If you are looking to study in the UK but have been deterred by the high costs, don’t lose hope just yet. Although it’s difficult to get financial aid in the UK, there are still plenty of ways to fund your education with scholarships and grants instead of taking out student loans. Check out this list of 15 fully funded UK scholarships that will help you fund your entire undergraduate degree (and beyond) as long as you meet their requirements!
Chevening Scholarships are fully funded scholarships for undergraduate students from all over the world. The scholarships cover tuition fees, living costs and provide a personal mentor to guide you through your studies. To be eligible for a Chevening Scholarship, you need to: be of post-school age (i.e. 21 or over), have good English language skills, and have the intention to return to your country of origin after completion of your course. You also need to meet one of the following criteria:
*come from a developing nation in Africa, Asia, Central America or the Caribbean; *be able to demonstrate that your degree will help advance knowledge about these regions; *have studied in an emerging region for at least one year before applying; *demonstrate that you have potential and commitment to play an active role in building social cohesion and better understanding between people of different cultures or nationalities.
The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom is a great resource for students who want to study abroad. They offer 15 scholarships that will fund your entire undergraduate degree at schools in the United Kingdom. Applications are due November 12th and the deadline for submissions is December 31st, each year. Awards are granted on a first-come, first-served basis so it’s important to get your application in as soon as possible!
The Great Britain-China Educational Trust Scholarship is a fully funded scholarship for international students who want to study at undergraduate level in the United Kingdom. As well as receiving a tuition fee scholarship, recipients are given £3,000 per annum for living expenses. Applicants must have achieved excellent grades in their A Levels or International Baccalaureate and will be starting their studies on September.
The Marshall Scholarship is a UK based scholarship that offers up to £30,000 towards an undergraduate degree at one of eight prestigious universities in the United States. The scholarship is open to students of any nationality who are coming from a country outside the US and will be returning there after their studies. This scholarship was originally founded by Cecil Harmsworth (1st Viscount Rothermere) as a memorial to Lord Alfred James George Marshall (1890-1959), the British economist who won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1953. You cannot apply for this scholarship if you have already been awarded or accepted a full or partial fellowship or scholarship from another institution or government agency for undergraduate study abroad in America.
The Sir John Monash Scholarships provide up to AUD$80,000 in funding over the course of three years. The scholarship is available to Australian citizens who are enrolled in a bachelor degree at one of the following universities:
University of Melbourne, RMIT University, University of Sydney, and University of Western Australia.
Scholarship recipients will be required to undertake a six-month internship related to their field of study as part of their degree. The scholarships will cover tuition fees for each year of study, an allowance for living expenses, access to specialist mentors from industry and academia, and a range of other benefits. For more information about eligibility requirements please see the website here.
The Rhodes Scholarship is a postgraduate award that offers full funding to study at the University of Oxford in England. The scholarship is awarded based on academic merit and strong leadership skills, and it’s open to citizens from any country. Applicants must be between the ages of 18-25, have an excellent academic record, and show great potential for making a contribution to their chosen field.
One of the most prestigious scholarships awarded in the US is the St. Andrews Society of Philadelphia Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to one student every year based on their academic achievement, community service and leadership skills. The scholarship is worth $10,000 which will fund an entire undergraduate degree at a British university such as Oxford or Cambridge.
The Thouron Award is a scholarship that will fund your entire undergraduate degree. The award covers tuition fees, accommodation, living expenses, and travel expenses. You must be a Commonwealth citizen who is a first-year undergraduate student at the University of Oxford in any subject. This is an amazing opportunity for students to have their tuition fees paid for and not have to worry about funding their education!
The Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarship is an undergraduate scholarship offered to students attending a British university. To qualify, applicants must have completed their A-Level exams and be entering their first year of study in. The scholarship covers tuition fees for up to four years of full-time undergraduate study at any accredited institution in the United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales).
Applicants must also demonstrate financial need and that they are committed to pursuing a degree that will benefit the United Kingdom.
Schwarzman Scholars is a fully funded scholarship program for undergraduate students who are studying at universities around the world. In return, scholars commit to spending at least one year in China after graduation to work on projects that will promote closer ties between China and other countries. The program was founded by Stephen Schwarzman, Chairman and CEO of Blackstone Group LP and a member of the President’s Economic Advisory Council, with his wife Dr. Christine King.
The Beit Trust is a scholarship programme that offers 15 fully funded scholarships for undergraduate students from low-income backgrounds. The programme, which was founded in 2012, has helped over 200 students from disadvantaged backgrounds to access education at some of the country’s leading universities and colleges.
The Beit Trust scholarships are open to students who have been living in the United Kingdom for two years or less. Applicants must have attended an English school outside their home country for at least one year before applying and they cannot be studying full time elsewhere. To be eligible, applicants must also be on track to graduate with three A levels including English language and maths, or equivalent qualifications.
The Fulbright Commission is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between Americans and people of other countries. It is modeled after a similar program, The Rhodes Scholarship, which was established in 1902. In order to be eligible for this scholarship, you must be an American citizen and at least 18 years old when the application deadline arrives. There are also various requirements that will depend on where your degree is from.
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship is a highly prestigious scholarship that covers the cost of your entire undergraduate degree at Cambridge University. It has been awarded to over 240 students from more than 70 countries around the world, and recipients have gone on to become doctors, lawyers, teachers, journalists and more.
Applicants must be high-achieving graduates from an undergraduate program with an excellent academic record who are committed to improving society in fields such as engineering, mathematics and social sciences.
The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship (QECS) is a fully funded scholarship programme for students from developing Commonwealth countries. This scholarship covers the cost of tuition fees, living expenses, travel to and from their home country and the opportunity to study at one of the QECS Partner universities in the United Kingdom.
To be eligible for this scholarship programme, students must have graduated high school or completed equivalent pre-university education between the ages of 18-25 years old with good academic performance.
The Royal Society Scholarship is a fully-funded scholarship for undergraduate study in the sciences, which offers 10 awards each year. This scholarship is open to students who are nationals of or currently studying in one of the following countries: Australia, China, Ghana, India, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Nigeria and New Zealand.