The education system in the UK has always been highly rated. It is one of the most popular destinations to study after the US. Apart from some famous universities in London, there are leading colleges all across the UK. 11 of UK universities have featured in the top 100 universities, as per the World University Rankings of 2020. 

Being a popular study abroad destination, UK universities also attract a number of Indian students. The universities have excellent scholarship systems to help out international students. Some colleges and universities offer scholarships that are exclusive for their Indian students. The scholarships cover popular undergraduate, postgraduate (Masters, MBA), and doctoral or Ph.D. programs. These scholarships are open to meritorious international students and can be partially or fully paid as per the respective criteria.  

Some of the scholarships are funded by the government while some are offered by private as well as public institutions. The applicants should make sure to check the criteria and the application closing dates before applying for any of the scholarships.

List of UK Scholarships for Indian Students: 

The UK offers a number of scholarships to its Indian students to help them fund their study abroad plans by choosing to study in the UK. Some of the most popular international scholarships that the Indian students can opt for are listed below:

Commonwealth Masters Scholarships: These scholarships are awarded by the Department for International Development (DFID) to the international students from developing Commonwealth countries who wish to pursue Masters and Ph.D. in the UK.

Commonwealth Fellowship Plan: This plan is an initiative taken by the government for students from Commonwealth countries. This is to allow them to make major contributions in their home country upon completion of their higher education programs in the United Kingdom.

Chevening Scholarships: These scholarships are provided by the UK government under the UK government’s Global Scholarships Program. They are usually granted for a 1 year Master’s program in the UK. They cover the entire tuition fees, economy class airfare, living allowance, and additional expenditure. 

Dr. Manmohan Singh Scholarships: This scholarship was launched by St. John’s College in honor of Dr. Manmohan Singh. It is awarded to the academically outstanding Indian students who want to pursue doctoral studies in St. John’s College and the University of Cambridge in subject areas like science & technology, economics, and social sciences. 

Goa Education Trust Scholarships: The GET aims to support Goan students in availing opportunities in education and their areas of interest at UK institutions. The students eligible under this program get scholarships and research fellowships by the universities.

Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships: This trust awards 10 long-term awards to international students every year. These include the expenses for accommodation and living expenses in Britain, fees, and a contribution to international fares. This scholarship does not include two-year programs.

British Council Great Scholarships for Indian students: British Council Great Scholarships offer around 198 scholarships with a total budget of £2.6 million every academic year. This is done in partnership with 40 UK universities.

Rhodes Scholarships - Every academic year, 5 scholarships are offered to Indian students that are chosen based on their exceptional intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service, to study at the University of Oxford. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious scholarships started in 1902. 

Erasmus Mundus -  It is one of the most popular scholarships in the UK for Indian students. The motive of this scholarship was to improve the quality of higher education through cooperation between Europe and the rest of the world. Their scholarship amount differs according to the level of studies or research, its duration, and the nationality of a student. 

Felix Scholarship - This scholarship was started in order to allow talented underprivileged students from India and other developing countries, an opportunity for postgraduate education in a UK university. 

Sir Ratan Tata Scholarships - This scholarship consisted of partial international airfare from India to the university abroad. Sir Tata scholarships allow students who have applied for postgraduate and doctoral studies travel grants. 

Hornby Scholarships - This trust offers scholarships to English language teachers from developing countries like India. Their main focus is on supporting English language specialists, like senior teachers, teacher-trainers, inspectors and material writers by offering MA scholarships to enable them to study the English language and teaching for an academic year in the UK. 

Criteria for Applying to UK Scholarships:

The first and foremost criterion for applying to a UK scholarship will be a good academic score. It differs as per the chosen university, subject, or level of education. In some scholarships, factors like extracurricular activities also come into place. Every scholarship usually has its own eligibility criteria. Some of the general criteria are given below: 

  • Written Assignments: In research-centric programs, the candidates might have to submit written assignments
  • Citizenship:  The general criteria for Indian students are that they must have Indian citizenship. 
  • Academic Background: must have completed higher education from an English medium institution, and must have a good academic background. 

Expenses Covered under Scholarships for Studying UK:

There is more competition while applying for government scholarships than university scholarships. So, the candidates are advised to start the application process 8-12 months before the intake of their preferred program. Generally, the scholarships cover the total tuition fee but some scholarships also cover living expenses, airfare, and the visa fee. This is based on the applicant's academic excellence and background. 

How to Increase the Chances of Getting a UK Scholarship?

For applying to a scholarship into a premium college, the candidates have to keep certain factors in mind. Some of these are: 

  • There are fewer seats and high competition for limited funding provided by these scholarships. 
  • The first criterion would be academic. So the students should aim for at least 80% - 85% in their undergraduate degree. 
  • They should also focus on scoring high in their GRE/ GMAT/ IELTS/ TOEFL. 
  • The scholarship form should be filled carefully as the details are not allowed to be edited by many universities. 


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