Scholarship Options for International Students Studying in the UK

The UK is a very popular destination for international postgraduate students, offering a high quality of education and a chance to explore and integrate into the British education and employment culture. There are numerous scholarships available to international students studying in the UK, and we've compiled a list of some of the most popular ones to help make your search that little bit easier:


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British Chevening Scholarships

The UK government’s global scholarship program is available to international students from over 100 countries, who are able to demonstrate the potential to become a future leader, opinion former, and decision maker. There are currently over 700 international students studying under the Chevening Scholarship program in UK universities, coming from all over the world. The scholarship program is intended to give exceptionally talented students the financial support required to study in the UK at a postgraduate level. It is directed at those who have been identified as potential future leaders, and it ranges across a large number of subjects including politics, civil society, media, academia, and religion. Full scholarship details and application forms can be found here.

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

Aimed at Commonwealth citizens who have the potential to make a positive contribution to the development of their home country after finishing their studies, the CSFP is a unique opportunity for students from developing Commonwealth countries. It is directed at students who are working towards a vocation that will directly affect the development goals of their home nation, showing leadership qualities in that profession. The scholarships can last from 1 – 3 years, and are designed to cover travel costs to and from the UK, living expenses, and tuition fees. In certain circumstances, additional money may be available to cover the cost of housing and caring for a spouse or family during this time.

The Professional Fellowship Plan is awarded for a much shorter period, generally three months, and is aimed at professionals working in the development of Commonwealth countries who wish to update their professional training with additional postdoctoral research or specified training. They are available to those holding a teaching appointment in a developing Commonwealth country. Further information on these scholarships can be found here.

Royal Society Fellowships

Researchers from North America and Asia may be eligible for fellowships from the Royal Society. The scheme is designed to attract extremely high performing postdoctoral scientists to the UK to conduct high quality research. The program is available for a maximum of one year for researchers from Asia and up to two years for researchers from USA and Canada. Research must be involved with the field of natural sciences only, and not with clinical or social sciences. More information about these fellowships is available from the Royal Society website.

UNESCO Fellowship Bank Scheme

This program is available to international students who are studying in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, culture, informatics or communication and information.

Applications can be made directly through the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation at a local level.

And don't forget to look at our funding opportunities too!


CHIMEZIE E. OGBULEKE Nov. 23, 2016, 7:22 a.m.


I am a Graduate Student of University of Liverpool and my area of study is in International Accounting and Finance - major is International Financial Reporting and Analysis. This programme run Online in Partnership with Laureate Education.

My country of residence is Nigeria and I am a Nigerian.

I am seeking for financial assistance to enable me round up this programme and plan for my PhD in the same subject area.

I solicit for your immeasurable assistance.

Yours faithfully,


Charlotte King Nov. 28, 2016, 11:45 a.m.

You can apply for one of our Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries worth £500 towards your tuition fees:

williams Nduka March 9, 2018, 1:09 p.m.

Hi! I am Nigerian and looking to do my master degree in Ireland. I'll like to know if there are scholarships or loans available to international students from Africa

Charlotte King March 13, 2018, 8:41 a.m.

Hi Nduka,

Many universities offer region/country-specific scholarships, so I think your best starting point would be to contact the universities that you are interested in and asking them about their funding opportunities.

You are also eligible to apply for one of our £500 Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries once you have a confirmed place at university.
Good luck!

Mambeu onica Jan. 30, 2019, 12:50 p.m.

I wish to get a scholarship to study for a masters in Sport management in the UK or USA.

Charlotte King Jan. 30, 2019, 2:02 p.m.

You should start by enquiring with your course provider as they may offer scholarships. Once you have been accepted on a place you can then apply for one of out Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries worth £500>
Good luck!

Philip Keturah c March 23, 2019, 3:25 p.m.

I wish to get a scholarship to study for a postgradute in Nursing in the Uk or Usa

Charlotte King March 25, 2019, 8:44 a.m.

If you have been offered a place on a PG Nursing course you are eligible to apply for one of our Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries worth £500 >
Also check what funding is on offer a the universities that you are considering applying to.
Good luck.

Libh Limama Aug. 8, 2019, 4:30 a.m.

Good day!

I would like to ask if there's an offer for Doctor's degree scholarship in any University in UK. I am willing to apply and I am a graduate of Master in Public Administration here in the Philippines.

Hoping for your positive response. Thank you and God bless.

Charlotte King Aug. 21, 2019, 5:35 p.m.

If you get offered a place to do a doctorate at any university in the UK you will be eligible to apply for one of our Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries worth £500.
Here's the URL you need >
Applications close on 14th September - good luck!

Kesete Girmay Mirach Jan. 18, 2020, 5:08 a.m.

I am an Ethiopia, 30 years old. I have BSc. degree by Mechanical Engineering and I am very interested to study my Master degree program and . . . abroad.
Could you please advise me how and where can I get best and free scholarship and learing programs.
looking forward for your replay,
Kesete G.

Charlotte King Jan. 21, 2020, 7:19 p.m.

Hi Kesete – here is a more up-to-date article on scholarships for international students >
Also, once you have been offered a place on a postgraduate program anyway in the world you will be eligible to apply for a Postgrad Solutions Study Bursary worth £500 towards your studies >
Good luck - Charlotte

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