Print Friendly, PDF & Email

‘There are many sources of funding available to you for studying in the UK – particularly if you are a postgraduate student. The British government and other UK organisations offer a range of international student scholarships and awards. We’ve put together some information below on the main UK scholarship schemes for international postgraduate study – you can also search and apply for scholarships in the scholarship finder. ‘

British Chevening Scholarships

The British Chevening Scholarship scheme aims to bring future leaders, decision-makers and opinion-formers to the UK for a period of postgraduate study. To be eligible, you should have a proven record of success and have the potential to rise to a position of power and influence in your chosen career.

Chevening awards are given annually to students from a wide variety of countries. They cover all or part of the cost of a one-year postgraduate course in the UK. Once you have completed the course, you will be expected to return to your home country.

You can find out more and apply online at the Chevening website.

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)

The CSFP is aimed at Commonwealth citizens who can make a significant contribution to their home country after studying in the UK. If you are from a developing country in the Commonwealth, your chosen area of work is expected to contribute directly to development objectives. If you are from a developed Commonwealth country, you should have the potential to become a leader in your chosen profession.

CSFP Scholarships are usually for between one and three years. They cover the cost of travel to and from the UK, tuition fees and living expenses. In some cases an allowance is paid to help with the cost of maintaining your spouse and family in the UK.

Professional Fellowship awards are typically for three months. They provide opportunities for people working in developing Commonwealth countries to spend a short period of professional updating in the UK. Academic Staff Fellowships offer opportunities for a six-month period of postdoctoral research. These are available to Commonwealth citizens holding or returning to a teaching appointment in a university in the developing Commonwealth.

Information on these and other funding opportunities is available at the CSFP website.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship scheme assists students from developing Commonwealth countries who would benefit from higher education in the UK. If you are unable to study in the UK for financial reasons and are outside the scope of other British government support schemes, you may be eligible.

To apply for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship you should be:

  • of high academic calibre
  • intending to study subjects of developmental relevance to your home country
  • under 35 years old at the time your course starts
  • able to speak fluent English
  • not employed by your government or an international organisation
  • resident in a developing Commonwealth country.

You can find further information on the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship scheme at the CSFP website.

Royal Society Fellowships

The Royal Society offers incoming fellowships for researchers from North America and Asia. The aim is to attract outstanding postdoctoral scientists to undertake high-quality research at a UK laboratory.

The fellowships are available for up to two years for postdoctoral researchers in the USA and Canada and up to one year if you are from Asia. The Asian countries included are:

  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Brunei
  • Burma
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

The research undertaken must relate to a subject within the natural sciences. Awards are not granted in the areas of the social sciences or clinical medical research.

To find out more and apply for a fellowship visit the Royal Society website.

Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships

Under Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships scheme, 200 awards are available to postgraduate master’s students from Canada, China, India and the USA. This is part of the Scottish government’s continuing support for the ‘brightest and best’ students to come and study in Scotland.

The Saltire Scholarship scheme highlights academic excellence in the Scottish university sector:

  • Eighty six per cent of academic research in Scottish institutions has been judged to be internationally excellent, according to the latest independent and globally-regarded Research Assessment Exercise.
  • Scotland has also increased its share of the UK’s world-class research.
  • In a recent report commissioned by the British Council, 86% of university students surveyed would recommend the Scottish experience to others and 91% of international students think Scotland is a good place to be.

You can find out more and watch videos of international students talking about their experiences in Scotland and apply online at the British Council Scotland website.

You can also search for postgraduate and undergraduate scholarships in the scholarship finder.

-Download PDF

For more information: