Scholarships are financial support designed to help students further their studies. The support is awarded based on various criteria such as community involvement, employment experience, financial need also academic achievement which is usually the one that matters the most.
Furthermore, receiving a scholarship can have many benefits such as financial benefits, carrier benefits, and also personal benefits.
The United Kingdom offers so many scholarship programs for international students, before starting to talk about these scholarships you need to know that the application may not be that easy if you don’t write your IELTS and TOFER examination (for students who aren’t from an English speaking country, subscribe to the newsletter from scholarship portals, consult Alumnus, apply one month before the deadline at least; or get a copy of your application).
The following is a list of the 10 fully-funded scholarships that are made for international students in the UK:
British Chevening Scholarships:
Chevening is a global scholarship program offered by the government that’s accessible to all international students who want to pursue a one-year master’s courses. It aims to develop global leaders, and offer two types of awards: Chevening Fellowships and Chevening Scholarship.
The program covers tuition fees, a living allowance at a set rate for one person, as well as flights return to the UK.
The awarded are selected by British embassies and high commissions throughout the world.
Gates Cambridge Scholarships:
Gate Cambridge scholarships were set in 2000 are fully-funded scholarships for outstanding international applicants who want to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree and research at the University of Cambridge.
The applicants are selected based on 4 criteria: intellectual ability, reasons for the choice, commitment to improving others’ lives, and leadership potential.
A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of study including university fee, maintenance allowance for a single student, airfare at the beginning and the end of the course, as well as some additional, discretionary funding.
Clarendon Scholarships at University of Oxford (UK)
Clarendon scholarships are highly competitive scholarships; they offer 130 fully-funded scholarships every year to academically excellent graduate applicants from any country outside the UK.
Clarendon offers fully-funded scholarships that cover course fees and tuition, as well as a grant for living expenses.
Selection criteria depend on the subject area and on whether the applicant applied for a taught or research but generally, applicants are chosen for their excellent academic record, future academic potential, and aptitude as well their motivation.
Westminster International Scholarships
The university of Westminster awards scholarships to qualified students from developing countries who hope to study in the United Kingdom and pursue a full-time degree in any field at their university, except MBAs. These scholarships are usually awarded based on three criteria: excellence, development potential, and financial needs.
The scholarship covers tuition fee waivers, living expenses, accommodation, and also flights to and from London.
University of Bradford Global Development Scholarships
The University of Bradford Global Development Scholarships are meant to aid international students with financial difficulties because they are from a country that is in a crisis due to the political situation, war, natural disaster, etc. The scholarship is accessible to students based at the University of Bradford, on full-time master’s program, except for MBA.
Joint Japan World Bank Scholarships
The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program provides scholarships for a limited number of students from the World Bank member countries who are dedicated to the alleviation of poverty and want to pursue development-related studies at selected Universities from around the world.
The students are chosen based on three factors: academic excellence, professional experience, and relevance of the program of study.
The scholarship duration is two years maximum and covers economy class airfare between the home country and the host university, a US $500 travel allowance for each trip, tuition, the coast of basic medical, and a monthly subsistence allowance for living expenses including books.
The Rotary Foundation:
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International aims to improve health, support education, and also alleviate poverty in order to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace.
The Rotary foundation offers scholarships through the Rotary Foundation Global Grant scholarships. this scholarship finances graduate-level coursework or research for up to four academic years.
The OPEC Fund for International Development provides a fully-funded scholarship to graduate students who want to pursue a master’s degree in a development field in an accredited University from around the world.
The scholarship cover tuition fees trip between the student’s home country and the university, relocation grants, and health insurance.
University of Edinburgh MasterCard Foundation Scholarships:
The University of Edinburgh provides full postgraduate and undergraduate scholarships, in partnership with the MasterCard Foundation, to students from Africa with great academic and leadership potential.
The scholarship provides full financial support and covers accommodation and living costs, travel, and also tuition fees.
Windle Trust Postgraduate Scholarships:
For about three decades, Windle Trust International has established amazing scholarship partnerships with some UK universities to provide post-graduate opportunities to young students who will help African societies who are recovering from protracted wars’ and conflicts’ effects by providing leadership and professional skills for them.
The scholarship includes:
Return airfare to and from the UK, pre-university orientation on arrival in Oxford, leadership training and coaching program, fully paid/waived overseas student fees, maintenance stipend for the entire period of study (a year), also visits and pastoral support during the study.