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British Council Scholarships and Financial Support Application

If you choose the UK you can enjoy the life-changing benefits of international study, knowing that you are getting great value for money. If you need extra help, there are many financial support options out there, including scholarships, grants, bursaries, fellowships, financial awards and loans.

Course fees

Fees for UK courses vary, depending on:Whether you are from the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA), or another country
Where in the UK you are studying (there are different rules for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales)
Your study level

Scholarships and financial support

There are hundreds of scholarships, bursaries and grant schemes on offer for students who need extra support to pay for their UK course.

Depending on your nationality, you may be eligible for a loan or financial support from the UK government. Visit the UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) website for more details.

Postgraduate studentships can be found via a number of websites, including Postgraduate Studentships and Prospects.

Individual universities may also offer financial assistance, check their websites for more details.
Global scholarships

You can apply for any of the following scholarships, provided they are appropriate for their course.

Chevening Award: Postgraduate scholarships from the UK government aimed at students with potential as future leaders
Erasmus Programme: Undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral research funding
Euraxess UK: Research placements in the UK
Royal Society grants: Postdoctoral science research

Science and research funding

The Newton Fund and other funding organisations provide grants and other funding opportunities for researchers from certain countries. Current opportunities are listed on the British Council Science website.
Scholarships for students from certain countries

The British Council can help you with a number of scholarship and funding opportunities. These include:


Funding opportunity

Open to students or researchers from

A.S. Hornby Trust Scholarship Programme

Scholarships for English language teachers to develop their English language skills

Selected countries – see website

Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships

Undergraduate, Master’s and PhD courses

Canada, China, India, Pakistan and USA

Young Cell Scheme

Postgraduate Master’s studies in the EU


International Atomic Energy Agency Scholarships

Fellowships for graduates

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

Hong Kong – Scotland Partners in Post Doctoral
Research scholarship scheme

Research visits

Hong Kong and Scotland

Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust Scholarships

Doctoral studies, research, visiting fellows and Scottish summer school


UK-China HE Research Partnership for PhD Studies

Doctoral studies

China and UK

GREAT India scholarships

Various scholarship opportunities at undergraduate and postgraduate level


Marshall Scholarship

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


Marshall Sherfield Fellowships

Post-doctoral research in Science and Engineering at any University in the UK

Other sources of funding

There are many other sources of funding for students in certain countries. Contact your local British Council office to find out what is available. Visit website to Get More Information

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