Postgraduate scholarships for East Asian students
The ASEM-DUO Fellowship Programme
The ASEM-DUO Fellowship Programme grants fellowships to university students and teachers from China, Japan, Korea and Mongolia to support exchanges between Asia and the European Union in the tertiary education field. The UK is one of the participating countries. Check to see which UK institutions are involved.
The China Scholarship Council
The China Scholarship Council sponsors about 3,000 Chinese citizens annually to undertake studies or research in more than 80 countries or regions. Details of self-financed and state scholarship programmes, in English and Chinese, can be found on its website.
The Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards
The Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards were initiated in 2003 to bring outstanding students from India, China, Hong Kong, South Africa, Brazil, Russia and the developing world (as defined by the OECD) to come and study for PhDs in top-rated UK research facilities.
View this PDF of eligible countries to find out if you can apply (eligible countries are those in Part I of the list plus Russia and Hong Kong).
Go to the Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards web page for more information and to find out the individual recipient universities, and contact those universities to find out how to apply.
The EKF Scholarship Programme
The EKF Scholarship Programme supports outstanding students from both North and South Korea who wish to undertake their postgraduate studies in Europe. Awards cover living expenses and travel, but not tuition fees (although there are reductions at certain universities via specific partnership schemes).
European Union scholarships, grants and exchange programmes
European Union scholarships, grants and exchange programmes provide many opportunities for students from your region to come and study with participating UK institutions. These include:
Check to see which UK institutions participate, as not all will necessarily do so, and also whether your own country is involved if not specifically mentioned above.
The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program
The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program aims to promote to social justice, community development, and access to higher education by funding advanced study by exceptional individuals, often from backgrounds that have limited access to this kind of education, who will use this opportunity to become leaders in their fields.
Fellowships are for a maximum of two years’ study at master’s level at any university in the world in any academic area consistent with the aims of the Ford Foundation (which are indicated on the website). Selection will be on the basis of academic achievement, leadership potential and commitment to community service. Twenty-two countries around the world are currently involved in this scheme, including China.
Great Britain-China Educational Trust Grants
Great Britain-China Educational Trust Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are on offer to Chinese (from the People’s Republic, including Hong Kong) studying for a PhD in any subject. The Trustees give priority to applications where the bulk of funding has already been raised. The Trustees will not consider applications from undergraduates or from students requiring funding for the first year of an MPhil/PhD or a postgraduate taught course (MA, MBA etc).
Japan Foundation scholarships
Japan Foundation scholarships have the aim of promoting international cultural exchange between Japan and other countries.
The Li Po Chun Trust Overseas Postgraduate Study Scholarship
The Li Po Chun Trust Overseas Postgraduate Study Scholarship is a two-year award worth up to HK$120,000 a year aimed at Hong Kong students wanting to undertake overseas postgraduate study.
Rhodes Scholarships were set up by Cecil Rhodes over a hundred years ago with the aim of fostering understanding between the English-speaking countries of the world and other select countries by encouraging the best postgraduate students from these countries to study at the University of Oxford.
There are no restrictions on the subjects to be studied. Each Scholarship covers University and college fees and a stipend for living expenses, and may be held for a maximum of three years. One is available each year to students from Hong Kong.
Saltire Scholarships are funded by the Scottish Government to encourage international postgraduate students from certain countries to come and study at higher-education institutions in Scotland. Each is a one-off award of £2,000 towards tuition fees for a full-time master’s-level course (but not PhDs) in a wide range of subjects. Two hundred are awarded each year on the basis of merit and academic achievement. Chinese citizens are among those eligible.
Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowships
Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowships are awarded to outstanding Hong Kong students undertaking overseas postgraduate studies. Lasting one year, they are worth up to HK$283,000. Recipients are expected to contribute significantly to the development of Hong Kong on completion of their studies.