
You must have completed your undergraduate degree with first-class or equivalent.
Offered by the University of Edinburgh, Global Research Scholarship is made available to 30 excellent overseas students who wish to pursue a PhD research programme. It is grant covering the difference between overseas and home PhD fees. Only new overseas applicants will be considered eligible and the award covers the full three years of fees.
Candidates are ranked at School level, and selected at the College level, on the basis of their scholarship application and the two references submitted with their PhD application.
Candidates apply to the Scholarships Office.
These scholarships are offered by Said Business School at the University of Oxford, aimed at finance Master degree students. In order to be eligible for this scholarship, you should not be a citizen of the UK with relevant experience of managing an enterprise for no less than 12 years.
The scholarship covers all expenses including tuition fees and living expenses.
Offered by the University College London, there are some bursaries available for foreign undergraduate scholars who are not able to finance their studies abroad. It is a grant worth £9,000 per academic year, which can be spent in whichever way the student deems fit.
International students wishing to pursue a Bachelor or a Master’s degree in the UK can also seek an IELTS award, a scholarship awarded by the British Council to students from any country. It is a scholarship, a partial one ranging between £3,000 and £10,000.
Note: This is not an exhaustive list of scholarships available for international students in the UK. One can find the complete list on the official website of the British Council, which provides detailed information about all the latest scholarships offered to students wishing to study in the UK.
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