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If you’ve got a yearning for fish n’ chips, tea and drizzle, you’re probably considering undertaking further study in the UK. (There are also one or two good universities around, you’ll be pleased to know.)

UK education doesn’t come cheap these days, making scholarships and similar funding opportunities highly sought-after. Although this means that scholarship funding is extremely competitive, it also means a growing number of scholarships are being offered as UK universities seek to attract the most talented international students.

Below is a selection of scholarships to study in the UK, some funded by the UK government, some by external organizations, and many by individual UK universities.

Government-funded UK scholarships for international students

  • British Chevening Scholarships – UK scholarships for international students funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organizations. The scholarships provide full or part funding for full-time graduate programs in any subject.
  • Commonwealth Scholarships for Developing Commonwealth Countries – Scholarships for international students from developing countries in the Commonwealth, for studies at master’s and PhD level. The full list of eligible countries is available here.
  • Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme at UK Universities – UK scholarships for international students undertaking taught master’s programs in the UK. Programs studied must be demonstrably relevant to the development of technology, economy or society within the student’s country of origin.

Non-governmental UK scholarships for international students

  • Euraxess UK – Euraxess is an initiative of the European Commission, providing support for researchers in Europe. The UK branch of the scheme is run by the British Council, offering various graduate research scholarships for international students from around the world.
  • CastleSmart Scholarship - Estate agent CastleSmart offers £6,000 annually for an undergraduate student in the UK (open to all nationalities). Applicants must create a compelling YouTube video outlining their study and career plans.

For African students:

View more scholarships for African students >

For Armenian students:

  • The Luys Scholarship Program – Awards loans or scholarships to Armenian students to study at the world’s top universities, including the UK universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

For Chinese students:

View more international scholarships for Chinese students >

For French students:

For Indian students:

More international scholarships for Indian students are available here >

For Pakistani students:

University-specific UK scholarships for international students

This article was originally published in September 2014. It was updated in January 2016.

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Written by Laura Tucker

Laura is a staff writer for TopUniversities.com, providing advice and guidance for students on a range of topics helping them to choose where to study, get admitted and find funding and scholarships. A graduate of Queen Mary University of London, Laura also blogs about student life. View her past articles and blog posts here.

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pls help me to study in UK if you have any information. I am waiting pls

Hi my name is Godfred Eric Boateng from Ghana. it is my greatest heart desire to study business administration in one of the universities in UK that is offering scholarship.

Hi Godfred, our article on business scholarships around the world includes options to study in the UK, so hopefully you can find the right one for you amongst these. Good luck!

Hi My name is Brian Nyikuli and I come from Kenya. My dream has been to pursue my education and be the best there is in my career. Unfortunately I am not able to pay for my masters and I would love it if I could get a chance to get a masters scholarship.

Hi Brian, please take a look at our list of scholarships for African students, which includes options to study a master's degree in the UK. Hope this helps! 

hi i need scholarships for uk

Hello. I am from Mongolia, Central Asia, who have completed bachelor degree on international relations. I have been working as foreign relations manager in a company for almost 6 years . so I want to get master degree in UK. Please help me Thanks

Hello, am looking for scholarships to uk, I have already got my offer letter to study Beng in civil engineering in Coventry University.
Can you help me,
Thanks

Hi Daniel, please take a look at our list of scholarships for engineering students. I'd also advise you to have a look on Coventry University's official website for information on any funding opportunities they have available. Hope this helps! 

Hello. I'd like to study a Bachelors degree in Education through an scholarship. Could you please give me more information about it?

I have just completed my CAT (certified accounting technician) papers. I would like to pursue my ACCA in united kingdom. Is there any scholarship i'm eligible for?

Hey, I am a third (final) year student of university of Delhi. So, would I be eligible to apply for masters in foreign , especially UK, universities, as I shall not be having my degree at the time of application.?

Hi Aditi, you can apply for masters degrees at UK universities as long as you're expected to achieve the required degree and grade needed for admission. 

Hi im interested to further my studies in Masters+PhD in the UK....I hve been teaching English for 10 years now. Im looking for a scholarship to support my studies thus allowing me to progress as the next leader in the field of education n second language. Any advice & suggestions? Thx a million.

Hi Im Ver from Philippines. I will take Masters in Computer Science in University of Westminster this Sept 2016, applying scholarship I think reached the deadline. Are there any organizations that still open for scholarships? Thank you in advance.

hi im jenny a fresh grad, in highschool from philippines looking for scholarship to study for the course of accountancy :)

Hi Jenny, please take a look at our article on business and entrepreneurship scholarships around the world, which includes scholarships to study accounting. Hope this helps! 

I am Bangladeshi.Please help me about a scholarship.i want to complete my masters on UK.please suggest me and give me a guide line.
Now I have already complete my masters in business studies in Bangladesh national university on management.

Hi Supal, please take a look at our list of scholarships to study business. For more information on studying in the UK, please download our complete guide. 

help help i need help in order to study in europe please help me to get a sholarship to study i really want to learn i am a gambia a country in africa please help as soon as posible please

Hi Isatou, please take a look at our list of scholarships to study in Europe and our list of scholarships for African students. You may also like to download our guide on how to find scholarships to study abroad. Hope this helps! 

Looking for scholarship to study masters in Actuarial Science in a UK university. Kindly help.

Good Day, I'm Reymark Cruz from Philippines, looking forward to study medicine abroad. By any chance do you offer medicine and/or scholarship for a foreign student. Hoping for your favourable response.

Hi Reymark, please take a look at our list of medical scholarships around the world. :)

Hi my name is Paola and I am writting from Costa Rica. I studied Mechanical Engineering and I already have an offer to study Msc. In Biomedical Engineering. However I am havibg troubles finding funding. I would like to know if you can give me some advice of possible scholarships available within my area of study. Thank you!

Hi Paola, please take a look at our list of scholarships for engineering students. Hope this helps!

Hi my name is Marios and i am Greek student looking to do my master in cognitive and decision sciences in UCL. I am making my application these days and i am struggling to find scholarships which i met the criteria for my master as a part time or or a full-time . I would appreciate any advice you have on where to look for scholarships or funding ?

Hi Marios, I'd advise you to first check UCL's official website for possible scholarships you could apply for. If you search on the internet you may also be able to find scholarships to suit you. Please take a look at our new guide on how to find scholarships to study abroad for more information. :)

Hi, my name is Tessa and I am a South African student looking to do my Masters in Architecture in the UK. I have already been accepted by 3 UK universities and I am looking for full or partial funding. I am struggling to find scholarships which I meet the criteria for as my Masters is a 2-year course rather than a 1-year course. I would appreciate any advice you have on where to look for scholarships or funding?

Hi Tessa, please take a look at our list of scholarships to study architecture. We've also recently published a guide on how to find scholarships to study abroad. I'd also advise you to check the official websites of the three universities you're considering, to see if they have any scholarships available for you. Hope this helps. :) 

Kevin R , Hi , I am a Mauritian, looking for a full scholarship to study Engineering Mechanical & aeronautical. I have completed the Higher School Certificate with very good results . Thanks to advise

Hi Kevin, please take a look at our list of scholarships for engineering students. :)

Hello, I am a Zimbabwean. I'm looking for a Full scholarship to study Information technology or computer sciences in England. I have Good High school grades. Please Advise Thanks.

Hi Derek, I've replied to your comment here. For more information on how to find a scholarship, please take a look at our guide. :)

i am pharmacy student from egypt i want to study in Uk i want to know what is the parameters they choose for the scholarships with it how to get it ?

Hi Hassan, you can find the requirements, and other information on how scholarship providers choose a successful applicant, from their website. :)

Hi and thanks for the useful information. All the UK scholarships seem to be for foreign international students wanting to study in the UK. We're British nationals who have been living in Australia for the past 10 year with a daughter who wants to go back to University. I believe she'd be seen as an international student which is way too much for us to afford. Do you know of any way around this and be considered as a local or a scholarship that could help pay for the costs. Many thanks!

Good day! Thank you all for writing such useful articles.
I wonder why do universities like Oxford offer fully funded scholarships? And what are award holders are supposed to do after graduating? Are they absolutely free and able to do anything they want (go back home and work there)?

Hi Abdulloh! As far as I'm aware, the Clarendon scholarships at Oxford (listed in the article) are completely free as long as you meet all the requirements, and you are free to go home to seek work after your degree. I'd advise getting in touch with Oxford to clarify this.

Hi Laura,
Please could you help advising any available schorlarship you would suggest to me. I have just secured an admission to do a professional doctorate in a UK university.

Hi currently I'm studying Alevels in Pakistan. I just completed my Olevels this year and got 7A*s and 1A. I have taken Biology , Chemistry , Physics and Maths in Alevels. I want to study MBBS in UK so where can I get information about scholarships. Please suggest me sites where i can get info about when, where and how to apply since I still haven't decided on a university.

Hello, as well as the scholarships listed above, we have an article listing medical scholarships around the world, which includes scholarships to study in the UK. 

Hi, if I have already started my phd but have a financial problem, are there any chances for me to get some funding?

Hi Alex, there may be a chance of you getting funding! Are you studying in the UK? If yes, see this article on PhD Funding in the UK.

If not, check out our post on PhD funding Around the World, this post and this one of postgraduate funding options in the UK.

I hope this helps! Laura :)

Hi Im from the Philippines and I wanted to have scholarship in europe , should I take an exam in order to be scholar?

Hi there, for information on studying in Europe, see our country guides but for general information on studying abroad you can check out our How to Study Abroad FAQ. If you have any more queries however, please feel free to comment again :) Good luck! Laura

If I get this scholarship then should I pay for anything? Or everything is free of charge during the all university years?

Hi Shaig. All of the scholarships listed above are different, but I'm afraid it's rare to find one that would cover all your living and study costs. Usually a scholarship would cover part or all of your tuition fees, though sometimes you may also/instead receive a stipend to cover living expenses.

Thanks for sharing! It's very useful for students.

Am a BA graduate willing to pursue further studies in the uk. I have already identified the university I want to enroll but I need some schorlaship to help me better equip my self with advance knowledge for my masters. Am currently in Ghana and seek some information on the schorlahips. Will be pleased if you can feed me with information on the schorlaship through my email