Top UK scholarships for Indian students
Updated on Aug 25, 2014 - 5:22 p.m. IST by Bedasree Das
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Scholarship is one of the most important factors that attract a student to study abroad. If you are planning to pursue your education in the United Kingdom, it always helps to know about the Top UK scholarships for Indian students. The British Government as well as many universities and private trusts provide a plethora of scholarships to Indian students studying in UK.

Here, we bring you a list of top UK scholarships applicable for Indian students:


1.  Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships:

One of the widely known scholarships for Indian students in the UK , Dr. Manmohan Singh Scholarships  was launched in 2007 in honour of the former Prime minister of India. The scholarship is available for students who want to pursue their doctoral degrees from St John’s College, Cambridge University- alma mater of Dr Singh. Dr. Singh is a graduate and Honorary Fellow of St John’s College. The doctoral degrees are mainly available for students in subjects like Science & Technology, Economics and Social Sciences. 

The Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships are fully-funded and cover:

  1. Academic fees

  2. International airfare

  3. Monthly stipend to cover living expenses

  4. UK visa.

To avail the benefits of the scholarship, the aspirant has to hold a master’s degree with a First class in the given subject. Besides fulfilling Cambridge University’s admission criteria, the candidate should also be below 35 years of age with evidence of exceptional participation in leadership activities. 

The selection process includes shortlisting of the initial applications followed by personal interviews, the result of which are declared within a month of the interview.


How to apply: In order to apply, visit the Board of Graduate Studies (BoGs) website and apply both for the university and the scholarship. You can submit the form at the British Council. The deadline for the application is generally in January every year.


2.  Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship programme (CSFP) is one of the world’s largest scholarships programmes aimed at students of Commonwealth countries who wish to pursue their higher education.

CISF is offered under the below mentioned courses in the UK.

  1. Doctoral Degree up to three years duration

  2. One Year Taught Master’s Course

  3. Six months of Clinical Training

The CISF is available to students who want to pursue their education in subjects like Engineering and Technology, Science (Pure and Applied), Agriculture and Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan covers the following expenses:

  • Economy return international travel

  • Tuition fee

  • Adequate maintenance and other allowances.

To avail the benefits of the scholarship, the candidate should be at least 40 years of age at the time of applying and should have completed his/her tertiary education in English.

For the scholarship, the preliminary selection of candidates for scholarships is carried out in India by the MHRD, Department of Education and Government of India.

For the fellowship, preliminary selection of candidates for Academic Staff Fellowships is carried out in India by University Grants Commission (UGC).


3.   Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships

The Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarship (CWIT) offers grants to early and mid-level professionals from India to pursue their education in the UK. Established in 1981, CWIT includes fully-funded awards; visiting fellowships in subjects at specific institutions; grants for research and professional visits; grants for doctoral study; and grants to attend the Scottish Universities Summer School. What the Charles Wallace scholarship does is to enable an aspirant to pursue his/her professional ambitions in areas such as arts, heritage conservation or the humanities.


Below are the scholarships covered under it:


A. Long term: CWIT offers around 10 long-term scholarships to aspirants, particularly, having experience in Arts and Heritage Conservation. The scholarships are awarded for 2-3 months and can be extended upto a year covering accommodation, living costs, fees and a contribution to international fares.


B. Short Research: The Short Research scholarships allow 10-15 grants every year for short research visits by scholars and professionals working in arts, heritage conservation and the humanities.


C.  Final year of Doctoral study in UK: CWIT offers grants toward final year of Doctoral study in UK.


D. Visiting fellowships: Under this plan,there are 10 fellowships that academics, writers and translators can avail and spend 2-3 months at host universities. Interestingly, these fellows are also expected to contribute to the host institution by conducting seminars or presenting their own research or writing.


E.  KCL-Charles Wallace India Visiting Fellowships: The selected fellows will spend three months in UK to coincide with one term at King’s College London where they will work towards developing their research.


F.  Museology: This scholarship gives aspirants the opportunity for a placement in museology, archaeology, curating or conservation at the Victoria and Albert Museum or other agreed institutions.


How to apply: Contact for any information regarding application of the above application. You can also visit the British Council site to know more about the CWIT scholarships.


4.     LSE Asia Research Centre Fellowships

The London School of Economics has mainly two scholarships under it. They are:

  • Sir Ratan Tata Fellowship and

  • Subir Chowdhury Fellowship.

a. Sir Ratan Tata Fellowship: With a view to engage students in social sciences research, the Sir Ratan Tata Fellowship is awarded to South Asian students to pursue research in subjects like Growth and Inclusion; Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability; Social and Human Security; Population and Development; Governance and Democracy. The scholarship is awarded for a period of 8 months and is supported by the Ratan Tata Trust. As part of the fellowship, students are expected to finish a piece of research of publishable quality during their stay and make a presentation at a seminar or lecture arranged by the Asia Research Centre. The fellowship trust will award selected fellows with a monthly stipend of £1,500, although the actual value depends on the qualification of the aspirant.


How to apply: Applications for this fellowship can be mailed to The applications usually open around April to May every year.


b.  Subir Chowdhury Fellowship: The Subir Chowdhury Fellowship is a unique fellowship, which requires fellows to have prior experience in social science research on India or Bangladesh or both. However during the period, the fellows will have to engage in research analyzing the impact of quality and behaviour on Asian economies, which may not be restricted to India and Bangladesh. The fellowship, funded by Subir and Malini Chowdhury Foundation, allows a monthly subsistence allowance of up to £1,750, and provides fellows with shared work space and access to research facilities at the school.


How to apply: Applications for this fellowship can be mailed to The applications usually open around April to May every year.


5.   GREAT Scholarships

Worth nearly 1 million pounds, the GREAT scholarship programme is a part of the UK Government’s education campaign in India. It is the umbrella body of the single largest number of scholarships ever launched in India covering a massive 370 scholarships.

The GREAT scholarships are available for 260 under-graduate and post-graduate courses at 36 institutions in UK. The scholarship, generally, covers the mentioned subjects:

  • Engineering

  • Law

  • Business

  • Art & Design

  • Biosciences and IT.

How to apply: The GREAT scholarships have been launched in collaboration with 36 institutes so you can apply for the scholarship when the applications open for the respective institute.


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6.  The Felix Scholarship

Felix Scholarship Trust offers up to 6 scholarships each for Indian graduates at University of Oxford, University of Reading & School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) every year. The Felix trust offers upto 20 scholarships every year.

The scholarships are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic merit and financial need. An interesting feature of the Felix scholarship is that it is open to all fields, except medicine. However, students are expected to pursue studies in subjects that would be beneficial to their country of origin and they should have a desire to return to their own country once their studies are complete.


Since the scholarship is majorly based on merit, make sure you have at least a first class degree bachelors from an accredited institution.


How to apply: Application can be made to only one institution. The deadlines for application for all the three institutes are usually in January every year.


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7.   Rhodes Scholarships India

The Rhodes Scholarships are offered to 5 talented scholars pursuing post graduation at the University of Oxford. Established in 1903, Rhodes is the oldest known international graduate scholarship program in the world producing notable world leaders like Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Girish Karnad, among others. The scholarship programme seeks aspirants who are driven by intellect, character, leadership and commitment to service. Rhodes is a fully-funded programme offering scholarships, mainly, in the fields of Pure or Applied Sciences, Humanities, Law or Medicine. Aspirants are required to have at least a first class degree from their respective fields.


The scholarship covers:

  1. University and College fees

  2. A stipend

  3. One economy class airfare to Oxford at the beginning and end of the scholarship

How to apply: You can apply for Rhodes online. Applications are usually open from June to July.


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8.  Oxford and Cambridge Society of India scholarships

The Oxford and Cambridge Society of India (OCSI) scholarships are available for admission to the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge respectively. Students who have  secured admission to the University of Oxford or to the University of Cambridge are eligible for the scholarship.

The following scholarships are available under this programme:

  1. One OCSI scholarship worth Rs. 400,000 at either Cambridge or Oxford

  2. One scholarship worth Rs. 100,000 at Emmanuel College, Cambridge

  3. One scholarship worth Rs. 100,000 tenable only at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

  4. One scholarship worth Rs. 100,000 tenable only at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford

  5. One scholarship worth GBP 1,000 (British Pound One Thousand only) tenable only to read Economics at the University of Cambridge.

How to apply: The application forms for OCSI are available at the Oxford or Cambridge websites.


9.  Gates Cambridge Scholarships

The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are offered to gifted individuals to pursue postgraduate degree in any subject at the University of Cambridge. What is unique about this scholarship is that there is provision for applying for the  scholarship for the second time if you are already a Gates scholarship recipient.


How to apply: Applicants can apply for both Gates Cambridge Scholarship and admission to a postgraduate course at the University of Cambridge via the Graduate Admissions Office. Applications for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship generally open in September for the next session.


10.  Chevening Scholarships

 The Chevening scholarship programme provides assistance to students as well as mid career professionals across an extensive range of fields like media, economy, politics, Information Technology, culture, and so on. Over 90 aspirants can avail the scholarship every year from India.

Chevening through its partnerships provides scholarships for masters programme and short term fellowship programmes, most of which are fully- funded.


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