Practical advice for students on scholarships

Do you want to study in the United Kingdom but do not have the necessary financial support for it? Here are some practical advice for you on scholarships.

Some people choose a course and then apply for a scholarship while others choose an available scholarship in a subject and this will determine which course they will apply for.

There are thousands of scholarships available for international students you just have to find them and apply as early as you can to maximise your chance to get it. You can check the websites of UK schools, colleges and universities or here is a list of scholarships managed by the British Council:

  • Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships
  • Hornby Educational Trust Scholarships
  • Higher Education Scholarships for Palestine
  • Young Cell Scheme
  • Goa Education Trust Scholarships
  • Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships
  • Entente Cordiale
  • Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
  • Euraxess UK
  • UK-China HE Research Partnership for PhD Studies
  • Tullow Group Scholarships Scheme
  • Hong Kong – Scotland Partners in Postdoctoral Research scholarship scheme
  • Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust Scholarships
  • BIRAX Regenerative Medicine Initiative Fellowships
  • Nigeria LNG Overseas Postgraduate Scholarships Scheme
  • International Atomic Energy Agency Scholarships
  • BG Tanzania International Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme for Geoscience and Engineering

There are also other sources of funding available like global schemes (Erasmus, Royal Society, Chevening UK) or just have a look at the website of Prospects (www.prospects.ac.uk) or at the website of Postgraduate Studentships (www.postgraduatestudentships.co.uk).

You should know that the scholarships are different and they may not cover all your expenses during your studies in the UK. Make sure you think about all the cost elements when planning your studies abroad. Here is a list of possible elements to help you:

  • Tuition fees
  • Visa fees
  • Travel to the UK
  • Accommodation
  • Food and drink
  • Day-to-day living costs
  • Travel and sightseeing in the UK
  • Health and travel insurance

How does the application for scholarships work?

The application process for scholarships may vary but usually you have to apply for them at least 6 months before the start date of your course. Usually you have to fill an application form online and send it back to the organisation before the deadline. These forms usually require to submit the following information:

  • Your personal details
  • Undergraduate transcripts
  • Undergraduate graduation certificates
  • Any references you may have

The application may include short essay-style questions and general questions about the applicant’s academic background as well. This is a very important part of the application as if you are eligible for the scholarship regarding your personal data this is the information their final decision is based on. From these questions they are going to find out more about your personality and your motivation regarding the subject you have chosen.

After you have submitted the necessary information you have to wait until the applications are shortlisted and if you are lucky your application will be considered by the staff of the organisation. You have to be patient as these organisations receive a large number of applications and they can’t probably contact all applicants individually.