An investment in your future

Have you ever wondered what a UK education can do for you? Alongside a world-class qualification, studying in the UK will give you the opportunity to experience a new culture, network with students and professionals from all over the world, and gain skills to help further your career development. 

There are various financial support options available to help fund your studies in the UK. This includes scholarships, grants, bursaries, fellowships, financial awards and loans.

Anything is possible

Receiving financial support could help you achieve your dreams – be it progressing your career, starting your own business or bringing change and opportunity to your community. In our film above, scholarship recipients talk about how the opportunity has transformed their lives. They have one piece of advice for students thinking of applying for a scholarship: ‘Just go for it!’

Scholarships and financial support

The UK government offers hundreds of scholarships, bursaries and additional financial support to students from several countries. You can visit the UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) website to find out if you are eligible for a scholarship. 

Many institutions also offer their own financial assistance, and you can check their websites for more information.

Lots of universities offer fully-funded postgraduate studentships. You can find out more from your chosen university or from specialist websites like Postgraduate Studentships and Prospects.


Funding opportunity

Open to students or researchers from

A.S. Hornby Trust Scholarship Programme

Scholarships for English language teachers to develop their English language skills

Selected countries – see website

Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships

Scholarships for postgraduate master's studies in the areas of science, technology, creative industries, healthcare and medical sciences, and renewable and clean energy.

Canada, China (including Hong Kong), India, Pakistan and USA

Young Cell Scheme

Postgraduate master's studies in the EU


Chevening Fellowships

Short courses or professional/academic research opportunities for mid-career professionals

Selected countries – see website

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

Master's and doctoral courses (for study in the UK and distance learning), plus academic, professional and medical fellowships

Commonwealth countries

Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust Scholarships

Doctoral studies, research, visiting fellows and Scottish summer school


UK-China HE Research Partnership for PhD Studies

Doctoral studies

China and UK

GREAT China scholarships

150 postgraduate scholarships in total value of £1 million (Web page available in English and Mandarin).


GREAT Turkey scholarships

17 undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships in total value of £350,000, in a range of subjects, including: law, engineering, business, biosciences, art and design, IT and more.


Marshall Scholarship

Master's and doctoral courses at any university in the UK


Marshall Sherfield Fellowships

Post-doctoral research in science and engineering at any university in the UK


Other sources of funding

Contact your  local British Council office or your university of choice to find out what other sources of funding are available.