Top Seven Scholarship Opportunities in the UK
An opportunity to study in a choice country on scholarship is usually a rare and very exciting one. It’s more exciting and relieving when it’s a fully funded scholarship. Recently, a lot of students from developing countries have been searching for great scholarship opportunities to enable them study their dream courses in the UK. A good number of these students are postgraduate or intending postgraduate students and an opportunity to study on a fully funded scholarship in any of the top notch UK universities would only bring them a step or several steps closer to their dreams. If you’re a postgraduate student that is looking for an opportunity to study in any of the UK universities on a fully funded scholarship, then read further.
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship: The Commonwealth shared scholarship is a scholarship jointly offered by the Commonwealth scholarship commission (CSC) and UK universities to support eligible students from developing Commonwealth countries. The scholarship is a fully funded scholarship and covers tuition fees, living costs and flights to UK and is usually offered to Masters students who are studying one year taught masters courses. An eligible student interested in this scholarship must apply for the scholarship before the deadline. For the 2021/2022 session, the application deadline was 9th April, 2021. Information concerning application dates for the 2022/2023 session will be announced in autumn of 2021.
Elegibility Requirement: To be eligible for the Commonwealth shared scholarship, one must be:
- a citizen of a Commonwealth country or a refugee or a British protected person.
- permanently resident in a Commonwealth country
- available to start his academic studies by the start of the UK academic year in September/October of that session
- hold a first degree of either first class or upper second class (2:1) classification by September of that academic year.
- not have studied or worked for one year or more in a high-income/developed country
- be unable to afford to study in the UK without a scholarship.
Chevening Scholarship: Chevening scholarship is a fully funded international scholarship offered by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office together with its partner organisations for students with leadership qualities from over one hundred and sixty countries to undertake postgraduate studies in many of the UK universities. Applications are made online through the scholarship web portal between early August and early November of each year. Also, applicants must apply directly to their preferred universities in the UK, usually for taught masters degree courses that are to be completed within one year. This scholarship covers tuition fee, living stipend and transport costs.
Rhodes Scholarship: The Rhodes scholarship is an international scholarship scheme established in 1903 for students to study postgraduate courses in the University of Oxford. It is interestingly the oldest graduate scholarship in the world which makes it one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the world. Successful candidates are selected on the basis of their literary and scholastic achievements, success in masculine outdoor sports such as soccer and cricket and moral force of character and leadership instincts. Just like the Commonwealth shared scholarship and Chevening scholarship, Rhodes scholarship is offered for full time postgraduate courses offered by the University of Oxford. However, unlike the first two scholarship schemes, Rhodes scholarship is awarded for two years but in some instances, may be held for up to three years. Also, the scholarship may be awarded to outstanding applicants for a taught masters program, a research degree or a second undergraduate degree. So, if you’re looking to study in the University of Oxford on a fully funded scholarship, you might want to consider applying for the Rhodes scholarship.
Gate Cambridge Scholarship: Gate Cambridge scholarship is a fully funded international scholarship funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and awarded to outstanding postgraduate students to study in the University of Cambridge. Established in 2000 by two of the world’s most prominent people, the scholarship has evolved to become the most competitive and prestigious scholarship in the world. The scholarship is awarded to postgraduate students studying for their masters and doctor of philosophy and is open to applicants from any country except the United Kingdom. Applicants are awarded the Gate Cambridge Scholarship on the basis of their academic excellence, choice of course, commitment to improving the lives of people and leadership capacity. To be awarded the scholarship, a prospective student must apply to study at the University of Cambridge. Afterwards, each department at the university would then rank and nominate eligible applicants for the scholarship. Finally, the list of the nominees would be forwarded to the Gates Cambridge Trust. So, if you’re looking to study at the University of Cambridge, I encourage you to apply for the Gate Cambridge Scholarship.
Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship: The Edinburgh global research scholarship is an award given to deserving students for PhD study in any field of study offered by the University of Edinburgh. The scholarship is valid for three years and covers tuition fee for international students but does not cover living expenses. To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be of outstanding academic merit and research potential. In addition, the candidate must have graduated with a first class or an upper second class honours in his Bachelor’s degree (or the overseas equivalent) can be considered, in addition to an excellent Master’s degree.
Scotland’s Saltire Scholarship: This is a scholarship offered by the Scottish government in collaboration with Scottish universities to students who aspire to become influential leaders and who have a lot of interests outside their studies as well as expand their academic experience in Scotland. The scholarship program is for masters degrees fully taught in Scottish universities in the areas of science, technology, creative industries, healthcare and medical sciences, and renewable and clean energy. One good thing about this scholarship is that distance learning courses are also eligible.
Eligibility: To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:
- have a conditional or unconditional offer of a place at a Scottish university on an eligible course that will be delivered physically in Scotland or through distance online learning or through a combination of both.
- be citizens of Canada, India, Japan, USA, Pakistan or China (Hong Kong citizens are also eligible since it is considered to be a special administrative region of China)
- be able to demonstrate that they can meet the costs of living in Scotland and the remaining tuition fees.
- not have previously studied in Scotland.
- not have previously received a Saltire Scholarship.
- meet the language requirements of the course.
- complete an application form and submit it by the closing date (in the case of 2021, 28th May, 2021).
Clarendon Fund Scholarship at University of Oxford: The Clarendon fund scholarship is a major postgraduate scholarship scheme at the University of Oxford and it covers the full tuition fee and living costs for the duration of study. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic excellence across all subjects in the University of Oxford. One very interesting thing about this scholarship is that, if a candidate submitted an application for admission into University of Oxford by the January deadline, he/she would automatically be considered for the Clarendon scholarship. To this end, there is no need to apply separately for a Clarendon scholarship after submitting your application to the university. So, if you’re still trying to decide on which UK university to apply to for your postgraduate studies, you might want to consider University of Oxford given the chance you have at being granted the Clarendon fund scholarship.
Conclusion: Studying in the UK with the thrills and bliss of its ancient civilization is usually a fun-filled experience for students who don’t have to worry about working extra hours to save up for their tuition fees or living cost. So, for an average international student from one of the Underdeveloped countries of the world with no study aid whatsoever, to fully enjoy your studies in the UK, I emolore you to consider applying for one of the above listed scholarships. Remember to apply weeks (or even months) before the deadline to enable you take time to write your application essays and put your scholarship application requirements in order before hitting the submit button. I wish you success in your quest to get a scholarship to study in the UK.
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