UK Government support for international students 2023

UK Government support for international students 2023

Would you want to make your goal of attending a UK university come true?

Choosing to study in the UK is a decision that will benefit your future. A distinguished degree from the UK is a worthwhile and transformational experience that will advance both your education and employment.

There are several financing alternatives available for foreign students wishing to pursue academic studies in the UK. They vary from partial financing—paying a portion of your fees—through full funding, which pays all of your program costs as well as your living expenses and round-trip airfare to the UK.

Hardship funding for foreign students

The government of the United Kingdom has announced that it will provide an additional £15 million in hardship funding for international students. The government will distribute the money to universities, which will give to students struggling to cope with rising costs in the country. According to the British government, this will build on the £261 million student premium fund allocated this year – money aimed at supporting disadvantaged students, a report by The PIE News says. Enquire from your university if you are eligible and how to apply.

Postgraduate funding

The UK government runs various scholarship programmes to financially support international students looking for help funding their studies in the UK.

The three main UK government scholarships on offer are:

GREAT Scholarships

GREAT Scholarships are scholarships to UK universities across a variety of subjects, for students from 14 countries. Applications for 2023-24 are open. Click here to apply now for free.

Chevening Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships offers fully funded master’s degrees in the UK. Learn more about one of the UK’s most prestigious scholarships.

Commonwealth Scholarships

Commonwealth Scholarships are UK university scholarships given to talented individuals with the potential to positively impact the global stage. Click here to learn more.

Wider UK government funding

The UK government offers hundreds of scholarships, bursaries, and additional financial support to students from a large number of countries.

You can visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website to find out more about the funding available if you are studying in the UK as a postgraduate student, including whether or not you are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Just scroll down to the relevant section of the webpage.

UKCISA is the UK’s national advisory body serving the interests of international students and those who work with them.

Global Scholarships

A.S. Hornby Trust Scholarship

Scholarships for English language teachers to develop their English language skills

Selected countries – see website >

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Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships

Scholarships for postgraduate master’s studies in the areas of science, technology, creative industries, healthcare, medical sciences, and renewable and clean energy.

Canada, China (including Hong Kong), India, Japan, Pakistan, and the USA>

Chevening Fellowships

Short courses or professional/academic research opportunities for mid-career professionals

Selected countries – see website >

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

Master’s and doctoral courses (for study in the UK and distance learning), plus academic, professional, and medical fellowships

Commonwealth countries >

British Council scholarships for women in STEM

Scholarships for women undertaking master’s degrees in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics course at one of 19 UK universities.

Americas, South Asia,d South East Asia >

Global Wales Scholarships for International Students

Global Wales offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for international students.

USA; India; Vietnam and EU countries >

Country-specific scholarships

Young Cell Scheme

Postgraduate master’s studies in the EU

Kosovo – see website >

Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust Scholarships

Doctoral studies, research, visiting fellows, and Scottish summer school

Pakistan – see website >

Marshall Scholarship

Master’s and doctoral courses at any university in the UK

USA – see website >

Science and research funding

Marshall Sherfield Fellowships

Post-doctoral research in science and engineering at any university in the UK

USA – see website >

Euraxess UK

Research placements in the UK

Global – see website >

Royal Society grants

Postdoctoral science research

Global – see website >

Also read: Current and upcoming opportunities to study, work or volunteer abroad supported by the British Council for UK-based students and graduates






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