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Scholarship Opportunities for Studying in the UK

Updated: Apr 11, 2022

Studying in the United Kingdom is a fantastic way to have access to a world-class education. However, such high-quality education rarely comes cheap, and many international students require financial assistance to cover all or part of their studies and living expenses in the United Kingdom.

The competition is usually fierce when it comes to applying for lucrative UK scholarships. Most of the best providers assess a variety of factors, your previous academic experience inclusive. So, if you can demonstrate that you are a top student with outstanding academic achievements as an international student, do not hesitate to apply for an international scholarship in the UK.

Some scholarships are open to all students, while others are specific to certain subjects or countries of origin. Here are some of the most popular scholarship opportunities available to international students whose study destination is the UK.

1. Chevening Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme that offers future leaders the unique opportunity to study in the UK. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from Chevening-eligible countries and are typically for a one-year Master’s degree. Scholars are selected based on leadership and academic merit, of course - but also on what you plan to give back to your home country after you complete your award.

2. Commonwealth Scholarships

The Commonwealth Scholarships are designed for students from developing Commonwealth countries who want to study for a Master's degree in the United Kingdom and is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). These scholarships include, among other things, flight fees to the United Kingdom and vice versa, tuition and examination fees and monthly allowance.

3. The Royal Society Grants

The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists. It is the world’s oldest scientific academy in existence. Its goal is to encourage scientific excellence, support collaboration at an international level and demonstrate the significance of science to everyone. The Royal Society is a Fellowship offers a variety of grants which can be found here.

4. Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships

Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships are a fantastic opportunity to study in a country with world-class universities and a long tradition of academic excellence, like the United Kingdom. The Scottish Government, in collaboration with Scottish universities, offer these scholarships to study full-time Masters degrees fully delivered in Scottish universities. To find out more about the study options available, click here

5. Other Scholarships from UK Universities

Universities in the United Kingdom have a large number of international students and provide a variety of scholarship programs for international students based on their academic achievements or financial needs. Some of these scholarships are listed below:

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