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Scholarships to study in the UK 2023 - Apply now !

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 UK 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 UK 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. 

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Intakes for UK Scholarships

Colleges and universities in the UK offer two major intakes, but few of the universities also offer summer intakes. The three intakes available in the UK are:



Autumn/Fall intake

September to December

Spring intake

January to April

Summer intake

April to June

What are the criteria for applying for scholarships to study abroad?

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, you may have to fulfil several other conditions for others. For instance, you may have to submit written assignments in research-centric programs.

Top Scholarships for Indian Students to Study in the UK

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



Chevening Scholarship  

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 include airfare, living expenses and tuition fees
  • This is available for 12 months (if the duration is 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 aims to give international students from commonwealth countries a chance to pursue postgraduate degrees in the UK. Basically, the scholarship scheme caters to students from commonwealth nations to study in the UK.
Types of scholarship awards:
The Commonwealth Scholarships offers:

  • Commonwealth PhD Scholarships  
  • Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships  
  • Commonwealth Master's Scholarships 
  • Commonwealth Shared Scholarships    
  • Commonwealth Distance learning Scholarships 
  • Commonwealth PhD Scholarships  
  • Commonwealth Professional Fellowships 


GREAT Scholarship

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, equivalent to one year's tuition for 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)

Charles Wallace India trust scholarships (CWIT) is the scholarship fund of Charles Wallace India Trust that provides grants to Indian students currently living in India in the early or middle stages of their career and either working or studying in the heritage conservation, arts, or humanities. They are of three types:

  • CWIT long-term grants
  • CWIT Short Research Grants
  • Grants towards the final year of Doctoral study in the UK


Scotland Saltire Scholarships

Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships is a scholarship program of the Scottish Government in collaboration with Scottish universities offered in the areas of creative industries, technology, science, medical sciences, healthcare, and renewable and clean energy.
The scholarships offer up to 50 awards of each £8000 which includes tuition fees for any one year of full-time postgraduate master’s program at any Scottish higher education institution.
Eligible courses (PG Master level courses)

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Healthcare and medicines
  • Creative Industries
  • Renewable and clean energy

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

Scholarship for Masters in the UK for Indian Students
Many colleges in the UK provide scholarships for pursuing a master’s degree, here are the popular ones offered by our partner universities:




Leeds and Beckett University

Postgraduate Scholarship

£ 3,000

University of East Anglia

UEA India Award

PG - £ 4,000 - £ 5,000 (Guaranteed)

Lancaster University

Global Scholarship for all PG courses

£ 5,000

University of Greenwich

PG Scholarship

Up to £ 1,500 GBP

Cardiff University

Vice-Chancellor Scholarship

£ 2,000

Check out all post-graduate scholarships.

UK scholarships for undergraduate international students

Studying in the UK can be financially secure if you find the right scholarship program. UK universities are open to meritorious international students to help them fund their studies and offer either fully or partially paid scholarships depending on the criteria, course, and duration. Here are the popular ones offered by our partner universities:




Leeds and Beckett University

Undergraduate Scholarship

£ 1,000

University of East Anglia

Actuarial Science Scholarship

UG - £ 6,000

Lancaster University

Global Scholarship for all UG courses

£ 5,000

Kingston University London

UG Scholarship

Up to £ 3,000 GBP

University of Leicester

UG Scholarship

Up to £ 2,500 / Year

Check out all under-graduate scholarships.

MBA Scholarships in the UK for Indian Students

Masters of business administration (MBA) is one of the most popular courses in current times. Most of the international students prefer universities abroad to study this course. But as MBA fees in on the higher side, there are scholarships offered by some of our partner universities to pursue the course:




Leeds and Beckett University

MBA Scholarship

£ 1,500 /Year

Lancaster University

MBA Scholarship

£ 8,000

Aston University

MBA Dean Award

50 % of Tuition fees

University of Bath

MBA scholarship

£ 10,000 or £ 15,000

Check out all MBA scholarships.

FAQs related to Scholarships in the UK

Here are some frequently asked questions related to scholarships:

1. Can we get a scholarship to study abroad that covers everything from tuition fees to living expenses?

There is a wide range of scholarships offered by universities and governments. The conditions will depend on the course, university, place, etc. You can get partial or fully-paid scholarships. You can check the website or contact our international education experts for the same.

2. Where to check the scholarships to study abroad?

The scholarships you can opt for depends on the course, university, place, etc. So, you can visit the university or government to check your options. Also you can contact our experts for more information.

Also, most UK universities and colleges have a 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.

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