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UK Scholarships for Indian Students- Apply Here!

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UK has always been a popular study destination for Indian students, primarily for its advanced education system. Since pursuing higher education in the UK can be expensive, the country also provides a wide range of university-based, government and private scholarships for Indian students. Read the blog to learn about such scholarship options.

UK Scholarships for Indian Students .webpStudying abroad is becoming a growing trend among Indian students as the opportunity not only allows them to explore modern and advanced education options but also provides culturally enriching experience. Among the popular study destinations, the United Kingdom (UK) is particularly renowned for its excellent academic standards. However, the financial aspects associated with studying abroad can be a potential deterrent.

To counter these financial constraints and attract bright students from diverse backgrounds, numerous academic institutions and organisations in UK offer a range of scholarships specifically designed for Indian students.

Continue reading the blog to explore some of these scholarships.

Intakes for Scholarships in UK are:

Type of IntakeDuration
Autumn/Fall IntakeSeptember to December
Spring IntakeJanuary to April
Summer IntakeApril to June

Scholarships for Indian Students to Study in UK

British Chevening Scholarships for International Scholarships

The Chevening Scholarship is among the most prestigious scholarships for Indian students covering a wide variety of fields; including politics, government, civil society, business, the media, the environment, religion, and academia.

Sponsored by the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the scholarship covers more than 12,000 courses within 150 universities. It covers the cost of tuition fees, a living allowance, and return flights to the UK. To qualify, students must have a strong academic background and a potential for leadership.

Who is Eligible?
To apply for a Chevening Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country or territory
  • Be a holder of an undergraduate degree
  • Have at least two years of work experience
  • Meet the English language requirement.

A.S Hornby Educational Trust Scholarship
The A.S. Hornby Educational Trust Scholarships are awarded to international English language teachers to help them study in the United Kingdom. Established in 1961 by A.S. Hornby, the trust provides scholarships for a one-year Master in English Language Teaching (ELT) at the University of Warwick.

In collaboration with the British Council, the scholarship supports teachers committed to the practical development of English language teaching in their home countries.

Who is Eligible?
The A.S. Hornby Educational Trust Scholarships are awarded to individuals meeting the following eligibility criteria:

  • They must have at least two years of full-time English language teaching experience
  • They should hold an undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognised university
  • They must have a full university degree in English

Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree Scholarship
The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Degree (EMJMD) scholarship is a prestigious international study program covering a wide range of subjects, from health sciences, engineering, and information technology to social sciences, economics, humanities and more.

Erasmus Mundus provides scholarships to students wishing to pursue a joint master’s degree from any college affiliated with the Erasmus Mundus program. The EMJMDs receive support from the Erasmus+ program of the European Union, aiming to enhance quality in higher education and promote cross-cultural understanding through study and research in various fields.

Who is Eligible?
EMJMD scholarships are open to students from around the world. To apply for an EMJMD scholarship students must:
•    Hold a first higher education degree (Bachelor’s degree)

Rhodes Scholarship
Established in 1902, the Rhodes Scholarship is among the world’s oldest and most esteemed international scholarship programs, enabling outstanding young people from across the world to study at the University of Oxford, the scholarship includes a complete tuition fee, health insurance, and one economy-class flight ticket to the home country.

Who is Eligible?
While the specific eligibility criteria may differ from country to country, the following are the general requirements to be eligible for a Rhodes Scholarship:

  • Candidate must be between 18 and 28 years of age
  • Citizenship or legal residency in an eligible Rhodes Scholarship country
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree with a great academic record

Felix Scholarships
The Felix Scholarship aim to facilitate high-quality postgraduate education for gifted students from developing countries, including India, at leading UK higher education institutions. Established in 1991 by philanthropist Sir Michael Moritz and his wife Harriet Heyman, the scheme aims to support underprivileged individuals who would otherwise be unable to study in the UK.

Who is Eligible?
The Felix Scholarships are open to students from India and other developing countries fulfilling the following eligibility criteria:

  • They must be a citizen and be living and working in a developing country
  • They must be holder of a first-class Bachelor's degree
  • Candidates are expected to demonstrate financial need and must be able to demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to support any additional costs above and beyond the scholarship award

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
First established in 1959, these are one of the most renowned scholarships in the UK, where the governments of over 50 Commonwealth Countries offer scholarships to candidates from the Commonwealth Nations. Till now, over 30,000 students have benefited from this meritorious scholarship in the country.

Who is Eligible?
To apply for the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan, candidates must be:

  • Below 40 years of age
  • A resident of India
  • Appear for a personal interview in New Delhi

Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships
Named after India’s former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, the scholarships are awarded to talented Indian students wishing to pursue doctoral studies at St John's College, Cambridge, UK, in the fields of Science & Technology, Economics, and Social Sciences. The scholarship includes a university composition fee at the overseas rate, a monthly stipend sufficient for a single student, and return economy air travel from India to the UK.

Who is eligible?
Eligibility criteria may include:

  • The applicant should be an Indian national
  • The applicant should be below 35 years of age as of 31st December in the year of application
  • The applicant should hold a Master's (postgraduate) degree from a reputed/recognised India university/institution with a first-class award in the relevant subject/field

Inlaks Scholarships
The Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation provides opportunities to young people with exceptional talent in the forms of scholarships, grants and awards. These are awarded to outstanding young Indians to enable them to develop their artistic, scientific, professional, and cultural abilities abroad and in India. The scholarship funding covers the program's tuition fee, living expenses, healthcare, and one-way airfare for the scholars.

Who is eligible?

  • Candidates must be below 30 years of age
  • Candidates should hold a first-class degree from a recognised institution in India
  • The scholarships are open to all Indian citizens who are resident in India

PhD Scholarships for Indian Students in the UK

Apart from the major study in UK scholarships mentioned above, some of the popular PhD Scholarships for Indian students in the UK are:

  • The Royal Society Grants
  • Carnegie PhD Scholarships
  • Saltire Scholarships
  • Euraxess UK Scholarships
  • Goa Education Trust Scholarships
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship
  • The Newton-Bhabha Fund
  • Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships
  • Imperial College London President’s PhD Scholarships
  • Commonwealth Scholarships for Developing Commonwealth Countries
  • Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities

Scholarship for Masters in UK for Indian Students

Many colleges in the UK provide scholarships for pursuing a master’s degree, here are the popular ones offered by our partner universities:

  • Marshall Scholarships
  • CastleSmart Scholarships
  • University of Edinburgh Global Scholarships
  • University of Reading Master’s Scholarship
  • Cardiff University Elite International Scholarships
  • Clarendon Scholarships by the University of Oxford
  • Queen’s University Belfast International Scholarships

What to Keep in Mind Before Applying for a Scholarship?

While applying for scholarships, students should check their eligibility for each scholarship and pay attention to the application process and deadlines. While there are some scholarships that require separate applications, others automatically consider students when they apply for their chosen course.

Studying in the UK is certainly a life-changing experience for students, and scholarships make this opportunity accessible to a larger number of Indian students. These scholarships financially support students, recognise their academic achievements, encourage their intellectual growth, and often provide a platform to forge lasting international networks.

So, if you are an Indian student with dreams of studying in the UK, now is the perfect time to start researching these scholarships and embark on an enriching educational journey.


Many scholarships are available for Indian students in the UK, including the British Chevening Scholarships, Joint Master's Degree Scholarship, the Erasmus Mundus, the Rhodes Scholarship, the A.S Hornby Educational Trust Scholarships, the Felix Scholarships, and the Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships, among others.
The eligibility criteria for every scholarship depend on many factors. Generally, students need to be Indian citizens, have a strong academic record and meet the scholarship requirements, such as a specific field of study, level of study, or financial need.
While most scholarships cover tuition fees, many also cover living expenses, airfares to and from the UK, and sometimes additional costs like books, research, or health insurance.
Since each scholarship has its application process, students are advised to check all the necessary details with their study abroad counsellor or contact the scholarship provider for the most accurate and up-to-date information. Generally, the application process involves an online application form, academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, a personal statement or essay, and sometimes an interview.
A student can generally apply for multiple scholarships simultaneously after carefully checking and verifying each scholarship's specific terms and conditions.

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