5 UK scholarships international students can still apply in 2022

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Scholarships can provide relief for international applicants looking to further their studies in UK universities. Source: Source: Oli Scarff/AFP

Several UK scholarships for international students are still open for application for the 2022-23 academic year. These scholarships partially or fully fund your studies to help alleviate the financial constraints faced by students who aspire to study abroad.

Students can find a variety of scholarships at different study levels, be it at the undergraduate, master’s or PhD level. Here are some worth looking into:

Scholarships that are still open for applications  

GREAT Scholarships 2022

The GREAT scholarship offers scholarships from UK universities across various subject areas, and can be applied by students from 18 countries. Applicants from Bangladesh, Brunei, China, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

This scholarship covers the tuition fees for a one-year taught postgraduate course, worth a minimum of £10,000.

The GREAT scholarships are jointly funded by the UK government’s GREAT Britain Campaign as well as participating UK higher education institutions.

Among the most generous UK scholarships for international students is the GREAT scholarship, awarded by 41 participating UK universities. Source: Oli Scarff / AFP

Among the participating higher education institutions which offer the GREAT scholarship initiative include:

Cardiff University

Eligible countries: Brunei, China, Mexico and Thailand

Scholarships available: Four (one award for each eligible country)

Deadline: May 31, 2022 (11:59pm BST)

Goldsmiths, University of London 

Eligible countries: India and Pakistan

Scholarships available: Two (one award for each eligible country)

Eligible courses: For Indian nationals, students must have received and accepted an offer in a taught postgraduate course from one of the following departments:  The Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Design, Institute of Management Studies, Computing or Psychology.

For Pakistani nationals, students must have received and accepted an offer in a taught postgraduate course from one of the following departments: Politics and International Relations, Institute of Management Studies or Computing.

Deadline: May 22, 2022 (11.59 pm BST)

Aston University, Birmingham

Eligible countries: Bangladesh, Egypt, Nepal, Kenya (for Kenyans, the scholarship is only awarded to justice and law students only)

Scholarships: Four (one award for each eligible country)

Eligible courses: Any one-year postgraduate-level taught course (excluding the MBA and OSPAP) for applicants from Bangladesh, Egypt and Nepal; Kenyans can apply for the LLM International Commercial Law.

Deadline: June 12, 2022.

universities offering uk scholarships for international students

Among the most popular study destinations for international students is London, home to University College London (UCL). Source: Tolga Akmen/AFP

University College London

University College London (UCL) is one of the world’s top universities, ranked joint eighth in the QS University Rankings in 2022.

Aside from its teaching excellence and experiential learning opportunities, UCL offers generous scholarships for students who do not have the financial means to otherwise pursue an education at the coveted institution. Among UCL’s scholarships include the UCL Global Masters Scholarship which caters to international applicants from a lower income background.

UCL Global Masters Scholarship

Value: £15,000 a year

Available to: All nationalities

Selection criteria: Financial need

Eligible fee status: Overseas

Eligible programmes: All postgraduate taught programmes

Deadline: May 12. 2022 (5 p.m. BST).

Find more scholarships here.

Manchester Metropolitan University 

The Manchester Metropolitan University offers the munificent Chancellor’s and Vice Chancellor’s International Awards to international applicants. The generous scholarship is aimed at international students who demonstrate exceptional academic abilities.

Eligibility: A self-funding student, with a strong academic background, and have been offered a place in an eligible course starting in September 2022.

Eligible courses: Postgraduate-taught programmes which include MA Design Innovation, MA Sound Design, MA Games Art, MA Emergent Technologies, MSc Digital Marketing Communications, MSc Financial Technology, MSc Sports Business Management & Policy, MSc (Pre-registration) Physiotherapy, MSc Artificial Intelligence, MSc Cyber Security, MSc Data Science, MSc Sport and Exercise Science,

Undergraduate programmes include BSc Physiotherapy, BSc Artificial Intelligence and Data Science and BSc Sport and Exercise Science.

Value: £6,000 (for Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship) and £8,000 (for Chancellor’s International Scholarship) a year in the first year of study

How to apply: Complete an online application form, write a 500-word personal statement explaining your academic achievements, reasons for choosing Manchester Metropolitan University as well as how enrolling in your course of choice can help you achieve your career goals.

Deadline: June 30, 2022.

University of Birmingham 

The University of Birmingham offers generous scholarships for international students; this includes the Global Masters Scholarship.

Eligible countries: Candidates must be classed as ‘domicile’ in either of the following countries which includes Algeria, Canada, China (PRC), Egypt, Ghana, Hong Kong (SAR of PRC), India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Seychelles, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, United States of America, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Scholarships available: Approximately 40

Value: Up to £10,000

Deadline: June 30, 2022 (11.59 p.m. BST)

More scholarships to study at the University of Birmingham can be found here.

University of the West of England

The prestigious Chancellor’s scholarship by the University of the West of England (UWE) is awarded to prospective postgraduate students who have demonstrated outstanding academic excellence by obtaining the equivalent of a British first-class degree.

It is important to note that scholarship recipients will be required to undertake an internship working within the International Office or other departments and may undertake ambassadorial activity for UWE throughout the duration of the course.

Following graduation, scholarship recipients will be expected to be proactive in promoting the UWE Bristol Alumni Network as well being an active member in it.

Eligibility: Postgraduate students

Value: 50% towards tuition fees

Award duration: One academic year

Scholarship availability: One for the September 2022 intake

Eligible countries: All classed as overseas for fees purposes

Deadline: May 31, 2022