Scholarships and financial support

Scholarships and financial support

Scholarships, grants, bursaries, fellowships, financial awards, loans… there are many financial support options for international students who wish to study on a UK course. Demand for scholarships is always greater than supply; to maximise your chances, apply as early as you can.

Where can I find UK scholarships and bursaries?

On this website, you can search through thousands of scholarships at UK schools, colleges and universities – just click here and select your subject. This lists many, but not all, UK scholarships – it is an excellent place to start, but we recommend looking at other sources too.

In addition, the British Council manages or administers aspects of a number of scholarship and funding schemes. These include:


Funding opportunity

Open to students or researchers from

Euraxess UK

Research placements in the UK

All countries

UK-China HE Research Partnership for PhD Studies

Doctoral studies

China and UK

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

Master’s and doctoral courses (for study in the UK and distance learning), plus academic, professional and medical fellowships

Commonwealth countries

Tullow Group Scholarships Scheme

Postgraduate courses

Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mauritania, Suriname, Uganda, Uruguay

Entente Cordiale

Postgraduate courses

France and UK

Hong Kong – Scotland Partners in Post Doctoral
Research scholarship scheme

Research visits

Hong Kong and Scotland

Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships

Doctoral studies, research, visiting fellows and Scottish summer school


Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust Scholarships

Doctoral studies, research, visiting fellows and Scottish summer school


Goa Education Trust Scholarships

Postgraduate courses

India – Goa

BIRAX Regenerative Medicine Initiative Fellowships

Research visits for scientists

Israel and UK

Young Cell Scheme

Postgraduate Master’s studies in the EU


Nigeria LNG Overseas Postgraduate Scholarships Scheme

Postgraduate courses


Higher Education Scholarships for Palestine

Academic exchange for university employees


International Atomic Energy Agency Scholarships

Fellowships for graduates

Selected countries – see website

Hornby Educational Trust Scholarships

Scholarships for English language teachers to develop their English language skills

Selected countries – see website

BG Tanzania International Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme for Geoscience and Engineering

Postgraduate courses


Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships

Undergraduate, Master’s and PhD courses

Canada, China, India and USA

Other sources of funding

There are a number of scholarship schemes run by governments, charities and other organisations. Ask your Ministry of Education, your local British Council office or your teachers if they know of any schemes for students in your country. Here are a few global schemes you may want to have a look at:Chevening UK government scholarships,Erasmus Scholarships,Royal Society grants.

Depending on your nationality, you may be eligible for a loan or financial support from the UK government. Visit the UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) website for more details.

In 2012, around 33% of pupils at UK independent schools received financial assistance. Visit theScholarship Search tool at the Independent Schools Yearbook – this publication has details of independent schools for students up to age 18 (at primary and secondary level). Please note it does not contain information on scholarships at higher education level.

Postgraduate studentships can be found via a number of websites, including Postgraduate Studentships and Prospects.

Finally, have a look at the websites for the schools, colleges and universities you are interested in. They may have a scheme that is not listed here.

Evaluating costs

Even with financial support, it is likely that you will have to pay some costs yourself. You may have to pay for travel, accommodation or part of the course fee. Make sure you find out what is and isn’t covered by your scholarship or financial support scheme.

Find out more about tuition and living costs in Costs and fees, plus advice from the National Association of Student Money Advisers in How to map your budget.

Financial difficulties

The right time to look for financial support is before you start your course. It can be very hard to find funding, particularly mid-way through the academic year.

If you experience financial difficulties during your course, please visit the UKCISA website. They offer lots of detailed information and a student advice telephone service.

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