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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.)

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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:

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 former 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.

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

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

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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 .

Hi, I have complete Masters in business Administration (hons) recently with major in Finance. and I was also sports member at my university cricket team. is there any way which i can continue my study with sports?

Hello

I have done my masters in International Relations (Peace & Conflict) Studies with distinction. Now I wanna pursue PhD in my respective field in some good university of UK on full fellowship basis. Kindly guide...

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i need fully funded scholarship in uk universities in undergraduate mechanical engineering

Hi Norman, you can view a range of scholarship options for your subject in the UK here. :)

Hi, I have received offers from 3 UK universities in undergraduate Mechanical Engineering program. But due to financial constraints, I desperately need a scholarship that covers most of my expenses. The universities that offered me admission are: University of Manchester, Edinburgh and Bath.

Hi Danyal, I'd recommend checking the official websites of Manchester, Edinburgh and Bath if you haven't already, as their 'fees and funding' section might contain scholarships you'd be eligible for. We've also listed a range of scholarships for engineering students here, which includes options to study in the UK. Hope this helps! 

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Hi.I am from Bosnia and Herzegovina and I'm going in catholic school which is included in european school system(name is KSC DON BOSCO ZEPCE if you want too see how it looks).I am last year and I am student of mechatronics and excellent student.I want to study computer or electrical engineering or something about that.I am really interested about scholarship.If someone can help me please answer.
Thank you

Hi, I have recently got an offer from the university of Bedfordshire for an undergraduate degree, I would like to know if there are anyways I can get a scholarship. Thanks

Hey there, I'm Yousef From Israel, Looking to study undergraduate Theatre arts/Acting studies in the UK.. Got some universities I'm talking to in the mean time, I just want to know if there are any way to help find any scholarships related to my studies, Thank!

I am a 17-year-old teenager from philippines and currently studying as a Grade 11 student. May I ask if i can already apply for some int'l scholarships in uk?

Hi there,
My name is Mahyar. I am from Iran and living in UK. I have 7 subjects in my IGCSE and all are A*. I would like to continue my study in Medicine but I have no such money to pay. If you kindly help me to find an appropriate scholarship will be highly appreciated.
Thank you in advance

Hi Mahyar, please take a look at our list of medical scholarships around the world, which includes options to study in the UK. You might also like to download our guide on how to find scholarships to study abroad. :)

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! 

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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.