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If you’ve got a yearning for fish n’ chips, tea and drizzle, you’re probably considering studying 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 you’ll find 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.
  • Marshall Scholarships – Postgraduate scholarships for US students showing academic merit, leadership potential and ambassadorial potential to study in the UK. Excludes MBAs and certain courses.

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:

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For Armenian students:

For Chinese students:

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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 and again in September 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 there, I've got 2 offers of a place to study Master of Arts in the UK. Is there a scholarship for international students who wish to study part-time? I'd be glad about any help.
Many thanks!

Hello there, i am an Egyptian. Am looking for a scholarship to study Veterinary nursing in UK/ Europe. What are my best options?

Hi Azza, here's a link to our list of scholarships to study veterinary studies around the world, including in Europe/UK. :)

Hi. How are you? I am from Philippines. I wanna study Intentional Finance and Economy Trade. I wish to get a scholarship, i couldnt choose. And i dont know what university is accepting philippines from internationl student.

Hi Zarrah, our list of Business and Entrepreneurship Scholarships Around the World includes options to study finance.

Hi iam a plus two student i need to get into abroad for acca qualification. please suggest me a way to achieve my qualification in abroad

Iam a +2 student i need to get into uk for acca qualification

Hi i am om shankar from nepal. I will like to apply for charter accountancy on 2018 . Please suggest me universities where we can easily get scholarship

Hi... I am from indonesia i would like to study International Relations in europe next years so if there any universities that are not too difficult to enter. please tell me, thank you

Hello !!! I am talking as a parent
Who's daughter is currently studying IB final year who is a british citizen born in the uk.
But has lived outside the uk all her life is interested in STEM wants to study computer science in the uk

Hi I am pianist from Georgia.I have bachelor degree, so is there any skolarship for musicians in UK?
Thank you

Hi..i am from Pakistan and i would like to ask if there are full scholarahip offered to study for Ms.c Civil Engineering at the Uk so.

Hi Zaman, please take a look at our list of scholarships for engineering students, which includes options to study in the UK. 

hi am from Sri lanka can i know is there any full scholorship to study in Social studies ?
and pls tell me how can i apply ?

Hi am from Ghana and want scholarship to study geometric engineering please where do I apply

Hello, please have a look at our list of scholarships for engineering students, which includes scholarships to study in the UK. :)

hi...i am from iran and I would like to ask if there are any full scholarships offered to study medicine at the uk

Hi Javad, we've listed a range of medical scholarships here, which includes options to study in the UK. 

Hi..I am from Malawi and I would like to ask if there are any full scholarships offered to study medicine at the uk

Hello, we've included scholarships to study in the UK in our list of medical scholarships around the world. :)

It's always my dream to have scholarship as I want to continue my education but background very poor am here looking for help about scholarship

Thanks a Good Scholarships advice I am from Pakistan please advice for Pakistani Students

scholarship for undergraduate for Business. Please specify if any.

I am RA and Lecturer in IAU Central Tehran Branch, Tehra, Iran . and I have 19 Books and almost 20 Papers. I want to know can I find a full fund scholarship for Ph.D position ?
please help me
my CV available in my website:

I am 2nd year student I want schorships in chine ,USA ,UK have there any schorship ??

Hy, i am from pakistan and i am graduated can i get scholarship

Hello! Please i am from Nigeria and i have my Secondary School Certificate in Arabic Language , Please where can get Scholarship to study Arabic and Islamic study in the world or in any Muslim countries . can any one plese help me.
I look forward to see your reply.

Hi, my son recently got accepted in one of the U.K. Universities, which scholarship awards grants to African undergraduates for 2018

Hi Philile, we've listed a range of scholarships for African students here, including UK scholarships. 

Hi! I'm from Trinidad and Tobago and am looking for information on full free scholarships for the law programs at the undergraduate level. Is there any university that gives a full scholarship to a Trinidadian student.

Hi Raeven, please take a look at our list of law school scholarships around the world, which includes options to study in the UK. 

I'm from Pakistan. I wanna to get full free scholarship in engineering university....
Is there any university which give full free scholarship for Pakistani students

Hi Jahangir, please take a look at our list of scholarships for engineering students, which includes options to study in the UK. 

Hi! I am from Pakistan living in Saudi Arabia. I would like to know where i can find scholarship programs for masters in physical therapy

Hello! I'm from Gaza, Palestine. Is there a scholarship for Palestinian students to study postgraduate courses in UK universities?

My daughter is pursuing graduation (2nd year of study) in mathematics from Lady Sriram college, Delhi (India). She wants to persue Post graduation in Economics from London School of Economics. Will she be able to get scholarship to study there ?

Hi Sandeep, London School of Economics' website would be a good place for your daughter to start her scholarships search, as they may have scholarships that suit her situation/course. She might also like to read our guide on how to find scholarships to study abroad. Hope this is helpful!

Hi, I did not see any option for enabling a 6 month research or internship program at an aeronautical engineering university. Do confirm if this is feasible. My son is currently a student of Aero engineering in India and they have to do a 6 month internship or research in their 4th year of study. As such he is looking actively for a position abroad in the UK with scholarship .

Hi i am Desmond from Ghana i want to ask if i will get a free scholarship to study medicine in the Uk

Hi Desmond, please take a look at our list of medical scholarships around the world, which includes options to study in the UK. 

Hi, is it possible to gain a scholarship as a non international student? NI am interested in a Msc Neuroscience, I have studied at BA level but in Aft and Performance, a wholly different area of study

Hi, i have received a letter of offer to study for a postgraduate programe in Bristol University. However, i fac financil constraints an i would appreciate for your assistance in getting financial aid.

Hi I'm a student of British council and I would like to do my undergraduate degree in Uk.I need a scholarship and I need more information.

Hi , my name is Christine and I'm from Malaysia. I just finished my STPM which is the same level as diploma. My CGPA is 3.08 and i'm wondering if I could get a scholarship to futher my studies in UK.

Hi I am the student from nepal who have recently appeared board exam of class 12 and I sneaking for mbbs schorships aboard and I am more interested in studying in europe and since I have no plan to apper any English test exam ,is there any chance ofor getting schorships in mbbs program on the basis of my academic performance ..

Hi Samman, here's a link to our list of medical scholarships around the world. :)

Hi everyone. I am Ugur from Turkey. Completing my BS and MS in there, I got an admission for the Phd Program in Politics, that will commence on Michaelmas Term this year, both from University of Cambridge and King's College London. However, since I haven't secured any funding for my Phd -mostly due to missing the applications for grand gunding schemes such as Chevening, Cambridge Trust etc.- at the time being, I'd request your help in terms of alternative scholarship/funding facilities that I can apply. Many thanks by now.

student of softawre engineering in last semester. gpa 2.6/4.
guide my some universities in germany ,france or UK where i can study with some scholarship.
usually whenever i sit down to search for scholerships or study abroad programs i end up with tens to tabs in browser and then closing them all without reading.

Hi Ali, please take a look at our lists of scholarships to study in Europe and scholarships to study in Germany. Hope this helps.

hi everyone my name is sarah and i would like to study psychology in oxford university .. what i would like to know is i'm living in germany as a refugee and i have a blue passport (wich is for refugee ) . in that case what kind of schoolarship can i apply for .. i'm confused ... thank you alot for youre help .