Top scholarships to study in UK
The United Kingdom is one of the most sought after study abroad destinations for years. With 109 universities, the country attracts more than 400,000 international students every year. The world rankings conducted by international agencies place many UK universities in the top of the list. There are many reasons for international students flocking to the UK. The most important among them is that it is the country of world’s oldest universities. With students from more than 100 countries coming to the UK for higher studies, the universities offer multicultural experience. Another major advantage of the UK is the proximity of the country to the other European countries.
Even though the cost of living and studies is high as compared to other countries, the UK offers a number of scholarships for international students that generally cover the entire tuition fee and living expenses. Here, we are providing the top ten scholarships to study in the UK.
1. Chevening Scholarship
Chevening Scholarship promotes many short-term fellowship degrees at prestigious universities like Oxford and Westminster through its partnerships with many respected organizations worldwide. Following are some of the Chevening programmes available:
Chevening Masters programmes
- Chevening MA Scholarship
- Chevening-HSBC Scholarship
- Chevening-Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Scholarship
- Chevening- Clore Leadership Scholarship
- Chevening- Weindenfeld Scholarship
Chevening scholarships open around August every year and close by November.
2. Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Gates Scholarship was started in 2000 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with an aim to create a network of global leaders. At present, there are more than 1,300 alumni from 100 countries for Gates Cambridge Scholarship.
Eligibility to apply for Gates Cambridge Scholarship
The eligibility criteria for Gates Cambridge Scholarship are:
- A citizen of any country other than the United States
- The candidate must be applying to pursue a full-time residential course at the University of Cambridge. The course must be one among the following:
a) PhD (three year research only)
b) MSc or MLitt (two year research only)
c) One year postgraduate course (MPhil, MBA, LLM, Diploma or MASt)
How to apply for Gates Cambridge Scholarship?
The candidates apply for Gates Scholarship along with the application for the course via Graduate Admissions Office at the university. The documents that need to be submitted to consider for the scholarship are:
- Completed application form at the University of Cambridge after completing the Gates Cambridge Scholarship section
- Two academic references
- One personal reference
- Academic transcripts
- A personal statement that shows how the interest and achievements of the candidate could be used to improve the lives of people
Selection criteria of Gates Cambridge Scholarship
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship is very competitive and more than 4,000 applicants apply every year. There are four stages of selection process:
Stage 1: Departmental Ranking- The Trust asks the respective departments to rank the applicants so that only the best applicants are shortlisted and further considered for the scholarship.
Step 2: Shortlisting- The ranked candidates’ applications are sent to the Trust which then shortlists the applicants for interview.
Step 3: Interview- The interview is conducted either over phone or on Skype. The interview, which usually lasts for 20 minutes, is divided into four parts:
a) Welcome and introduction of the panel
b) Assessing the knowledge of the applicant about Gates Cambridge Scholarship
c) Questions on the academic and career plans of the student
d) Further questions and clarifications, if any
Step 4: Final selection- The chair of interview panel meets to decide the final awards
There are two rounds of scholarships:
Round 1 (USA): For this round, the Trust considers 800 applications and awards scholarship to 40 candidates.
Round 2 (International): In this round, the Trust considers 3,500 applications and 55 candidates are awarded the scholarship.
Award value of Gates Cambridge Scholarship
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship is a full scholarship where the candidate gets:
- The full tuition and University Composition Fee
- A maintenance allowance of Â£13,900 for 12 months as per 2014-15 rates
- Inbound visa costs
- One economy single airfare at the beginning and end of the course
- Additional funding:
a) Family allowance up to Â£9,630 for the first child and for the second child
b) Allowance up to Â£500 every year to attend conferences and courses
c) Maintenance allowance when in field during PhD field work
Deadlines for Gates Cambridge Scholarship
The deadlines for Gates Cambridge Scholarship are:
Round 1: US citizens
Round 2: Citizens from other countries except US and UK
|Stage||Round 1||Round 2|
|Applications open||1st September||1st September|
|Application deadline||15th October||2nd December|
|Supporting documents deadline||14 days after submitting application||14 days after submitting application|
|References deadline||14 days after submitting application||14 days after submitting application|
|Trust shortlisting||Mid-December||Early March|
|Shortlisted candidates invited to interview||Late December||Early March|
|Interviews||End January 2015 (USA)||End March 2015 (Cambridge, UK)|
|Scholarships offered||Early February||Late March|
3. Rhodes Scholarship
Named after British businessman Cecil Rhodes, the Rhodes scholarship was established in 1903 and is the oldest and one of the most respected international graduate scholarship programs in the world.
The Rhodes scholarship is funded by the Rhodes trust with support from John McCall MacBain, founder of the McCall MacBain Foundation, and other generous benefactors. The scholarship is only applicable for students studying in the University of Oxford.
Around 83 aspirants are selected from across the globe annually as Rhodes scholars from 14 countries.
Rhodes Scholarships is open to around 14 countries across the world. They are:
- Hong Kong
- Jamaica & the Commonwealth Caribbean
- New Zealand
- Southern Africa (including South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland)
- United States
Eligibility criteria for Rhodes Scholarship:
There are three general eligibility criteria which are applicable to students from all mentioned countries. They are:
- Citizenship: The aspirants should be citizens of the only country the Rhodes scholarship is open for. They should also be residents of the Rhodes constituency they are applying from.
- Age limit: Applicants should be a minimum of 18 years old and maximum 28 years old at the time of application.
- Education: Candidates should have a minimum Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject in order to be eligible to apply.
All Rhodes scholarships cover the given expenses:
- The scholarship covers university and college fee of the scholars;
- A personal stipend of around Â£13,000 fixed by the trustees
- The application fee of the University of Oxford.
- One economy class airfare to Oxford at the start of the scholarship and one economy flight back to the student's home country at the conclusion of the scholarship.
When and How to apply?
Applications for Rhodes Scholarships open during the spring and summer of the year preceding the year of admission. The applications usually open in April and the aspirants should submit their completed forms by end of July.
4. Commonwealth Scholarship
One of the most renowned scholarships programmes in the world, the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is an international scholarship programme under which Commonwealth governments offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commonwealth countries.
Commonwealth scholarship in the UK
The Commonwealth scholarship in UK is managed by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.
The Commonwealth scholarship in UK covers the following programs:
- Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study at a UK university
- Split-site scholarships for split-site PhD study at a UK university
- Shared scholarships for Master’s study at selected UK universities
- Distance learning scholarships to study UK Master’s degree courses in your home country
- Academic fellowships for early career academics to spend time at a UK university
- Professional fellowships for mid-career professionals to spend time at a UK host organisation
- Medical fellowships for doctors and dentists to spend time at a UK hospital.
However, the scholarship will only be offered at a UK university with which the CSC has a part funding agreement.
The scholarship covers the following
- 12 months’ support towards completion of a full-time taught postgraduate qualification at an eligible UK institution.
- Up to 36 months’ support towards completion of a full-time doctoral postgraduate qualification at an eligible UK institution.
- Partial or full concession on airfare to UK and from the country on the completion of the course.
- A personal maintenance allowance at the rate of Â£977 a month or Â£1,208 a month for those studying at institutions in the London Metropolitan area
- A paid mid-term fare to their home country for scholars on three year doctoral awards.
- Expenses on preparing a thesis wherever applicable.
- Reimbursement on visa fee wherever applicable.
Eligibility for Commonwealth Scholarship
There are some basic eligibility criteria you need to consider before applying for the Commonwealth scholarship. They are:
- Be a Commonwealth citizen
- Should be commencing academic studies in the United Kingdom by the start of a new UK academic year in September/October.
- Should be holding a degree of upper second class Honours standard or above; or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification
- As is required for a UK student visa, international candidates should apply for a Tier 4 visa and will be required to take an approved English language test and/or be screened for tuberculosis in order to obtain their visa.
- The scholarship can also be terminated due to unsatisfactory conduct, progress or attendance.
The general deadline for most study scholarship is around December. However, the deadline also depends on the university you are applying to.
5. ISH-London Met Scholarship Scheme
The ISH- London Met Scholarship is offered by the London Metropolitan University and International Students House (ISH) to outstanding students from selected countries to study Master’s course in the university.
ISH- London Met Scholarship is given to candidates from the following countries:
How to apply?
The candidates with an unconditional offer letter for admission from London Metropolitan University can apply for the scholarship. The candidates can either apply online or by paper. The application form is available on the official website. The deadline for the scholarship application is around end of April.
Eligibility criteria to apply for ISH- London Met Scholarship
- The candidate must have obtained an unconditional offer letter from the university
- The candidate must have a first class honours degree or with very high academic background
- The candidate must have an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in each section
- The candidate must be from one of the above mentioned countries
The scholarship covers the full tuition fee and free accommodation for one year at International Students House.
6. University of West London International Ambassador Scholarship
West London University offers International Ambassador Scholarship to international students wishing to undergo a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course at the university. The scholarship was started to provide financial support to outstanding students from around the world. Students who have been offered admission in a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course and wish to act as ambassadors for the University of West London are eligible for the West London University International Ambassador Scholarship. The winners of the scholarship, also called the International Ambassadors, will be active representatives of the university. They will participate in and support current and future promotional activities like events organised for scholars and by the International Office.
Eligibility to apply for International Ambassador Scholarships
- The candidates must have obtained admission for a full time undergraduate or postgraduate study
- The candidates must have obtained an unconditional offer letter from the University of West London
- Applicants must be open to taking up with the position of International Ambassador upon winning the scholarship
- The winners must show willingness to contribute in the promotion of the University of West London from time to time.
How to apply for International Ambassador Scholarship?
The candidates need to fill up the scholarship application form to apply for the scholarship once they get admission in the university. The application deadline for the scholarship is January every year. Scholarship amount is 5,000 pounds.
7. Millennium Development Scholarship
The University of West England, Bristol, offers Millennium Development Scholarship to international candidates studying postgraduate courses who wish to attain the Millennium Development Goals in their home country.
Eligibility to apply for Millennium Development Scholarship
- The candidate must have first class honours or equivalent in the bachelor’s degree examination
- The candidate must have obtained unconditional offer letter from the University of West London for one year postgraduate course
- The candidate must not hold any other scholarship
- The candidate must come under the category of international student who is entitled to pay overseas fee
- The candidate must be willing to undertake an internship working within the International Development Office and other departments
- The candidate must be willing to undertake ambassadorial activity for the university throughout the course
- The applicant must provide the university information on how the scholarship will help them to attain their task of achieving Millennium Development Goals in their country.
The scholarship is offered to one outstanding student every year. It covers the full tuition fee for one year postgraduate course in the university.
8. Sheffield Hallam University Transform Together Scholarships
Sheffield Hallam University offers Transform Together Scholarship to the European Union (outside UK) and international students who can provide significant achievements to the university.
Eligibility to apply for Transform Together Scholarships
- The candidate must be an international student or a member of any European Union country, except the UK
- For the postgraduate candidates, they must have excellent academic score for the undergraduate course and meet the English language requirements
- For the undergraduate candidates, they must meet the English language requirements and must meet all the eligibility criteria to get the admission for an undergraduate course
- The candidate must have obtained admission for a full time taught undergraduate or postgraduate course
- The candidate must be self-funding student
- The candidate must be able to pay any additional fee such as the fee for field trips
How to apply for Transform Together Scholarships?
The candidates will have to apply for a course first in order to be eligible to apply for the scholarship.
For postgraduate students: 100% tuition fee waiver
For undergraduate students: 50% tuition fee waiver in every year
9. Developing Solutions Scholarships at University of Nottingham
The Developing Solutions Scholarship is offered by the University of Nottingham to international students who wish to study at the university and make a difference to their home country. The scholarship is offered to international students who wish to study full time postgraduate courses in the following disciplines:
- Faculty of Engineering
- Faculty of Medicine & Health Science
- Faculty of Science
- School of Geography – courses related to the area of Environment
- Institute for Science & Society – courses related to the area of Science
- Business School – courses allied to Operations Management
- School of Law – MSc Law and Environmental Science)
Eligibility to apply for Developing Solutions Scholarship
- The candidates must be from either Africa, India or any other Commonwealth country
- The candidate must be classified as an overseas student for paying the fee
- The candidate must not have studied outside the home country before
- The candidate must not have studied in the University of Nottingham before or has not been studying in the university currently
- The candidate must have obtained admission in one of above given courses
The university offers 105 scholarships every year in which 50 are given with full tuition fee waiver and 75 with 50% tuition fee waiver.
10. Edinburgh Global Development Academy Scholarship
The University of Edinburgh announces Edinburgh Global Development Academy scholarships to students who wish to study in the university. The scholarship is offered for eligible candidates who study one of the following programmes offered by the Global Development Academy:
- MSc Africa and International Development
- MSc International Development
- MSc Environment and Development
The scholarship gives funding to two UK, EU students and one student from a least developed country.
Eligibility to apply for Edinburgh Global Development Academy Scholarship
- The candidate must have obtained admission for one of the above mentioned courses.
- The candidate must have excellent academic records.
- The candidate must be a citizen of one of the following countries:
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Sao Tome and Principe
United Republic of Tanzania
How to apply for Edinburgh Global Development Academy Scholarship?
Candidates wishing to apply for the Edinburgh Global Development Academy Scholarship must first obtain an offer letter from the university to study one of the above mentioned courses.
The value of the award is the tuition fees at the overseas students’ rate for the award holders from the least developed countries and domestic rate for the students from UK and EU.