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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 British 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. 

Chevening Scholarships are now open for application!

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 UK 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.



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: * * *


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 

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

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


Value of Scholarship (GBP)

Link for details

Anglia Ruskin UniversityWe also offer an Early Payment Discount - £1000 if full tuition fee is paid before 18th June 2021 or £400 if paid before 03rd September 2021. 
 Between £1,000 and £2,000 - International Merit Scholarship We offer International Merit Scholarship for students who secured ‘First Class’ in their previous study (12th Std or Bachelors). This is automatically awarded once the final certificate is sent to us.
 £4,000-International Excellence Scholarship
 MBA Scholarship - £4,000 for the one-year course, or £2,000 for the two-year course with placement. 
Aston UniversityGlobal Excellence Award of 2000 GBP and 5000 GBPAssessed based on the student's total percentage or final CGPA in his Bachelors.
This award is a part of automatic scholarship, and the student need not to do anything.

Click here
Brunel University LondonFully funded/ 6000/ 3000 / 1500

Nominate via email to or
 1500 (unlimited application) Conditional offer holders paying their £ 3000 deposit, between 24th May 2021 until 30th July 2021. Any student who paid a deposit prior to this date, will not be eligible for the scholarship.
Cardiff University£5,000Click here
 VC International ScholarshipClick here
Durham University4000Vice
Chancellor’s India Scholarships 2021.
Glasgow Caledonian UniversityScotland's Saltire scholarship - 8000GBPThe students will have to apply for these scholarships however £1600 for 1 yr and £2600 for two years PG is automated provided with offer letter. £4000 is automated for UG, for the rest in the link has to applied if student is eligible.
 Postgraduate scholarships for MSc International Fashion Marketing - £7,500
 Postgraduate Ambassador Scholarship - Full tuition fee Scholarship up to £15,000
INTO GlobalPathway program - $1000 – 10000 
Kingston University2000 GBPClick here
 5000GBPClick here
Loughborough University25% scholarships for the vast majority of our undergraduate courses based on merit – usually A*AA in A Levels or equivalent. For Standard XII students this is likely to be around 85% for CBSE / ISC and 90% for State Board students. Note – this is for the first year of study only.Click here for more information.
 10-20% scholarships for the vast majority of our postgraduate courses based on a percentage of 60-70% depending on the quality of the Indian institution.Click here
Loughborough University London10-20% scholarships for the vast majority of our postgraduate courses based on a percentage of 60-70% depending on the quality of the Indian institution. Click here
 This scholarship is designed to encourage our entrepreneurially minded applicants to develop an innovative business idea in order to receive a 90% tuition fee scholarship. Click here
Manchester Metropolitan UniversityUG 2000/ year and PG 3000 
Middlesex UniversityGBP 500/- to GBP 3000/-To avail the scholarship the counsellors, need to directly contact us with Offer letter. Also note Scholarship will be mentioned in Un Conditional Offer letter & CAS once the applicant pays their deposit fees and fulfil all other requirements. For CAS they need to pay minimum half of the actual fees, granted scholarship can be avail in final instalment.
NavitasEarly bird 1000 GBPNavitas ICP portsmouth
Newcastle University 7 Fully Funded ScholarshipClick here
 Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship
Vice Chancellor’s International Scholarships
Click here
Nottingham Trent UniversityNANTU is now left with the last scholarship deadline for Sep 2021 intake which is on 30th June 2021. Students first need to get conditional offer and then answer 3 essay based questions, depending on which they may or may not be offered scholarships.
Please find the scholarship form to be filled out before 30th June if they hold conditional offer is here please-
Click here
ONCAMPUS BostonWe can offer students 15000 USD as bursary for September 21 intake 
ONCAMPUS UKScholarship for Each Student for September 21 intake (3 Term Programmes)
1        ONCAMPUS Southampton - 2000 Pounds for Business Pathway and 4000 Pounds for Art and Design, Engineering and Humanities and Social Sciences and Life Sciences Pathways
2        ONCAMPUS London (Birkbeck) - 2500 Pounds
3        ONCAMPUS UK North (UCLAN) - 2500 Pounds
4        ONCAMPUS Hull - 2500 Pounds
5        ONCAMPUS Aston - 2000 Pounds
6        ONCAMPUS Sunderland - 2500 Pounds
7        ONCAMPUS London South Bank - 1000 Pounds
8        ONCAMPUS Reading - 2500 Pounds
Scholarships that we are offering to ONCAMPUS UK Students joining 3 Term Courses in September 21:-

1) Undergraduate Foundation Programme
2) International Year 1
3) Pre Masters 
QA1 year course - £2000
2 Yrs Course - £3000
(Maths included)
 £2000- £10000
(varied amount)
(Maths included)
Click here

GBP 2000 – Fee Rate- GBP 17,700
GBP3000—Fee Rate – GBP 21,40
Click here
 For PGT Management School everyone who accepts the offer will get GBP 2000

For UG

GBP 2500 – Fee Rate- GBP 17,400- For the first Year only
GBP 3000- Fee Rate – 21400 For the first year only
Click here
 Merit base scholarship for next 2 years GBP 2000 once the student scores good marks at QUB in First year. 
Robert Gordon UniversityGBP £8000 Saltire  
Royal Holloway, University of London£4,000Principal’s Masters Scholarship
 £2,000 all nationalities
£4,000 Indian national domiciled in India
Computer Science Scholarships
 £7,000RHBNC Trust Scholarship
 £8,100Bedford Society Scholarships
 £10,000Manju Mehrotra Scholarship
 £12,000The Professor Mike Walker OBE Scholarship
 NAClick here
Sheffield Halam University£3,000 automatic tuition fee bursaryVC's Awards - Click here
 A half fee waiver (50% discount) is available for undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses for the first year of study.Transform Together Scholarships - Click here
SOAS£3,000Closes on 31 May
Click here
Staffordshire University£2000 SMART scholarshipClick here
Swansea UniversityGoogle sheet  hereA Google sheet where you can find all the details related to deadline, weblinks, criteria etc.
The Glasgow School of Art,-funding-finance/scholarships/The deadline is this Monday, 31 May at 16.00 GMT
UClanUnder graduate
58 or 60 or 62% to <65% - £1000
65% to <70% - £1000 + £2000 (Merit Scholarship)
70% and above - £1000 + £3000 (Excellence Scholarship)

Post graduate
58 or 60% to <65% - £1000
65% to <70% - £1000 + £2000 (Merit Scholarship)
70% and above - £1000 + £3000 (Excellence Scholarship)
Scholarships are based on merit and processed together with an application.
There is no separate application for the same

Click here and here
Ulster University10000Great Scholarship
 10 x £1,000 scholarships  and 2000 PG scholarshipLLM / MSc Corporate Law, Computing and Innovation
University of Birmingham5 X 2500Click here
University of BrightonInternational Scholarships: 2500 GBPClick here
University of BristolThink Big Scholarship up to 20000 GBPClick here
University of East Londonsubject/department specific shared sheet on email
University of Exeter - IDP Exclusive£2,000 off the first year International tuition fees2000 X 5
University of Exeter- Great Scholarship£10,000
University of Gloucestershire1200 GBP Click here
University of HuddersfieldScholarships- 2000 GBP per year.
Additional 1000 GBP discount as early bird discount- if student pays deposit by mid July for Sep-21
Please note that 2000 GBP scholarships are not available for Placement courses for 18 months in Business school and Computing and Engineering school.

Deposit requirement to get CAS is 50% of first year tuition fees minus 2000 GBP scholarship, however all Punjab/ Haryana/ Tamil Nadu/ UP home students - Deposit is 100%. This means if a student is paying 100% deposit by mid July they need to minus £3000 from their total tuition fees. If they pay after mid July they need to minus £2000.

The deadlines are-

Application deadline- 30th June
Fulfilling conditions deadline- 31st July
Early payment deadline- 15 July
Fees payment deadline- 16 Aug
CAS release deadline- 20th Aug 
University of Kentmultiple awards available
University of Leicester50% Tution fee (50 Scholarships) Citizens of Change 
University of Lincoln50% Global Scholarshipthis is a merit base scholarship. It is very competitive and we welcome applications from student with a 2:1 or above. This is an online application form with the final deadline being Thursday 12th August 2021
 India £5,000 scholarshipFor Indian students who have a 2:2 equivalent or above and apply for the course before the 31st May. This is an automatic scholarship which will be awarded when the application is assessed. Applications after the 31st of May 2021 will not receive this scholarship automatically and will have to request a scholarship interview.
 £2,000 Postgraduate scholarshipScholarship given to International students who meet the entry requirements to the programme.
 £2,000 Undergraduate scholarshipScholarship given to International students who meet the entry requirements to the programme for the 1st year of study.
 NAClick here
University of LiverpoolUndergraduate Scholarships: (These are only applicable for students on non-clinical programmes):

UG Vice Chancellors International Attainment Award: This award is based on the grades that students achieve at Standard XII: 80%+ £2000 tuition fee reduction in first year; 90%+ £2500 tuition fee reduction in first year. Please see here for full requirements of this Scholarship.
University of Liverpool First Class Scholarship: £1,000 tuition fee reduction for each subsequent year of study if a First class average (70%) is maintained during degree at Liverpool. Please see here for full requirements of this Scholarship.
Click here
 Postgraduate Scholarships:

Central awards for Postgraduate Programmes (not programme specific):
Commonwealth Postgraduate Bursary: £2000 tuition fee reduction for students from a Commonwealth Country – this includes India. Please see here for the full requirements.
£2500 Vice-Chancellors International Attainment Scholarship – Students from a BTech/BEng background who achieve 70%+; or students from any other background (BA, BCom etc.) who achieve 65%+. Please see here for the full requirements. 
Click here
 Management School Postgraduate Scholarships:
Management School MSc Specific Scholarships (only for Management School MSc programmes and awarded on a first come, first served basis):
• ULMS Future Leaders Masters Scholarship: limited number of full fee waivers available. Awarded to top applicants based on academic excellence, CV and Personal Statement. Awarded on a first come first served basis, so an early application is recommended. Please see here for the full requirements of this Scholarship.
• ULMS Indian Subcontinent Excellence Scholarship: limited number of 50% tuition fee waivers across Management School MSc Programmes, based on Academic Excellence. Relevant work experience would also be advantageous. Please see here for the full requirements of this Scholarship.
Click here
 Management School MBA Scholarship (Only for Management School MBA and awarded on a first come first served basis):
• ULMS Liverpool MBA Excellence Scholarship – limited number of partial and full fee waivers available. Awarded to top applicants based on academic and professional excellence. Please see here for the full criteria.
• ULMS Women in Football Scholarship– limited number of partial and full fee waivers available. Awarded to top applicants based on academic and professional excellence. Please see here for the full criteria
Click here
University of NottinghamTuition FeeRegional Excellence Awards
 covering 50% or 100% of full-time masters tuition fees.Developing Solutions Masters Scholarship
University of PlymouthGBP 2000 to upto 50% of tuition fees , competative scholarship and you
need to fill
a form and have an offer of place and apply by Jun
Additional department wise our Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business 3000 GBP
University of ReadingGBP £4000Click here
University of Sheffield150 x 25% postgraduate merit scholarshipsInternational Merit Postgraduate Scholarship 2021
 50 x 50% undergraduateInternational Merit Undergraduate Scholarship 2021
University of SurreyInternational Masters scholarships of £2500This award will be in the form on Tuition fees discount and will be reflected on the CAS letter once you have firmly accepted the offer.
You are not required to apply for it separately.

Click here
University of Sussex£1500, £5000Click here
University of WarwickWarwick Undergraduate Global ExcellenceStudents who made their application before the 29th of January 2021, are self-funded and classified as an ‘overseas fees’ payer and hold an offer to study at Warwick would be eligible.Please note that the application deadline has been recently extended to the 10th of June 2021 and our Scholars team are responsible for sending out invitations to eligible offer holders to apply for the Warwick Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarship. For further details, Click here
 PG GREAT Britain ScholarshipsThose who hold an offer within the School of Life Sciences or the Department of Education Studies would be eligible to apply. Please note that the deadline for this scholarship is 1st June 2021 at 23:59 BST. Full details can be found at here
 Albukhary Scholarship is also available for undergraduate studentsthe deadline is 10th June 2021 and invitations have been sent to offer holders who are eligible for this scholarship.
Further information can be found at

Click here
University of YorkBe Exceptional scholarships - up to the value of £7,500
Vice-Chancellor's scholarships - up to the value of £20,000*
Click Here
University of Salford3,000GBP and 3,500 GBP
University of South WalesChancellors International Development scholarship worth £2500To all Indian students for both UG and PG study.
For UG study this is offered each year so the scholarship is worth £7,500.

Click here
Aberystwyth UniversityInternational Accommodation ScholarshipClick here
 £10,000Global Wales Postgraduate Scholarship - to study a full-time master's programme in Wales. Deadline : 20 June, 2021
University of BradfordVice-Chancellor's Award for Indian students - 3500GBP 
 Peace Studies and International Development UG Scholarship - 50% Tuition Fee Reduction 
 Peace Studies and International Development Scholarship - 5000 
 MA Filmmaking Scholarship - 3* £5000 
Oxford International Education GroupUG Programs:
Deadline:  31/05/2021

There are two simple conditions to secure the scholarship.
•        Student must clear the telephonic interview
•        Needs to make a part or full payment by the deadline as prescribed in the attachment
 Pre Masters:
Second deadline: 30/06/2021
Third  Deadline: 31/07/2021
University of GreenwichInternational Scholarships Award - 3000GBPClick here
Bangor UniversityScholarshipsClick here
University of BathFaculty of Science/ Engineering/ Humanities Master’s:
Deans Award for Academic Excellence (£5,000)
Global Leaders Scholarship (£5,000)
Click here
 School of management course
MSc Scholarship (£5,000)
Deans Award for Ambition (50% waiver)
Click here
 UG ScholarshipsClick here
University of KeeleUndergraduate:
• Keele Developing Countries Scholarship - £1,000 per year for self-funded international UG students from certain countries, including India (ALL UG Indian students are eligible for this award).
• Keele International Excellence Scholarship - £2,500 per year for self-funded international UG students who exceed the published entry requirements.
Developing Countries Scholarship

Click here
• Keele Developing Countries Scholarship - £1,000 for self-funded international PGT students from certain countries, including India (ALL PGT Indian students are eligible for this award).
• Keele International Excellence Scholarship - £1,000 - £5,000 for self-funded international PGT students depending on their Bachelor's grade.
• MSc Artificial Intelligence and Data Science Scholarship - £10,000 for BLACK, DISABLED, or FEMALE students applying for MSc Artificial Intelligence and Data Science. Closing date: 30 July 2021
• Keele Alumni Discount - 20% discount to students who have studied UG at Keele.
All scholarships (except MSc Artificial Intelligence and Data Science scholarships) are awarded automatically; there is no application process or closing date.
Click here
University of StirlingUG courses- confirmed scholarship of 2000 GBP per year without any application 
 PG courses- confirmed scholarship of 4000 GBP without any application 
University of DundeeUniversity of Dundee is offering South Asia Scholarship worth 5000GBP to every UG and PG applicant.The only condition will be to hold an offer. The scholarship is available for Sep 21 and Jan 22 intake.
Kings College LondonUG: Geography: 
 Various including Management: 
 Global Affairs:
University of EssexUndergraduate:
These are merit-based scholarships that are automatically awarded to applicants who meet the criteria. 
University of AberdeenAberdeen Global Scholarship worth £5000It is automatically awarded to Indian residents residing in India with no specific deadline.
You can see more about it here:
University of Strathclyde IDP Business Scholarship worth GBP 3000Nominations to be sent to Isha copying Chris & Gordon, deposits to be paid within 1week of nomination 
Goldsmith UniversityThe only 1 that remains open is:

Name: India Creative Economy Scholarships – in partnership with the British Council.
Value: Full tuition fees
Eligibility criteria: Only for offer holders who have accepted an offer for the following programmes:
•        MA Arts Administration & Cultural Policy
•        MA Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship
•        MA Cultural Policy, Relations & Diplomacy
•        MA Tourism & Cultural Policy
Deadline: June-end.
Click here
University of LancasterBusiness School scholarships range between £2000-£8000. 
 Taught Masters programmes, up to the value of £5,000, normally awarded on the basis of academic merit by FST, FASS & FHM (faculties at Lancaster). 
University of ChesterInternational Foundation Programmes- NA for IFP (on progression – 55% £1,000
and 65% £2,000 Year 2-4)
 Bachelor’s degree including Foundation - £1,000 pounds per year 
 Undergraduate - Guaranteed £1,000 international + £1,000 merit eligible 
 Postgraduate - Guaranteed £2,000 international + £1,000 merit eligible 
 MBA - Guaranteed £2,000 international + £1,000 merit eligible 
 MSc Wildlife Conservation - Guaranteed £2,000 international + £1,000 merit eligible 
 MA Social Work (2yr) -  Guaranteed £2,000 international + £1,000 merit eligible 
 MA Art Therapy (2yr) -  Guaranteed £2,000 international + £1,000 merit eligible 
 2000 pounds International Scholarship for all PG students and 1000 pounds for UG students 


Note: Given the current COVID-19 situation, there might be some changes in the 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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