The UK is home to some of the most prestigious institutions in the world, but however, can come at a high financial cost.
If you believe you have the talent and ability to succeed, worrying about funding should not stop you from applying. There is a list of scholarships offered by the government for all the amazing brains out there. These partial or fully paid scholarships help fund your studies depending on the criteria, course, and the institution.
Let take a look at the top three scholarships for international students in the UK.
1. The Chevening Scholarship
The Chevening Scholarship is the global scholarship program from the UK’s Government. It offers exceptional potential students, from all over the world, and give a unique opportunity to study in the United Kingdom.
It allows you to pursue a one-year postgraduate degree in any subject at any university in the UK and is targeted at creating global leaders. Students of Indian origin opt for this type of scholarship in huge numbers.
You must not have previously received any government funding.
You must have an undergraduate degree which is equivalent to an upper second-class (2:1) honour degree in the UK.
A min. of 2 years of work experience is also required.
Scholarship amount: Max scholarship per student: £34,200
2. The Rhodes Scholarship
The Rhodes Scholarships is a postgraduate scholarship for international students in the UK supporting exceptional students from across the world to study at the University of Oxford. If you have exceptional character, intellect, leadership, and commitment to service, you may be the lucky enough to be handpicked for five Scholarships available for Indian students.
It covers all University and College fees, a personal stipend and one economy class airfare to Oxford at the start of your Scholarship, as well as an economy flight back to a student’s home country after their Scholarship.
It is the oldest and perhaps most prestigious international scholarship programme. 95 outstanding students are awarded this Scholarship each year, from 20 Rhodes constituencies (64 countries) worldwide.
Rhodes Scholars must have completed a bachelor’s degree before coming up to Oxford, to a sufficiently high standard to meet both the Rhodes and the Oxford criteria.
Scholarship Amount: Max scholarship per student: £69,533
3. The Felix Scholarship
The Felix Scholarship was founded to work for the welfare of society. It is offered to differently abled students from India and other developing countries. It allows them the opportunity of furthering their postgraduate education by attending a university in the UK.
The trust handling these scholarships give away up to 6 scholarships per university for Indian graduates to study at the University of Oxford, University of Reading, and the School of Oriental and African Studies every year. Students can apply for this Scholarship to study any subject.
It was first established in 1991. The scholarships are administered by the three partner universities, with the support of the Felix Trustees.
Applicants must not have previously studied at postgraduate level for the course they are applying for.
Applicants must have a first-class undergraduate or master’s degree.
Scholarship Amount: Max scholarship per student: £71,700
4. Euraxess UK
Managed by the British Council, Euraxess UK is an online portal that helps researchers to evolve their careers and take advantage of mobility opportunities. Euraxess UK supports both international researchers who want to move to the UK and national researchers who wishes to leave the UK and go abroad.
The Euraxess UK programme support researchers at all levels:
1. first stage researcher (postgraduate level)
2. early career researcher (postdoctoral level)
3. experienced researcher (over 6 years post-doctorate)
In addition to the Euraxess UK scholarships and funding, researchers can also use the online portal to find jobs and other information regarding living and working within the UK.
5. The Royal Society Grants
The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world’s most eminent scientists. It’s also the oldest scientific academy in the world that remains active even today. The Royal Society has 3 main goals:
1. to promote excellence in science
2. to support collaboration at an international level
3. to prove the importance of science to everyone
The Fellowship offers various types of grants and awards, which you can check on the official Royal Society website.