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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.
  • Surfshark Privacy and Security Scholarship - A $2,000 prize is available to a student currently enrolled in the UK or another study destination as a high school, undergraduate or graduate student. You will need to submit an essay to apply and the scholarship is open to all nationalities. 
  • The Royal Society Grants – Various grants and fellowships are available for talented researchers in the UK and beyond.

For African students:

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For Chinese students:

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For Indian students:

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For Pakistani students:

University-specific UK scholarships for international students

This article was originally published in September 2014. It is updated regularly, most recently in December 2018.

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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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hello,i am Muhammad from Pakistan and i want some guidance regarding scholarship in UK for Fully funded Masters degree i have Textile designing bachelors degree and i am willing to persue masters in ,interior design .Please anyone willing to help guide me a lil bit thanks

Hello, I am shahd from Egypt . I am looking for a full ride scholarship to the UK to complete a bachelor's degree and i cant really find anything any recommendations

Hi, I am Nourhan from Egypt. I am searching for a full scholarship to study full-time taught master's degree in the UK. I just cannot find something suitable that doesn't require to travel back to my country after the end of the course.

Hi Nourhan, You may be able to apply for a UK post-study work visa. This new visa allows international students to stay for up to 2 years in the UK after graduation to find work. Read more about it on the UK government website

Hello, my name is Brenda Moracha, an high school graduate from Kenya.
I have applied for many universities in the UK and some of them have offered me conditional offers.
Unfortunately, I have to pay a deposit first to secure myself a place permanently. Being financially unstable, I thereby ask if there are any prospective scholarships that I can apply for.
I am waiting for your response soon so that I can figure out how I reply to the offers.
Thank you very much in advance

Hi Brenda, There are several scholarships available for African students, as well as some scholarships for students from developing countries. You might also want to take a look at our guide to applying for scholarships.  

Hi, my name is aliza i am already in UK last 1 year and 6 mnths from Pakistan on spouse visa how can i get full scholarship in masters programme in food science and human nutiriton

Salm...Hi Aliza ,I am Naqeeb from pk.. Please guide me i want Scolership in master program like You i shall be very thankful to you 

Hi. My name is Amponsah Osei Bernard and I am student from Ghana, West Africa. I have been offered a place to study a 4-year bachelor degree program in applied computer science at the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Happily, I have also been issued study permit to that effect. I was supposed to begin my studies in the Fall term (September 3, 2019), unfortunately I had no means of paying for tuition and other academic related expenses. I therefore had to drop the course registration for the Fall term.
As per the acceptance letter offered by the University of Winnipeg, the only last chance I have is the Winter term which begins from January 6, 2020. I need scholarship to begin my studies. Without your support I stand to lose this last chance and my study permit (already secured) will be a waste and my educational dream will be shattered.

Hi Bernard, Congratulations on your offer. We have a list of the scholarships to study in Canada available here

Helloo l am Tanyaradzwa Dewa a students from Zimbabwe ,l am looking for a scholarship to study in UK a degree in Mathematics .l am financially unstable help me please l don't have anyone to support my education

Hii i am from Kashmir India. I want to study MBBS in Turkey but am financially unstable is there any scholarship for me.

Please my name is victor akanisi am from Nigeria but leaves in Ghana
am an mechanical engineering student i just completed high school and i need a scholarship to any engineering university in the UK or Germany please

Hi. I'm a student from Australia, looking to study computing and robotics at imperial college London, but I can't afford the tuition fees plus the living costs. I also have Italian and Brazilian citizenships. I clicked on the link for the Castlesmart scholarship but it did not work. I was wondering how and when I could apply for it, if it even exists anymore :)

Thank you,
- Stephanie

I am intrested for Ms physics , need scholarship from any uk university , any one can help please ?

Hello everyone I am Watan from Syria, a first year medical student.
I am searching about a free scholarship in UK to continue my studies.
I have lots of qualifications but still preparing for the IELTS.
Can anyone show help!?

my name is Ehiedu Kennedy, I am a nigerian with a BSC in Human anatomy
i would like further my study in europe ,probably German but I`m having challenges of language barrier ,could please recommend a university in German that runs an MSC HUMAN ANATOMY OR OTHER RELATED programme in English language ..? please contact me

Hi Ehiedu, you can find out how to study in English in Germany here

My name is Pavan kalyan. I am pursuing my graduation in VFSTR, Guntur, India. I got conditional admission to do Master's in Nutrition and food science in University of Reading ,United kingdom(UK) from sept 2019. Could you please suggest fellowships /schlaorships/sponsorships /financial aid to complete my post graduation .

My name is Mehammed Jima I live in Ethiopia I went to study in this university I need full Scholarship or sponsore Please I have fincehal problems how can get

Hello, which university do you mean? I would recommend checking its official website for details on funding opportunities. You could also browse our list of scholarships for African students here.

Hi, I'm from Zambia and would like to find out if you grant full scholarship to study for master of science in mathematics.


Hi, I'm from the Caribbean. I am wondering if fully funded scholarships are available for Bachelor of Science in Nursing?

Hi Sheroline, we've listed a range of nursing scholarships around the world here.

I am from Pakistan. Wondering about full funded scholarship for PhD in analytical chemistry .
Plzz guide

Hi Zar, here's a link to our list of scholarships for Pakistani students

Hello, I am from Greece. I am going to be postgraduate student next year. I've got 2 offers in Scotland and I'm looking for fully funded scholarships (full-time). Is there any? Also, is there any scholaship with disability criteria of a parent?

Hello, I'am a student from Hungary. I was wondering if there is any scholaships I could aply for, in the field of creative writing?

Hi Sara, we've listed a range of creative writing scholarships here

hello, I'm an indian and I'm financially unwell. Is there any scholarship for studying medicine in us or uk?

Hello there, is there any scholarship on Psychology (undergraduate) in London area ? (I am from Greece)

Hello, I'm afraid I don't know of any undergraduate psychology scholarships, but if you check the official websites of the universities you're interested in you may be able to find some - some sites have a scholarship search tool in which you can put in your course and country of residence to find options that fit your profile. Best of luck with your search!

We have a scholarship available for the UK & US - the US one is very successful but we've had zero applicants for the UK. I was just wondering whether this is something that you would be interested in publishing to your site https://www.officefurnitureonline.co.uk/news/protected/zombie-weapon-scholarship/ 

Hi, I am a Canadian. I was wondering if there exists a page specifically for Canadian Undergraduate wishing to study abroad.
Thank you.

Please, am Philip a Ghanaian by nationality, I completed my RGN(DIPLOMA) in 2017,I want to work and continue my education in uk, can I get help from here?

Hi Philip, our complete guide on how to study abroad in the UK should help to get you started, and includes advice on applications, tuition fees, funding and more. 


am greeting you in the name of Jesus Christ
my names are UMUTONIWAYEZU Jacqueline am 21 years old ,am from Rwanda and am christian.
in my short life. am an orphan i live with my Mather she is old.and she used to work at dental clinic Adventist.
i will finish senior six computer science.the God provide us the food ,the school,and every thing we need because if you have God in your life you have also every thing in your life.so i hope when i finish this year you'll consider me as your student and help me as in the bible book of Jame 1:27 say that"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
thanks may the God be with you

Good afternoon. Could you help me with the selection of the program. I will be happy with any program that will help me leave my country, where I regularly become a victim of physical and psychological abuse because of my orientation. I will be happy with any program that will help me leave this hell.

Hi, I received an offer to study Linguistics (undergraduate programme) in London and Manchester. However, I really need a scholarship as the tuition fee is too high. Does anyone know if there are any available? I have checked the university sites but I do not qualify for most of them.

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