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Top UK Scholarships for Indian Students

It is not a matter of debate that the UK houses some of the world’s most prestigious and renowned educational institutions. Many of India’s greatest national leaders, economists, lawyers, businessmen and academics have pursued their higher studies in the UK. The rising costs of education in the country, however, dictate that without the aid of UK scholarships, studying in the UK would remain a distant dream for a majority of Indian students.

Thanks to the UK Government, universities and private charitable funds, there are many UK Scholarships that Indian students can avail to considerably lighten their financial burden. In this article, we shall cover the top UK Scholarships that Indian students can apply for. It is to be noted as a general rule, though, that most of these UK scholarships would require the applicant to receive an offer letter from a relevant UK university.

S.No. Name of the Scholarship Award Discipline Eligibility
1 Chevening Scholarships Tuition + Airfare + monthly stipend & other allowances Post-Graduation Graduation
2 Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships Tuition + Airfare + Visa + Monthly Stipend PhD Post-Graduation
3 Sir Ratan Tata Post-Doctoral Fellowship 8-month Fellowship at LSE, includes travel expenses Post-doctoral PhD
4 Felix Scholarship Tuition + Airfare + Living Expenses Post-Graduation Graduation
5 Hornby Scholarships Tuition + Airfare + Visa + Monthly Stipend Post-Graduation Graduation
6 Rhodes Scholarships Tuition + Airfare + Maintenance Post-Graduation Graduation
7 GREAT Scholarships Full Tuition (for one year of study) Graduation, Post-Graduation Class 12, Graduation
8 Inlaks Scholarships Full Tuition (up to USD 100000) + Travel and Maintenance Post-Graduation Graduation
9 The Gates Cambridge Scholarships Full Tuition + Airfare + Maintenance Allowance Post-Graduation Graduation
10 Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships Tuition (up to GBP 8000) for one-year of study Post-Graduation Graduation
11 India Postgraduate (taught) Masters Scholarships (University of East Anglia) GBP 4000 – GBP 5000 Post-Graduation Graduation
12 Vice Chancellors International Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships (University of East Anglia) 25% – 50% of tuition Graduation Class 12
13 Graduate Support Scheme (LSE) GBP 5000 – GBP 15000 Post-Graduation Graduation
14 Lincoln India Scholarship (University of Lincoln) GBP 5000 Post-Graduation Graduation
15 Commonwealth PhD Scholarships Tuition + Airfare + Maintenance & other allowances PhD Post-Graduation
16 Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships Tuition (for last year of doctoral studies) + Airfare + Maintenance & other allowances PhD Post-Graduation
17 Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships Tuition (one-year) + Airfare + Maintenance & other allowances Post-Graduation Graduation
18 Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Tuition (one-year) + Airfare + Maintenance & other allowances Post-Graduation Graduation
19 Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships Tuition (part-time Master’s course) Post-Graduation Graduation
20 Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowships Airfare + Maintenance & other allowances Post-doctoral research PhD
21 Commonwealth Medical Fellowships Airfare + Maintenance & other allowances Clinical Skills Mid-career medical professional
22 Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships Tuition + Airfare + Living Expenses Study/Work Experience in Arts, Heritage Conservation, Social Sciences Mid and early career professionals

  1. Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships

Named after the former Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh, these UK Scholarships are for students from India who are looking to pursue Doctoral studies from the University of Cambridge, with St. John’s College as their institution of choice. Dr Manmohan Singh graduated with a BA in Economics from St. John’s College in 1957. A number of UK scholarships are made available under this program for Indian students who wish to do a PhD in subjects like Science and Technology, Economics, and the Social Sciences. The scholarship covers the full tuition fee, airfare and visa expenses, along with a monthly stipend.

  1. Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

The UK Government funds scholarship programs for students from Commonwealth countries under the UK Scholarships program called Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan, or the CSFP. These UK Scholarships are provided to students of Commonwealth countries who can make a significant contribution to their home country after the completion of a higher education programme in the UK. Hence, scholarship awardees must retain to their home countries after completing their studies in the UK. The following UK scholarships are offered under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan for Indian students:

UK Scholarships for Indian Students: Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
Commonwealth PhD Scholarships For full-time doctoral study at a UK university
Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships For PhD candidates, to spend up to 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country
Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships For full-time Master’s study at a UK university
Commonwealth Shared Scholarships For full-time Master’s study on selected courses, jointly supported by UK universities
Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships For part-time Master’s study by distance learning on selected courses offered by UK universities
Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowships For highly skilled researchers, for one or two years’ postdoctoral research at a UK university
Commonwealth Medical Fellowships For mid-career medical staff, to enhance their clinical skills

All applications for the scholarship are managed by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). Students must register on the MHRD portal to submit their application following which they will be called for a personal interview for final selection. The selected scholars receive an award that covers the entire tuition fees and airfare, along with maintenance and other allowances.

  1. Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships

Charles Wallace India Trust is a Charitable Trust set up in England, following an agreement between the Indian and British Governments. The trust is named after Charles Wallace, who was born in Calcutta, and lived, worked and flourished there. The trust provides many UK Scholarships for Indian mid and early career professionals to spend time in the UK, helping them to achieve artistic, academic and professional ambitions and to broaden their international contacts. Following UK scholarships are provided by the Charles Wallace India Trust:

UK Scholarships for Indian Students: Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships
Artistic Residencies 3-month residency for Indian Artists with airfare, accommodation and living expenses covered
Grants towards final year of Doctoral study in UK Modest grant – GBP 500-600 – to Indian students in the final stages of their doctorates in the arts, heritage conservation and the humanities
Short research and professional visits 10-15 grants of up to £1400  for short research or professional visits (2-3 weeks) by academic research scholars and professionals working in the arts, heritage conservation and the humanities
Visiting fellowships 10 fellowships of 2-3 months at specified host universities, for academics, writers and translators
Museology – Curating, Museum Conservation or Archaeology A placement in museology, archaeology, curating or conservation at the Victoria and Albert Museum, or other agreed institutions
Long term Awards 10 awards for study/work experience for up to 1-Year in the field of Arts, or Heritage Conservation

  1. Sir Ratan Tata Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Established in 1997 at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) in partnership with the Sir Ratan Tata Trust, this Fellowship gives an opportunity to Indian PhDs to carry out research in Social Science at the London School of Economics for a period of eight months. The Fellow is expected to finish a research paper of publishable quality during their stay and make a presentation at a seminar arranged by the LSE India Observatory. The Fellow will receive a monthly subsistence allowance of up to £1,500 a month, and will also be provided with shared workspace and access to research facilities at the School. Assistance will also be provided towards the cost of travel and related expenses.

  1. Hornby Scholarships

A.S. Hornby Educational Trust scholarships, or simply Hornby Scholarships are awarded each year to support English language teaching worldwide. These UK scholarships are awarded every year to English language teachers from outside the UK to study for a Master’s degree in English Language Teaching (ELT) at the University of Warwick. The scholarships fund all the study costs for a one-year MA TESOL course, including a monthly stipend to cover accommodation and living expenses, return air tickets, visa and IELTS test costs. Eligible applicants for the scholarship award must have at least two years’ full-time English language teaching experience and a University degree in English.

  1. Felix Scholarship

These UK Scholarships are offered to Indian students who wish to pursue a Master’s degree in the UK. Felix scholarships are offered at three universities – the University of Oxford, the University of Reading and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), part of the University of London.  The Scholarships are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic merit and financial need to academically gifted and underprivileged nationals of India.

  1. Rhodes Scholarships

Established in 1903, the Rhodes Scholarships are one of the most prestigious and respected scholarship programs in the world. Funded by the Rhodes Trust, the scholarship is only applicable for students studying at the University of Oxford. Candidates must have a first class degree in Humanities, Sciences, Law, Engineering, Agriculture or Medicine from an Indian university. The scholarship covers tuition and application fees for the University of Oxford, return airfare, and a handsome stipend for living expenses.

  1. Inlaks Scholarships

Set up by the Inlaks Shivadasani Foundation, the Inlaks Scholarships provide financial assistance to Indians below the age of 30 who wish to pursue studies overseas in the US or UK. The scholarship covers full tuition fees, travel and living expenses. Applicants must be graduates with a good first degree and must have received an offer letter from a university in the UK to study a master’s level course.

  1. Oxford and Cambridge Society of India Scholarship

These UK Scholarships are organized by the Oxford and Cambridge Society of India (OCSI), a not-for-profit alumni organisation based in New Delhi, India, and were established over 50 years ago. Indian students who wish to study for undergraduate, second undergraduate, graduate study, or research in any subject available at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, UK, can apply for the scholarship.

  1. Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships

Awarded by the Scottish Government in collaboration with Scottish Universities, these UK Scholarships give a chance to Indian students to study in Scotland, a country with world-leading universities and a long tradition of academic excellence. The scheme offers up to 50 awards, each worth £8000, towards tuition fees for any one year of full-time study on a postgraduate Masters programme at any of Scotland’s higher education institutions.

  1. The Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Established by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with a USD 210 million endowment, the largest ever single donation to a UK university, the Gates Cambridge Scholarships enable outstanding graduate students from all around the world to study at the University of Cambridge. The awardees are given full funding for postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge for the duration of the degrees. The award includes all tuition costs, a maintenance allowance, and a return economy airfare. These scholarships are open to any student outside of the UK.

  1. Chevening UK Government Scholarships

The Chevening Scholarship are UK government scholarships that enable students with leadership qualities from 144 countries and territories to undertake postgraduate study or courses in universities in the United Kingdom. Indian students too can benefit from the scheme to pursue post-graduate studies in the UK. Around 1500 UK Scholarships are offered annually under the scheme for all higher educational institutions in the UK and for all streams and subjects at the postgraduate level. The scholarship covers university tuition fees, a monthly living allowance, an economy class return airfare to the UK, and additional grants and allowances to cover essential expenditure.

  1. GREAT Scholarships by British Council

Organized by the British Council, GREAT Scholarship awards full-tuition scholarships to Indian students looking to pursue undergraduate or postgraduate studies at select universities in the UK. 25 of UK’s leading universities are included in the program where Indian students can pursue undergraduate or post-graduate studies. The scholarship is a full tuition scholarship awarded to selected students for one year of study only. Students will need to make arrangements for their living and other expenses on their own.

  1. University of East Anglia Scholarships

The University of East Anglia has a special scholarship program for all Indian full-time students of a Master’s course at the institution. The India Postgraduate (taught) Masters Scholarships are automatically awarded to all self-funded Post-graduate applicants from India. A sum of GBP 4000 is awarded to all Master’s students, along with an additional GBP 1000 to students who have achieved first class honours (70%+) in their graduate degree.

Applicants to the University of East Anglia can also benefit from the Vice Chancellors International Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships, which waive off 25% to 50% of the tuition fee for outstanding international applicants, who have been offered a place to study with UEA for an undergraduate program.

  1. Graduate Support Scheme (LSE)

The London School of Economics and Political Science, or LSE is the world’s leading educational institution dedicated to social sciences. International students from over 140 countries study at the institution. To cater to the financial needs of its students, LSE runs the Graduate Support Scheme, a need-based scholarship program to students who have been admitted to diploma and taught master’s programmes at the institution. Over GBP 3.2 million are awarded to students under the program, with each individual applicant receiving a financial aid of GBP 5000 to GBP 15000 depending on financial need.

  1. Lincoln India Scholarship (University of Lincoln)

Based in the city of Lincoln, England, the University of Lincoln is a public research university that offers special UK Scholarships to Indian students who wish to pursue a master’s course at the institution. High-achieving postgraduate students from across India who hold an offer from the University of Lincoln for a full-time postgraduate taught or Master’s by Research programme are eligible to apply for the scholarship. The scholarship is given as a reduction of tuition fees up to GBP 5000.

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