The UK remains one of the best places to attend university in the world. From its prestigious Russell Group to institutions older than certain countries, it consistently ranks high in the global university league tables. It’s also one of the most popular choices for international students and offers a variety of highly valued scholarships that have turned out world leaders, figures in the arts and popular culture and influential individuals from all over the world. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most prestigious scholarships available which can not only help with financial aid but put you ahead of others when it comes to your post-graduation life.
Used by thousands of students each year, these scholarships are available to any student living in one of the 53 Commonwealth nations and are funded by the Department for International Development. Generally, these scholarships are not available at undergraduate level but are instead for one year Masters programmes or Doctoral research degrees that last for three to four years. Ranging in topics from engineering to humanities and social sciences, these scholarships not only cover your tuition fees but also your travel and accommodation costs and any other living costs that may arise.
Considered particularly impressive in the world of academia, a Rhodes scholarship is offered to students studying at postgraduate level hoping to attend the University of Oxford. This particular scholarship is designed for ‘exceptional’ students and so can be tougher to obtain, but is well worth it if you are successful. Students from all over the world can apply for this scholarship and previous Rhodes scholars include former US President Bill Clinton, journalist Rachel Maddow and film director Terrance Malik.
The Fulbright Scholarship is specifically for students from the United States hoping to study in the UK and gives financial support to any American students wanting to study at one of the United Kingdom’s prestigious institutions, including UCL, LSE and St Andrews. Merit-based, programmes are usually associated with certain universities and open to postgraduate students and doctoral candidates with exceptional skills in their area of study.
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