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:
Name of the scholarship
Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship
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:
Scotland Saltire Scholarships
*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 University||We 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||https://aru.ac.uk/student-life/preparing-for-university/help-with-finances/scholarships|
|MBA Scholarship - £4,000 for the one-year course, or £2,000 for the two-year course with placement.|
|Aston University||Global Excellence Award of 2000 GBP and 5000 GBP||Assessed 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.
|Brunel University London||Fully funded/ 6000/ 3000 / 1500|| https://brunel.formstack.com/forms/women_in_stemscholarship_applicationform_202122/|
Nominate via email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
|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||£5,000||Click here|
|VC International Scholarship||Click here|
Chancellor’s India Scholarships 2021.
|Glasgow Caledonian University||Scotland's Saltire scholarship - 8000GBP||The 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||https://www.gcu.ac.uk/study/scholarships/postgraduate/|
|Postgraduate Ambassador Scholarship - Full tuition fee Scholarship up to £15,000||https://www.gcu.ac.uk/study/scholarships/postgraduate/|
|INTO Global||Pathway program - $1000 – 10000|
|Kingston University||2000 GBP||Click here|
|Loughborough University||25% 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 London||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|
|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 University||UG 2000/ year and PG 3000|
|Middlesex University||GBP 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.|
|Navitas||Early bird 1000 GBP||Navitas ICP portsmouth|
|Newcastle University||7 Fully Funded Scholarship||Click here|
|Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship|
Vice Chancellor’s International Scholarships
|Nottingham Trent University||NA||NTU 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 Boston||We can offer students 15000 USD as bursary for September 21 intake|
|ONCAMPUS UK||Scholarship 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
|QA||1 year course - £2000|
2 Yrs Course - £3000
GBP 2000 – Fee Rate- GBP 17,700
GBP3000—Fee Rate – GBP 21,40
|For PGT Management School everyone who accepts the offer will get GBP 2000|
GBP 2500 – Fee Rate- GBP 17,400- For the first Year only
GBP 3000- Fee Rate – 21400 For the first year only
|Merit base scholarship for next 2 years GBP 2000 once the student scores good marks at QUB in First year.|
|Robert Gordon University||GBP £8000 Saltire|
|Royal Holloway, University of London||£4,000||Principal’s Masters Scholarship|
|£2,000 all nationalities|
£4,000 Indian national domiciled in India
|Computer Science Scholarships|
|£7,000||RHBNC Trust Scholarship|
|£8,100||Bedford Society Scholarships|
|£10,000||Manju Mehrotra Scholarship|
|£12,000||The Professor Mike Walker OBE Scholarship|
|Sheffield Halam University||£3,000 automatic tuition fee bursary||VC'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||£3,000||Closes on 31 May|
|Staffordshire University||£2000 SMART scholarship||Click here|
|Swansea University||Google sheet here||A Google sheet where you can find all the details related to deadline, weblinks, criteria etc.|
|The Glasgow School of Art||https://www.gsa.ac.uk/life/fees,-funding-finance/scholarships/||The deadline is this Monday, 31 May at 16.00 GMT|
58 or 60 or 62% to <65% - £1000
65% to <70% - £1000 + £2000 (Merit Scholarship)
70% and above - £1000 + £3000 (Excellence Scholarship)
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 University||10000||Great Scholarship|
|10 x £1,000 scholarships and 2000 PG scholarship||LLM / MSc Corporate Law, Computing and Innovation|
|University of Birmingham||5 X 2500||Click here|
|University of Brighton||International Scholarships: 2500 GBP||Click here|
|University of Bristol||Think Big Scholarship up to 20000 GBP||Click here|
|University of East London||subject/department specific||shared sheet on email|
|University of Exeter - IDP Exclusive||£2,000 off the first year International tuition fees||2000 X 5|
|University of Exeter- Great Scholarship||£10,000||http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/great/|
|University of Gloucestershire||1200 GBP||Click here|
|University of Huddersfield||Scholarships- 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 Kent||multiple awards available||https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate|
|University of Leicester||50% Tution fee (50 Scholarships) Citizens of Change|
|University of Lincoln||50% Global Scholarship||this 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 scholarship||For 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 scholarship||Scholarship given to International students who meet the entry requirements to the programme.|
|£2,000 Undergraduate scholarship||Scholarship given to International students who meet the entry requirements to the programme for the 1st year of study.|
|University of Liverpool||Undergraduate 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.
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.
|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.
|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
|University of Nottingham||Tuition Fee||Regional Excellence Awards|
|covering 50% or 100% of full-time masters tuition fees.||Developing Solutions Masters Scholarship|
|University of Plymouth||GBP 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 Reading||GBP £4000||Click here|
|University of Sheffield||150 x 25% postgraduate merit scholarships||International Merit Postgraduate Scholarship 2021|
|50 x 50% undergraduate||International Merit Undergraduate Scholarship 2021|
|University of Surrey||International Masters scholarships of £2500||This 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.
|University of Sussex||£1500, £5000||Click here|
|University of Warwick||Warwick Undergraduate Global Excellence||Students 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 Scholarships||Those 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 students||the 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
|University of Westminster||2000 GBP||INTERNATIONAL POSTGRADUATE PART FEE SCHOLARSHIP|
|University of York||Be Exceptional scholarships - up to the value of £7,500|
Vice-Chancellor's scholarships - up to the value of £20,000*
|University of Salford||3,000GBP and 3,500 GBP||https://www.salford.ac.uk/international/scholarships|
|University of South Wales||Chancellors International Development scholarship worth £2500||To all Indian students for both UG and PG study.|
For UG study this is offered each year so the scholarship is worth £7,500.
|Aberystwyth University||International Accommodation Scholarship||Click here|
|£10,000||Global Wales Postgraduate Scholarship - to study a full-time master's programme in Wales. Deadline : 20 June, 2021|
|University of Bradford||Vice-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 Group||UG Programs:|
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
|Second deadline: 30/06/2021|
Third Deadline: 31/07/2021
|University of Greenwich||International Scholarships Award - 3000GBP||Click here|
|Bangor University||Scholarships||Click here|
|University of Bath||Faculty of Science/ Engineering/ Humanities Master’s:|
Deans Award for Academic Excellence (£5,000)
Global Leaders Scholarship (£5,000)
|School of management course|
MSc Scholarship (£5,000)
Deans Award for Ambition (50% waiver)
|UG Scholarships||Click here|
|University of Keele||Undergraduate:|
• 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
• 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. |
|University of Stirling||UG courses- confirmed scholarship of 2000 GBP per year without any application|
|PG courses- confirmed scholarship of 4000 GBP without any application|
|University of Dundee||University 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 London||UG: Geography: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/geography/undergraduate/scholarships|
|Various including Management: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/student-funding/postgraduate-taught-funding/index2|
|University of Essex||Undergraduate: |
|These are merit-based scholarships that are automatically awarded to applicants who meet the criteria.|
|University of Aberdeen||Aberdeen Global Scholarship worth £5000||It is automatically awarded to Indian residents residing in India with no specific deadline.|
You can see more about it here: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/funding/561.
|University of Strathclyde||IDP Business Scholarship worth GBP 3000||Nominations to be sent to Isha copying Chris & Gordon, deposits to be paid within 1week of nomination|
|Goldsmith University||The 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
|University of Lancaster||Business 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 Chester||International 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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