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External scholarships and other funding

You’ll find information on external scholarships and funding for international students to study in the UK on this page.

Chevening scholarship

External scholarships and funding for international students

There are some scholarships and sources of funding available to international students for study in the UK, these are listed below.

You can also get funding advice on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.

Chevening Scholarships 

Chevening is the UK government’s global leadership programme, offering fully-funded scholarships and fellowships for future leaders and influencers to study in the UK.

We welcome applications from this scheme every year.

If successful, you'll live and study in the UK, during which time you'll develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture and build lasting positive relationships.

Applications will close on 3 November at 12:00 (GMT). More information is available on the Chevening website.

Chevening scholarships are open to applicants from over 160 countries and territories around the world, looking to study an eligible one year taught master’s degree at a UK institution. To be eligible for a Chevening scholarship you must:

  • be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country or territory;
  • return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after their award has ended;
  • have completed all components of an undergraduate degree that will enable entry onto a postgraduate course at a UK university by the time you submit your application. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK but may be different depending on the course and university choice;
  • have at least two years (equivalent to 2,800 hours) of work experience;
  • apply to three different eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 15 July 2021.

Global Study Awards 

Awards available to study in the UK through the ISIC Association, StudyPortals and British Council IELTS partnership.

Visit the StudyPortals website for more information on Global Study Awards

European students

EU students

You'll find information on tuition fee loans and other funding opportunities for EU students below.

The UK government has confirmed that:

  • EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status, undergraduate, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in academic year 2021/22.

If you have questions about how the UK's departure from the EU may affect your studies please read our international student support advice for the most up-to-date information.

Undergraduate funding 

Eligible EU students can apply for a loan from the UK Government to help with tuition fee costs.

EU students who have been living permanently in the UK for at least five years prior to the start of their course may also be able to apply for a loan to help towards living costs.

The government has confirmed that EU students who have already started their course, or will start their course in 2020/21 will retain their student status and funding arrangements.

Some help may be available from your home education authority so we advise you to approach them directly.

Postgraduate funding

The UK Government has a postgraduate loan scheme for eligible students starting in 2020/21 academic year. You can borrow up to £11,222  for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Masters qualification.

Other funding for EU students 

A variety of external organisations including governmental agencies, charities and industry also offer funding opportunities for. Further information is available from:

Erasmus + Masters loan (France and Spain)

If you're from France or Spain (or if you're an EU student resident in France or Spain) you can apply for a tuition fee loan to help with tuition fee costs for postgraduate studies.

A loan of up to €12,000 is available for a one-year Masters degree and a maximum of €18,000 for a two-year Masters degree. You can apply directly with BPCE in France or Microbank in Spain. The decision to award a loan depends on the bank concerned.

Eligibility depends on factors such as where you live, your course, where you are studying, and whether you've studied a higher education course before. If you've already received an Erasmus grant during your first degree you can still apply for an Erasmus+ Master Loan.

Visit the Erasmus website for more information on the Erasmus + Master loan scheme

Still need help?

International Development Office
+44 (0)115 848 8175