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Calling all Brits! Check out this range of current international scholarships for UK students to study across the world. Whether you’re applying for an undergraduate degree, considering a master’s or keen to study a PhD, there’s likely to be a scholarship available to help you with funding.

Read on to discover a wide range of study abroad scholarships for UK students, including government scholarships, bilateral student exchanges, commonwealth scholarships and external grants. Happy scholarship hunting!

For more personal guidance and your chance to meet representatives of leading universities from around the world, consider attending one of our upcoming QS World Grad School Tour and QS World University Tour events in London. Scroll to the bottom of this article for more details.

To study anywhere in the world

To study in Asia

  • Chinese Government Scholarships – Government scholarships open to EU students looking to gain funding to study in China. Open to students of all levels. (2016/17 round of applications now closed – check back soon for the 2017/18 round.)
  • Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships for UK Citizens – Commonwealth scholarships for UK students to study for a PhD in Singapore or New Zealand. There are also scholarships to study a master’s degree in low- and middle-income countries such as South Africa. Commonwealth scholarships to study in India are expected to be available in the near future.
  • Generation UK China Scholarships – Scholarships for UK students to study at a Chinese University for 5-12 months, covering tuition fees, accommodation, and a basic living allowance. You can choose what location and subject you’d like, but it is at non-degree level.
  • Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme – PhD scholarships for high-achieving international students to study for their PhD in Hong Kong at selected institutions.
  • Japanese MEXT Scholarship ProgrammeUndergraduate and postgraduate scholarships for outstanding British students to study any subject in Japan. No knowledge of the Japanese language is required unless you wish to study subjects such as law or Japanese literature. 
  • JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme – Postgraduatescholarships for UK doctorate holders wishing to conduct research in Japan at a selected institution.  

To study in Australia and New Zealand

To study in Australia:

Click here for more scholarships to study in Australia.

To study in New Zealand:

Click here for more scholarships to study in New Zealand.

To study in Europe

  • Erasmus+ ­– EU-funded study abroad scholarships to study at universities across Europe as part of a student exchange. This will allow you to study abroad for 3-12 months as part of a degree based in your home country. Research funding also available. Please note that following the UK’s exit from the European Union, UK students may not be able to apply for Erasmus; this has yet to be decided.

To study in Denmark:

  • The Anglo-Danish Society Scholarships – Study abroad scholarships for UK students who have completed an undergraduate degree in the UK and wish to study or conduct research at a university or institution in Denmark.

Click here for more scholarships to study in the Nordic countries.

To study in France:

To study in Germany:

  • DAAD Study Scholarship for Postgraduates – Study abroad scholarships on offer to Irish and UK students looking to study in Germany at master’s level or to conduct research. Applicants must have completed their undergraduate degree at a UK or Irish university.

Click here for more scholarships to study in Germany.

Click here for more scholarships to study in the rest of Europe.

To study in Latin America

  • British Academy Newton Mobility Grants – Exchange programs for postdoctoral UK students and students from partner countries to conduct research in partner nations, including Brazil and Mexico.

To study in North America

To study in Canada:

Click here to see more scholarships to study in Canada.

To study in the US:

Click here for more scholarships to study in the US.


If you’re based in the UK and want to study abroad, you can meet universities from around the world at the QS World Grad School Tour in London on 4 March 2017, and the QS World University Tour in London on 5 March 2017. Both events are free to attend, offering opportunities to speak to representatives of leading universities in person, as well as attending seminars and presentations. Attendees can also apply to the QS Scholarships scheme.

This article was originally published in March 2015. It was updated in January 2017. 

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Written by Laura Tucker
Laura is a former staff writer for, 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.

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Hi Thompson, you're in the right place! You might like to start by taking a look at our study destination guides, which provide advice on studying abroad in a wide range of countries. :)