Scholarships for international students

The schemes listed are the main funding awards for international students.

Most funding schemes offer partial assistance; funding bodies have strict criteria and competition for awards can be fierce. Therefore it is worth remembering to follow any instructions for how to make an application and make sure you apply before the deadline (which can be over a year before the start of your programme).

If you are seeking financial assistance you should first contact your own Ministry of Education who will be able to advise you on your own government’s schemes for students studying abroad. The British Council in your country should also be able to tell you of any British scholarship schemes for which you are eligible. If there is no British Council office, then contact your nearest British Embassy or High Commission. Some international organisations such as UNESCO and WHO operate scholarship schemes, usually for developing countries. In addition voluntary organisations such as religious bodies and charities sometimes award small bursaries. Contact the appropriate organisations in your own country for more information. You may also wish to visit the British Council scholarships and funding web pages.

As well as searching on these pages, you can also check the Funding database to look for all available scholarships that are offered by the University in each department.

Subject-specific scholarships and bursaries

A number of Colleges offer scholarships for students on specific degree programmes or subjects, and travel bursaries for study abroad. See our list of current subject-specific scholarships.

Subject-specific scholarships and bursaries

A number of Colleges offer scholarships for students on specific degree programmes or subjects, and travel bursaries for study abroad. See our list of current subject-specific scholarships.

Chevening Scholarships

The Chevening Programme, which is funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, was established in 1983 and has developed into a prestigious international scheme. Chevening Scholars come from more than 150 countries and territories worldwide (excluding the USA and the EU), and this year the Scholarships will support more than 1500 individuals. There are over 43,000 Chevening alumni around the world who together comprise an influential and highly regarded global network. Awards are typically for a one-year Master’s degree, in any subject and at any of the UK’s leading universities.

Applications for the scholarships must be submitted online. Applicants should read the online guidance and be able to demonstrate how they meet the Chevening selection criteria before submitting an application. Further details of closing dates and priority subject areas (which vary from country to country) are available on the individual country pages.

Applications for 2017 entry are now closed.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme

The Shared Scholarship Scheme is a joint initiative between the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UK universities, to support students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study a Masters programme in the United Kingdom. For full details please visit the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme website and for further details on the programmes eligible please check our Shared Scholarship Scheme webpage.

Applications for 2017 entry are now closed.

Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study – developing Commonwealth country citizens

Scholarships, including payment of tuition fees and living expenses, are available to students of high academic quality from developing Commonwealth countries. You must apply well in advance through the Commonwealth Scholarship Agency in the country in which you have your permanent home. Full details are available on the Commonwealth Scholarships website.

Applications for 2017 entry are now closed.

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Colfuturo-Ayudar Colombia The Colfuturo-Ayudar Scholarship is a joint award combining a Colfuturo loan/scholarship with an Exeter award funded by a generous donation to the University. It is intended to support the development of Colombian students who will use the expertise gained from either the MSc Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture or Exeter MBA to make a positive social, business and environmental impact. The award covers the full cost of international tuition fees plus a substantial subsistence allowance

To apply for the Colfuturo-Ayudar Scholarship please make an application to the relevant Masters programme, then apply to Colfuturo during the convocatoria period 9 Jan – 28 Feb 2018


BEC.AR award Argentina The Ministry of Modernisation of the Republic of Argentina offers full scholarships to cover tuition fees, living expenses and travel/health insurance costs to Argentinean students seeking a postgraduate programme in the UK.

For more details please see:

You will need an offer of a place from the University of Exeter.
BEC.AR – UK scholarship programme (for STEM related subjects) Argentina UUKi and the Argentinian Ministry of Education are working through the BEC.AR scholarship programme to further develop UK-Argentina bilateral relations and scientific collaboration. The second call of the BEC.AR-UK scholarship scheme opened on 26 October 2017 to award approximately 15 scholarships for students from Argentina to study in STEM related fields at UK universities. The call will close on 16 January 2018 for courses starting in September 2018. 

For more background information please read our press release or visit BEC.AR’s website or contact Rachael Sara-Kennedy, Head of International Partnerships and/or Marta Lezzerini, International Partnerships Officer at UUKi.

Becas Chile (Conicyt) Chile The National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (Conicyt) offers full scholarships to cover tuition fees, living expenses and airfare to Chilean students for Masters and PhD programmes. If you wish to apply, the scholarship the application is completed directly via Conicyt. You will first need an offer letter from Exeter.
Bolashak Scholarship Kazakhstan The University of Exeter is proud to host Bolashak Scholars on our Masters courses. The Bolashak Scholarship covers full tuition fees and living costs for postgraduate students studying a Masters in one of the following subjects at the University of Exeter: Accounting and Finance; Anthropology; Archaeology; Business and Management Studies; Foreign Languages; Geography; Geography and Environmental Science; Geology; History, Philosophy and Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies; Materials Technology; Mineral and Mining Engineering; Politics; Psychology; Social Policy; Sociology; Sport Science; Sports-Related Subjects Please visit the Bolashak Scholarship website for more details:
Indonesia-UK DIKTI Scholarship Programme Indonesia The Indonesia-UK DIKTI Scholarship Programme provides funding for lecturers at Indonesian universities and administrative staff at DIKTI and Indonesian state universities to undertake postgraduate study at many leading universities and higher education institutions in the United Kingdom. The programme will fund up to 750 academics to come and study in the UK over the next five years. All academic subjects are eligible for funding under the DIKTI programme. More information on the programme can be found at the Indonesia-UK DIKTI Scholarship Programme homepage.

Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme

Hong Kong

The HKSES aims to support local students to pursue studies in world renowned universities outside Hong Kong. All awardees will receive a non-means-tested scholarship to cover their tuition fees, subject to a ceiling of HK$250,000 per annum, whichever is lower.

In addition, a means-tested bursary will be granted to students who may need additional support to pursue their study, subject to a ceiling of HK$200,000 per student per annum.  The means-tested bursary will consist of two components, up to HK$50,000 per annum for covering tuition fee in excess of HK$250,000; and up to HK$150,000 per annum for covering living and other study-related expenses. 

The value of the award will be correspondingly reduced if an awardee also receives other awards to finance his/her same study overseas.

 Please visit the Education Bureau for more information:
Said Foundation Syria, Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon

The University co-operates with the Said Foundation to offer scholarships to Jordanian, Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian (including Palestinians inside Israel) nationals who are resident in the Foundation’s target countries. The scheme provides full scholarships for taught masters courses. Candidates must apply directly to the Foundation.

Further information about the scheme is available from the Said Foundation’s UK Scholarships page.


Applications for 2017 entry now closed.


WorldWideStudies Ukraine

WorldWideStudies is an educational program of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, aimed at fostering a new generation of Ukrainian professional elites. 

Project WorldWideStudies offers support to young people of Ukraine to pursue a Masters degree in the following 6 fields: agrarian studies, aerospace engineering, alternative energy, environment and ecology, public law and governance.

Further details about the scheme can be found on the WorldWideStudies website via:

USA - Various USA

The University is recognised by the US Department of Education for Title IV financial assistance. The University's Federal School Code list number is G09442. Advice on applications for federal aid is available on our Student Finance pages or may be sought from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) website. Disbursement of loan funding is made by cheque to the University on a termly basis.

American citizens may be eligible to apply for a Fulbright Award or Marshall Scholarship to support their Masters or PhD study. Awards are made on a competitive basis. See the relevant website for further information.
Further details can be found on the relevant website.

The Shared Scholarship Scheme is a joint initiative between the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UK universities, to support students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study a Masters programme in the United Kingdom. Please note that all candidates must have met the English Language Requirements before applying. 

Applications for the Commonwealth Scholarship for 2018 entry are open and will close on 17 April.  There will be up to six scholarships awarded to eligible applicants for the following subjects:

MSc Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture 

MSc Sustainable Development

MSc Environment and Human Health

For more information on the scheme, including information on who is eligible to apply and how to apply, please see the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships - Information for candidates section on the Commonwealth Scholarships website.

Click here to find out more about our current Commonwealth Shared Scholarship students

There are a number of scholarships available to students wishing to study on our three week International Summer School.  These include:

  • Four Fulbright scholarships for US students.  These full scholarships include a bespoke week studying climate change related topics prior to the main programme.
  • Santander Universities funded scholarships - to be confirmed in December.
  • A variety of partial scholarships funded by the University of Exeter. 

Please contact if you have any questions.