Scholarships for International Students in UK Universities


The British government and private philanthropic organizations offer scholarships to international students to study in the UK. Many of the scholarships are specifically designed for citizens of Britain's many Commonwealth countries, though others are available to students from developing nations or those with the potential to become future world leaders.

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

  • The British Government offers the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) to students from UK Commonwealth countries, including India, Botswana and Brunei. The Plan was set up to encourage educational exchange and career development opportunities between Britain and her Commonwealths. As of the June 2009 triennial program review, the number of available awards has risen considerably. Awards are offered at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. For more information, contact the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission:

    Woburn House, 20-24 Tavistock Square
    London, WC1H 9HF
    United Kingdom

Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme

  • Britain's Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme (ORSAS) exists to attract the highest quality students from across the world to the United Kingdom for research purposes. Initiated by the Secretary of State for Education and Science, the project is jointly funded by England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. ORSAS is given only to full time post-graduate researchers, on the basis of two criteria--academic excellence and research potential. The awards are given through the funded institutions, a list of which are found on the official ORSAS website. Students should contact institutions directly for information about ORSAS. Due to budget cuts, ORSAS is currently available in Northern Ireland and Scotland only.

Shared Scholarship Scheme

  • The UK's Department for International Development offers the Shared Scholarship Scheme to students from developing Commonwealth countries. The scheme is designed to provide assistance to students of the highest academic caliber who for financial reasons are unable to attend top-rate universities. Up to 200 awards are offered annually, each of which is matched by the accepted student's institution. The award stipulates that student's course of study must reflect the economic, social and technological development of the student's home country.

    Department for International Development
    1 Palace St.
    London SW1E 5HE

Chevening Scholarship

  • The purpose of the Chevening Scholarship is to provide financial assistance and educational opportunities to study at the UK's top universities for future world leaders and opinion makers. In 2009, 17,000 students applied for an available 985 scholarships. The award aims to bring future important people together in the UK, in a tightly knit circle. Students must demonstrate the motivation to hold a position of leadership in their respective nations within 10 years of receiving the scholarship. Chevening can only be contacted online.


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