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Scholarships to study in the UK

Looking for scholarships in the UK for Indian students? We’ve got the list.

Studying in the UK can be affordable if you plan well in advance, you can apply to a range of scholarships offered by the British universities and colleges before deadlines. Open to meritorious international students to help them fund their studies, these financial aids can be partial or fully paid, depending on the criteria, course and the institution. Many scholarships and bursaries are also offered by the American government, and various private and public establishments as well. When applying to any of these scholarships, make sure you check the criteria carefully, along with the application closing date. 

What is the criteria for applying to scholarships to study in the UK for Indian students?

The most important criterion for most scholarships is a good academic score, however, it also depends on factors such as your chosen destination, subject and level. In some scholarships, factors like extracurricular activities, and volunteering can also be used to advantage. Keep in mind that every scholarship has its eligibility criteria. While in some, a mere application may suffice, while for others you may have to fulfil several other conditions. For instance, in research-centric programs, you may have to submit written assignments. Do not hesitate to contact the university admission centre if you have any doubts.

What amount of money is available through scholarships?

The amount of money available and the type of award varies between institutions. Certain research programs may provide up to 100% of the tuition fee besides covering a part of your living expenditures. You may experience higher competition when you apply for government scholarships in comparison to the university scholarships. So, we suggest you start with the procedure about 8-12 months before your preferred intake begins. 

Here are some popular government scholarship programs you can apply to study in the US as an Indian student: 

S. No.

Name of the scholarship



Chevening Scholarship

  • This initiative supports talented professionals who have shown prior leadership skills and exceptional performance in their respective fields. With Chevening, you can apply for a scholarship or fellowship, the selection of which is done by the high commission and British embassies 
  • These scholarships are fully funded, and includes airfare, living expenses and tuition fees (get in touch with an IDP international education expert for more info) 
  • This is available for 12 months (provided your course is for 12 months). However, it can be extended after 1 year under the special case that will be approved by FCO


Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship

  • The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK offers fellowships and scholarships to students from Commonwealth countries. Indian students applying for a master’s degree or a PhD in the UK can take advantage of this scholarship to fund their education. Under the scheme, there are scholarships available specifically for low and middle-income countries too. 
  • This scholarship covers airfare, tuition fees and some of the maintenance expenses (get in touch with an IDP international education expert for more info)


GREAT Scholarships

This scholarship is jointly funded by the UK Government's GREAT Britain Campaign and the British Council under the Study UK campaign. This program includes 99 postgraduate scholarships from 36 UK universities in a variety of subjects. However, for Indian students, 12 of the UK higher education institutions are offering 13 postgraduate scholarships. The amount of each scholarship is a minimum of £10,000, the equivalent of one year's tuition of a postgraduate (taught) degree. The application deadline varies as per different institutions, so you need to check the university’s website for the same.

Source: https://study-uk.britishcouncil.org/scholarships/great-scholarships-2020/india


Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships (CWIT)

These scholarships are given to Indian students who are in early or mid-stage of their career and experienced in arts, heritage conservation or the humanities. It includes fully-funded awards; visiting fellowships in agreed subjects at specific institutions; grants for doctoral study; grants for research and professional visits; and grants to attend the Scottish Universities Summer School. The amount and duration vary as per the above-mentioned categories: 

  • CWIT Long-term grants: The duration of this is usually 2-3 months up to 1 year covering accommodation, living cost and fees or any contribution to international fares 
  • Visiting fellowships: This includes 10 fellowships which enables writers, academics and translators to spend 2-3 months at specific host universities to carry out specific work activities. The deadlines depend upon an educational institution which will be hosting your visit
  • CWIT short-term grants: This includes 10-15 grants that amount up to £1,400 to cover UK costs of short research or professional visits by academic research scholars and professionals working in the arts, heritage conservation and the humanities. This is usually granted for a period of 3 weeks and if you are planning to stay longer then you need to supplement it from different sources such as a grant from Indian council for historical research. This is payable upon your arrival in the UK and doesn’t cover international fares
  • Grants during the final year of doctoral study: With an intentional to fill the funding gaps, this will be provided in your last year of doctoral study in arts, heritage conservation and the humanities. The amount is usually between £500-£600
(Source: *https://www.britishcouncil.in/study-uk/scholarships/charles-wallace-trust/short-research *https://www.britishcouncil.in/study-uk/scholarships/charles-wallace-trust/final-doctoral-studies *https://www.britishcouncil.in/study-uk/scholarships/charles-wallace-trust/long-term)


Scotland Saltire Scholarships

  • The initiative awards 50 students for one-year full-time graduation program in the field of science, healthcare, technology and creative industries and renewable and clean energy
  • These are offered by the Scottish government in association with Scottish universities. The value of each award is £8,000, which will cover tuition fees for any one year of full-time study in the postgraduate master’s programme at any of Scotland’s higher education institutions 
(Source: https://www.scotland.org/study/saltire-scholarships)

 *This is an indicative list, speak with your IDP counsellor for details and best available options suited to your profile

Also, most British universities and colleges have their own list of scholarships for Indian students. Don’t worry if you get stuck anywhere, our international education experts will be more than happy to guide you through. 


Note: Given the current COVID-19 situation, there might be some changes in the 2020/2021 intakes. Don’t worry, our international education experts are here to guide you with the latest updates to help you apply to your desired course and institution. Feel free to connect with our experts for a free counselling session and keep posted about the latest COVID- 19 updates. 

Updated on July 30, 2020

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