UK universities/institutions and the Government offers an extensive range of scholarships and bursaries for the international students. It is open for all the prospective students pursuing full-time study program irrespective of any stream, at most levels. There are various sources of financial aid for international students that provide great opportunity to purse your education in UK.
Students in UK will be offered scholarships from the respective universities as deduction in their tuition fee. Other than this, students will be awarded other forms of aid/scholarships based on their academic excellence and background. These scholarship programmes and other funding will be managed by the British Council and other associated organizations.
Apart from University support, there are also relatively some public and private scholarships programmes, which intend to provide financial support for the international students.
Prominent Scholarship Programmes of UK
British Chevening Scholarships British Government’s flagship programme for postgraduate (PG) and short-term, tailor made professional programmes. www.britishcouncil.org.in/scholarships
Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships Plan (CSFP) – A Pan-commonwealth scholarship programme covering PG, doctoral and post doctoral studies.
Scholarships:www.education.nic.in; Fellowships: www.ugc.ac.in
FCO/British Gas/University of Strathclyde Joint Scholarships.
Charles Wallace India Trust (CWIT) Awards – PG studies in performing and visual arts.
nlnlaks Scholarships – PG scholarship covering a number of subjects.
The Cambridge Commonwealth Trust/Nehru Trust for Cambridge University.
The Association of Charitable Foundations provides links to charitable bodies that may have funding available.
The Arts and Humanities Research council includes information about grants in this field of study.
A guide, listing grants to study in the UK from the Directory of Social Change, includes information for international students.
Scholarship Search UK has online search facilities to enable students to locate UG funding.
Searchable database of all scholarships (register on the websites to search the database)
Student Loans Company Ltd. – http://www.slc.co.uk
Additionally, there are two more scholarship programs, details of which are given below:
- Technical Co-operation Training (TCT): This programme is funded by the Department For International Development (DFID), a part of UK government to nurture human resource to aid the students from undeveloped and developing countries by providing local training facilities. It is a training session rather than a scholarship programme, which is allied to other forms of support from UK government. Every year TCT awards around 4000 students for their training accomplishment. Training is normally at the post-graduate level, with the duration ranging between 3 months to 3 years. It is available in a broad variety of Social and Technical subjects. It also covers the entire cost of the students akin to, traveling and living expenses, tuition fees, clothing and study material.
- Dr. Manmohan Singh Scholarships: This scholarship program is launched by St John’s College, in the name of Dr. Manmohan Singh (Honorary Fellow of the college). It is awarded for the Indian students studying doctoral research degree from St John’s College, University of Cambridge. This scholarship assists students to cover costs like, Tuition Fees, Monthly Stipend, Traveling Costs (airfare).
Students have to comprehend that these scholarship programmes and bursaries are only meant to partially fund their education. They cannot cover the whole tuition, fees and living expenses that students spend during their study in UK.