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Funding and scholarships for students

Funding 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).

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Financial assistance

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.

Subject-specific scholarships and bursaries

Our academic colleges offer subject and programme specific scholarships for international students (some of which are also nationality-specific). Please use the Funding Database to search by subject. 

Subject-specific scholarships and bursaries

Our academic colleges offer subject and programme specific scholarships for international students (some of which are also nationality-specific). Please use the funding database to search by subject.

University of Exeter - Green Futures Scholarships

As part of our commitment to a Green Future, the University of Exeter is offering up to 9 Green Futures Postgraduate Taught Scholarships for study on one of our eligible Masters programmes in 2022/23. These awards are available to support exceptional candidates from Low and Middle Income Countries to pursue their academic and career goals - combining education for sustainable development with global citizenship to deliver equitable and sustainable Green Futures around the world.

Find out more about applying for one of these scholarships here.

Chevening Scholarships

The Chevening Programme, which is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and partner organisations, was established in 1983 and has developed into a prestigious international scheme. Chevening Scholars come from more than 160 countries and territories worldwide. There are over 50,000 Chevening alumni around the world who together comprise an influential and highly regarded global network. Awards are typically for a one-year Masters degree, in any subject and at any of the UK’s leading universities. 

Chevening offers a unique opportunity for future leaders and influencers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK. The University of Exeter is delighted to host Chevening Scholars.

Applications for the 2022/23 scholarships, including our Chevening/University of Exeter Politics Scholarship, closed on 2 November 2021. You can subscribe to the Chevening newsletter for updates here.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme

The Shared Scholarship scheme is a joint initiative between the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and UK universities, to support aspiring students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study a Masters programme in the UK. The University of Exeter is proud to support this scheme.  

Applications for the 2022/23 Commonwealth Shared Scholarships closed on 20 December 2021 with results by July 2022. Details of the scheme are available on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s website.  

Commonwealth Scholarships for Masters and PhD study 

Scholarships are available to students of high academic quality from certain Commonwealth countries. You must apply well in advance through the Commonwealth Scholarship agency in the country in which you have your permanent home. Applications for 2022/23 closed on 1 November 2021 (with the deadline for references being 22 November 2021). Full details are available on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s website for both Masters and PhD awards. 

Applications are open for Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships and close on 17 February 2022.  These support PhD candidates from low and middle income countries to spend 12 months, starting in September 2022, studying full-time at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country. Details are available here     

University of Exeter - GREAT Scholarships 

In partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, the University of Exeter is pleased to participate in the GREAT Scholarships programme, which supports postgraduate students to access world-class UK higher education opportunities. 

The scholarship programme offers financial support of a minimum of £10,000 to students pursuing one year postgraduate taught study in the UK. Students can apply for courses in a range of subjects, at the participating institutions across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

For more information on the GREAT Scholarships 2022, please visit Study UK and the British Council website in your country. Applications for the 2022/23 academic year opened on 25 October 2021. Details are available here.

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(BECAS Chile)

ANID (the National Research and Development Agency) provides full scholarships for Chilean students to pursue their postgraduate studies.  Scholarships cover tuition fees, living expenses and airfare across Masters and PhD programmes.

You will need an offer letter from Exeter and complete a scholarship application via ANID.

Colfuturo-Ayudar Colombia

COLFUTURO is a Colombian non-profit foundation established in 1991 with the support of the National Government and some of the most important private sector companies in the country. COLFUTURO awards take the form of a scholarship loan of up to US$50,000 for a maximum of two years. Students may be awarded scholarships for 80% of the loaned amount, provided they accomplish certain requirements.

The University has partnered with COLFUTURO to consider their Masters level scholars for an additional award - the Ayudar Scholarship which provides a living stipend in line with UK Research Council recommendations: c. £15,609 in 2021. The Ayudar Scholarship is intended to support the development of Colombian students who will use the expertise gained from completion of a University of Exeter Masters degree to make a positive social, cultural, business or environmental impact in Colombia.  All Colombian Colfuturo scholars holding an offer to study a University of Exeter taught Masters degree are eligible to be considered for the Ayudar Scholarship.

For more details and how to apply, visit the COLFUTURO website, or contact COLFUTURO

There is no separate application for the University's Ayudar Scholarship, all eligible Colombian Colfuturo scholars holding an offer to study a taught Masters at the University of Exeter will be considered.

Application deadline: 28 February 2022


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:
FUNED Mexico Mexico

FUNED (Fundación Mexicana para la Educación, la Tecnología y la Cienciais) is a non-profit private foundation that grants loans of up to $30,000 towards tuition fees, including 10% scholarship, for Mexican nationals pursuing overseas Masters programmes. 

The University of Exeter is delighted to have an agreement with FUNED which offers a 20% tuition fee discount to FUNED scholars.

You will need an offer letter from Exeter and scholarship applications are submitted via FUNED  Please see the FUNED website for further information and full eligibility criteria.
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$300,000 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 for covering living and other study-related expenses.

Eligible students who intend to apply for the HKSES are welcome to submit their application through the HKSES online application system.

Please visit the Education Bureau for more information:
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.
PRONABEC Scholarship Peru

Full details of the postgraduate scholarship can be found through the PRONABEC website.

Applicants will be required to apply for their degree programme through the normal University of Exeter postgraduate application process 

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 Foundation will consider Syrians residing elsewhere due to current circumstances in this country. 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.




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 Loan 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.
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:

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.

Global Excellence Scholarships

At the University of Exeter we combine world-class teaching and research from exceptional locations in South West England.

Whether you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student, we have more than £2.5 million worth of scholarships available for international fee paying students applying to study with us in January 2022 or the 2022/23 academic year.

Scholarships will be awarded for outstanding academic quality.