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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

  •  – 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.
  •  – 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 .
  •  – 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.
  • – 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 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.
  •  - 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.
  • – Various grants and fellowships are available for talented researchers in the UK and beyond.

For African students:

  •  – Need-based UK scholarships for international students from Africa.

View more scholarships for African students >

For Armenian students:

  •  – Awards loans or scholarships to Armenian students to study at the world’s top universities, including the UK universities Oxford and Cambridge.

For Chinese students:

  •  – Awards of up to £3,000 are available for Chinese citizens (including those from Hong Kong) studying for a PhD in any subject at a UK university.

View more international scholarships for Chinese students >

For French students:

  •  – Scholarships to study in the UK for French students pursuing postgraduate study.

For Indian students:

  •  – UK scholarships for doctoral students, research students and visiting fellows from India.
  •  – Scholarships for students from Canada, the US, India, Pakistan, Hong Kong and China to study in Scotland at any degree level.

More international scholarships for Indian students are available here >

For Pakistani students:

  •  – UK charity offering scholarships to study in the UK to Pakistani doctoral students, graduate researchers or visiting fellows.

University-specific UK scholarships for international students

  • – A range of scholarships, bursaries and award schemes to support international students at Aberystwyth University in Wales.
  •  – UK scholarships for international students to study at Bristol University on any undergraduate or postgraduate program.
  •  – Various scholarships for international students to study at the University of Birmingham.
  •  – Bachelor’s and master’s degree UK scholarships for international students to study at Cardiff University in Wales.
  •  – Sponsored by Oxford University Press, the Clarendon Fund offers UK scholarships to full- and part-time graduate students at the University of Oxford.
  •  – Various UK scholarship programs for graduate international students enrolling at Scotland’s University of Edinburgh. The university also offers .
  •  – Offering full UK scholarships for international students to study in the UK at the University of Cambridge. For full-time postgraduate students only.
  • – Undergraduate scholarships are available to study at Imperial College London, including the President's Undergraduate Scholarships. The university also offers .
  • – The university’s international office awards scholarships for all study levels, including
  • – A range of undergraduate and graduate scholarship options to study at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland.
  •  – Various scholarships available at all study levels.
  •  – Merit-based UK scholarships for master’s and PhD students to study at Oxford University.
  •  – A selection of undergraduate and , available to students from various regions, including the EU, Asia and the Middle East.
  • – A search tool for finding financial awards for both current and prospective students of the university.
  •  – Offering up to 50 scholarships for international students to study in the UK and to be ambassadors of their home country. Open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  •  – UK scholarships for master’s students enrolled at the University of Westminster. Awards are offered based on academic merit and financial need. There are also scholarships available for 

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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