POSTGRADUATE EXTERNAL FUNDING FOR STUDENTS STUDING IN THE UK

There are a number of external organisations and research councils that offer financial help to postgraduate students. Please see list below for additional support options.

  1. Royal Institute of British Architects https://www.architecture.com/RIBA/Becomeanarchitect/Fundingyoureducation/Studentfunding/RIBAfundingschemes.aspx

. Professional and Career Development Loans https://www.gov.uk/career-development-loans/how-to-apply

3. Trust Funding https://fundsonline.org.uk/

4. Masters Degree Funding https://www.thescholarshiphub.org.uk/masters-degree-funding

5. Economic and Social Research Council http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/

6. Arts and Humanities Research Council http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/

7. Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/

8. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/

9. Medical Research Council https://www.mrc.ac.uk/funding/

10. Natural Environment Research Council http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/

11. Science and Technology Facilities Council http://www.stfc.ac.uk/funding/

12. UK Universities/ Schools

Some UK colleges and universities offer limited financial aid for international students to attract students to that institution. Your best option with this is to contact the school directly to get more information and the requirements of the financial aid.
You should request information about financial aid when you request an application form from the institution's admissions office.

13. Private Organizations

In some circumstances, UK companies may provide some form of financial aid for students to study in the UK and then work for them once they have graduated. The best resources to look for this type of financial aid are:

International Scholarships Database

https://www.internationalscholarships.com/

International Education Financial Aid

https://www.iefa.org/

International Student Loans

https://www.internationalstudentloan.com/

14. Private companies

Private companies sometimes offer financial support for you to study in the UK under the condition that you work for them for a certain amount of time after graduation.

15. Scholarships

Scholarships come in all shapes and sizes, and from a surprising amount of sources. There are three main types you will want to investigate though.

Global scholarships – These are broader scholarships not tied to a specific country or university. However, they're not open to everyone and still have strict eligibility criteria

Country-specific scholarships – These are scholarships for students from a specific country

University scholarships – A lot of UK universities will offer their own scholarships and financial support, for international students coming to study at their institution.

16. British Council Study UK (it’s worth contacting your local British Council office to find out more about scholarships for students in your country.

https://study-uk.britishcouncil.org/

17. Gates Cambridge (University of Cambridge)

Level of study: Postgraduate (Master’s, MSc or PhD)
Countries eligible: Any outside the UK
Eligibility criteria: As long as you’re not from the UK and you’re applying for an eligible course, you can apply
Applications open: September. 
https://www.gatescambridge.org/

18. Rhodes Scholarship (University of Oxford)

Level of study: Postgraduate
Applications open: June the year before you are due to start studying, typically closing around September/October (although this varies across countries).https://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/scholarships/scholar-application-overview/

19. A.S. Hornby Scholarship (University of Warwick)

Level of study: Master’s (specifically in English Language Teaching)
Eligibility criteria: You must have at least two years' full-time ELT experience and an undergraduate degree. You’ll also need a valid IELTS score of 6.5 overall
Applications open: November
http://www.hornby-trust.org.uk/

20. Commonwealth Scholarships

Level of study: Master's and PhD 
Countries eligible: 62 Commonwealth countries
Other eligibility criteria: You must be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee or British protected person. You’ll typically also need a minimum 2:1 Honours degree
Applications open: August before you are due to start studying.
http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/

21. Chevening Scholarships

Level of study: Master’s
Applications open: August the year before you are due to start studying. The deadline typically falls in October/November.
Chevening Scholarships are funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. They’re awarded to students with strong academic ability and clear leadership skills.
http://www.chevening.org/

22. Scholarships for international students

You can apply for a postgraduate scholarship from the UK government to cover things like course fees and the cost of living when you study in the UK. https://www.gov.uk/postgraduate-scholarships-international-students

23. UK University Scholarship Search

Are you looking for a scholarship, grant or bursary to help fund your studies in the UK? Here is comprehensive scholarship search with hundreds of potential opportunities waiting for you.

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