UK scholarship for international students

How can Students get UK Scholarships? 

Hello there!!  

We appreciate you reading our blog post about UK scholarships. 

You've come to the perfect spot as an international student seeking funds to study abroad. 

Here is our complete guide to let you know everything about the scholarships. 

If you have done a little research on studying abroad, you will have known by this time that it will be costly; after all, you are moving to another country. 

With visa and flight charges, tuition fees, and insurance costs, you will need a fat bank account for the most coveted overseas stint. 

Studying in the UK will undoubtedly provide you with world-class qualifications and skill development to enhance your career opportunities. 

1. How much does it cost? 

However, it can be prohibitively expensive, with combined tuition and living expenses exceeding £20,000 per year. 

You can keep pursuing your dream as you can get extra help with funds, even if you or your parents can't afford it now. 

That's why scholarships, awards, etc. come in handy. 

These scholarships help you fund your studies and provide recognition for your academic potential. 

2. So, your mind may be racing with questions like 

  • Where can you get the scholarships? 
  • How do I apply for them? 
  • How many expenses can be covered? 

 No worries! We have gone through many university websites and UK government policies. 

And put together a complete guide for a scholarship for international students in the UK

3. Scholarships - Introduction 

Scholarships can be awarded in many forms and for various reasons. 

The terms scholarships, awards, grants, and bursaries may sound different, but they have the same basic principle: "Support students financially." 

4. Let's see the reason for each of the terms: 

  • Scholarships are awarded for academic or extracurricular achievement. 
  • Grants: Given for achievement, financial need, or personal circumstances 
  • Bursaries are provided for those in financial need. 
  • Fellowships are awards to graduates or postgraduates in exchange for working in a specific field. 
  • Loans: Currently, loans are available to permanent residents of the UK. 

Students generally need to understand that scholarships are for the academically gifted and bursaries are for those in financial need, so people in between do not get anything. This is not true. 

Each university designs many funding opportunities in the UK to support international students. Now you have come to the right place to know about all these details. Let's jump in! 

5. Learn about UK scholarships. 

International students can apply for scholarships from UK universities and the UK government. Before applying for them, you must ensure that your application is strong enough to meet the eligibility criteria and has a good chance of securing that scholarship. 

But of course, you must prepare a backup plan, as there are no guarantees. So, you must investigate the type of scholarship before you apply. The three major categories are as follows: 

  •  Global Scholarships  
  •  Country-Specific Scholarships  
  •  University scholarships  
  • Science and Research Scholarships 

Let's talk about these scholarships in detail. 

6. Global Scholarships  

This broader scholarship is available to students from most foreign countries. Only a few countries may not be included. 

They have strict eligibility criteria. 

The UK government may fund some, and others may not. 

Government-funded UK scholarships: 

7. Scotland's Saltire Scholarship 

  • Postgraduate students in specific areas like science, technology, healthcare, and renewable energy can apply for this scholarship. However, the Scottish Government provides this scholarship to students from a few countries, like India, Pakistan, Canada, China, and the USA. 

8. British Chevening Scholarship: 

  • Students can utilize full or partial use from this scholarship for their full-time graduate programs in any subject. Applicants are welcomed from more than 160 countries. 

9. Commonwealth Scholarships for Developing Commonwealth Countries 

  • Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme at UK Universities This scholarship is available to international students pursuing a taught master's degree in a field related to the development of the economy, technology, or society in their home country. Suppose you are from a developing Commonwealth nation like India, Nigeria, Pakistan, etc., pursuing your master's or PhD. In that case, you can apply for this scholarship. 

10. GREAT Scholarship  

  • It offers 31 scholarships from UK universities and is worth a minimum of £10,000. To achieve this, students may need to attend tutorials, act as ambassadors for the UK's higher education, etc. 

 The GREAT Britain Campaign of the UK government and the British Council are both contributing to the cost of this scholarship,  

non-governmental UK scholarships: 

11. A.S. Hornby Trust Scholarship 

  • This is provided for English Language Teachers to improve their English skills and applies to most of the world's middle-income (and below-middle-income) countries. 

12. Castle Smart Scholarship  

  • Castle Smart, an online estate agency, offers all international students the chance to win £6,000 if they create an outstanding YouTube video describing their study and career plans. 
  • But this applies to only undergraduate students. 

13. Surf Shark Privacy and Security Scholarship 

  • A scholarship prize of £2000 is available to students who enrol in high school, undergraduate, or graduate studies in the UK and any other study destination. 
  • Students of all nationalities can submit an essay to get this scholarship. 
  • Albu Khary Scholarship, OPEC Fund for International Development Scholarship, and Felix Scholarship (applicable to Oxford, Reading, and SOAS, London Universities) are some of the other privately funded scholarships available to international students. 

14. Country-Specific Scholarships 

These scholarships apply to students from a specific country. Below are some examples. 

  • Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships—India 
  • Entente Cordiale Scholarships—France 
  • Great Britain China Center Chinese Student Awards—China 
  • Africa Scholarship Program of the Aga Khan Foundation 
  • Young Cell Scheme: Kosovo 
  • The Luys Scholarship Program—Armenia 

15. University scholarships  

Almost all the universities in the UK offer financial support to international students. If you focus on a particular university, you can just look for its website to learn more about scholarships. 

  • De Montfort University International Scholarship 
  • Leicester University's College of Science and Engineering Scholarship Scheme 
  • University of Greenwich International Travel Bursary 
  • Aston University's Women in Engineering International Scholarship 
  • University of Derby Postgraduate (PGT) Scholarship 
  • ARU MBA Scholarship 

16. Science and Research Scholarships 

There are a lot of opportunities for international students to do their research with funding in the UK. Some of the encouraging scholarships provided are: 

  • Marshall Sherfield Fellowships 
  • Newton Fund PhD Call 
  •  Euraxess UK  
  • Royal Society Grants 


The internet has a lot of information, making overseas education much more accessible. There are hundreds of scholarships, and we can't compile them all in this blog. 

If you are looking for scholarship details, there are great chances that you will come across spam. So always try to go through reliable websites, as follows: 

  • University websites  
  • UK government websites 
  • British Council Office 
  • UKCISA website  
  • official website of the charities 

18. Applying for Scholarships 

When considering applying for a UK university scholarship, make your application as early as possible. Because sometimes you may be eligible on a "first come, first served" basis. 

Eligibility depends on the scholarship. So, if you are eligible, you can help us without second thoughts. Always check for the deadline for the scholarships that you are applying for. 

Every scholarship has its requirements, which you will need to research. 

Things to be considered 

While applying for the scholarships, you must be sure of the amount and how much of the airfare can be covered. Some scholarships may only cover part of your tuition fee. 

There are scholarships on which you don't need to spend anything for travel, a visa, accommodation, or tuition fees. You must be aware of the university's scholarship policies and plan accordingly. 


Your greatest ambition, to pursue higher education at world-class UK universities, should not be derailed by minor financial issues. A second thought could hinder your opportunity to gain top qualifications and skills that are much needed for your future career. 

Receiving financial support in the form of scholarships could help you achieve your dreams—starting your own business, helping your community, etc. This small opportunity could transform your future in a way you never imagined. 

Started yearning for fish 'n' chips? YES!!! Now you are considering studying in the UK. What are you waiting for, then? 

Apply for the scholarships confidently, cross your fingers, and hope you will reach the UK in the blink of an eye. 

Need more information on your favourite university's scholarship details? Or want to know about the scholarships available exclusively for Indian students? 

You may still need to attend the January 21 intake. But you have loads of time to apply for the September 21 intake and fully use the scholarships. 

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