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.

Undergraduate

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.

Postgraduate

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

Chevening Scholarships, which are funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, operate in 118 countries worldwide, and this year will support over 600 established or emerging leaders. 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.

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 details please visit the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme website.

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

Scholarships, including payment of tuition fees and living expenses, are available to students of high academic quality from 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 Scholarship and Fellowship Plan website.

Funding for students from the 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.

The Thouron Award is a graduate exchange programme between British universities and the University of Pennsylvania.

Funding for students from Syria, Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon

The University co-operates with the Said Foundation to offer Karim Rida Said Fund Scholarships to Jordanian, Lebanese, Syrian or Palestinian (including Palestinians inside Israel) nationals who are resident in the Middle East. The scheme is able to provide full or matched funding for taught masters. In order to apply for funding you must return a Said Foundation application form to the British Council office in Amman, Beirut, East Jerusalem, Gaza or Nazareth by 5 January 2014. Candidates must apply to the University if your proposed course is offered. Further information about the scheme is available from the Said Foundation’s UK Scholarships page.

Funding for students from Ukraine

WorldWideStudies is an educational program of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, aimed at fostering a new generation of Ukrainian professional elites. As part of the program the Foundation implements two projects: WorldWideStudies and WorldWideStudies - engineers of the future.

Project WorldWideStudies offers support to young people of Ukraine to pursue a Masters degree in these specialties:

  1. Agricultural Science
  2. Ecology and Environment
  3. Law
  4. Public Administration
  5. Alternative Energy
  6. Aerospace Engineering

All candidates for WorldWideStudies grant awards can submit their applications for the 2014-15 academic year online at www.worldwidestudies.org. Please note that the application deadline is 15 May 2014.

Funding for students from Japan

Daiwa Foundation Tohoku Scholarships

In response to the 11 March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in the north east of Japan the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, in partnership with the British Council in Japan, has launched a £250,000 scholarship fund to support Japanese students in the Tohoku region.

The aim of this initiative is to support post-secondary level students from any part of Tohoku (Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima or Yamagata prefectures), in particular those areas most affected by the recent events (Miyagi, Fukushima and Iwate prefectures) seeking to study for a period at an educational institution in the United Kingdom.

Applications will also be considered from students from the Tohoku region who are currently studying in the UK but who require financial support to continue their studies. Scholarship applications may be submitted for the following types of courses, beginning in 2012 or 2013:

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses (including foundation programmes) in all subject areas
  • PhD and post-doctoral research programmes
  • Vocational courses at universities and colleges of further education
  • English language course (e.g. pre-sessional courses, English language summer schools)

For more details, including how to apply, please see www.dajf.org.uk or www.britishcouncil.org/japan and refer to the Tohoku Scholarships publicity. The application deadline for 2014 entry is the 5 December 2013.

Funding for students from Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Uganda and Mauritania and Gabon

The Tullow Scholarship

The Tullow Scholarship scheme is open to students from Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Uganda and Mauritania and Gabon and is supported by the British Council. Tullow Oil Plc is funding numerous full scholarships for students applying to the following subjects at postgraduate level:

  • Geosciences (Geophysics, Geology)
  • Engineering (Petroleum Engineering, Oil and Gas Engineering, Petrochemical Engineering, Subsea Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Automation Systems, and Electrical Engineering)
  • Agriculture and Agro-based courses
  • Environmental and Forestry Management
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Marine Sciences (Fisheries, aqua-culture)
  • Logistics and Supply Chain
  • Law
  • Business (Economics, Finance and Management).
  • Any other suitable courses relevant to participating countries

Details of the application process may be found at tullowgroupscholarshipscheme.org

Funding for students from Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Iraqi Kurdistan, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Seychelles, Tanzania

The Afren One Planet MBA Scholarship (£34,000) covers the full MBA tuition fee for 2012/13, as well as a contribution towards accommodation and living expenses. Eligible candidates will need to meet the full entry requirements for the MBA and also (i) have a background or demonstrable interest in the oil and gas sector and (ii) be a resident of one of the following countries/regions: Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Iraqi Kurdistan, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Seychelles, Tanzania.

To apply for the scholarship, please complete the following application: Afren and Syngenta Scholarship Application form. The deadline for the application is the 30 June 2013. For further information, please visit the Scholarships for One- Planet MBA.

Funding for students from an emerging market country (preferably from Latin America, Asia Pacific or South Asia)

The Syngenta One Planet MBA Scholarship (£19,000) covers the full MBA tuition fee for 2012/13. Eligible candidates will need to meet the full entry requirements for the MBA and also (i) have a background or demonstrable interest in food security and (ii) be a citizen of an emerging market country (preferably from Latin America, Asia Pacific or South Asia).

To apply for the scholarship, please complete the following application: Afren and Syngenta Scholarship Application form. The deadline for the application is the 30 June 2013. For further information, please visit the Scholarships for One Planet MBA.

Funding for students from Colombia

One full scholarship is available for residents from Colombia, covering tuition fees, accommodation and living expenses. The scholarship is available to applicants for the full-time One Planet MBA and funds have been donated by an alumnus of the Business School. See further details

You should first apply for a place on the MBA. and receive an offer. Once you have received an offer, you will be interviewed (probably via Skype) by the MBA Programme Director and the Donors. Scholarships are awarded on a discretionary basis, with eligibility assessed on the basis of your academic qualifications, work experience and your personal statement. For more information about eligibility requirements, see the Ayudar One Planet MBA Scholarship page.

Funding for students from Indonesia

Indonesia-UK DIKTI Scholarship Programme

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.