Postgraduate scholarships for South Asian students
The following postgraduate scholarships are offered to postgraduate students from countries in South Asia applying to study in the UK. There are also a number of scholarships available to all international postgraduate students.
Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarships
Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students from developing countries who have no other means of financing their postgraduate studies (mainly master’s, although PhD programmes may be considered).
Awarded on a 50% grant, 50% loan basis, each scholarship covers fees and living costs only, not travel. The award is open to citizens of countries where the Foundation has branches, affiliates or other AKDN agencies (currently Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan in your region).
The ASEM-DUO Fellowship Programme
The ASEM-DUO Fellowship Programme grants fellowships to university students and teachers from India and Pakistan 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 British Council
The British Council often offers or administers scholarships aimed at students from specific countries or regions in partnership with important organisations and bodies in the UK or in the countries where it has a presence.
In South Asia, these include:
- the Hornby Educational Trust Scholarship (in collaboration with the Hornby Trust), which is open to students from Afghanistan and Bangladesh (among certain countries) for study in the UK for a one-year full-time master’s in an English language teaching (ELT)-related subject
- the Sir Ratan Tata Scholarships (in collaboration with the Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Mumbai), which is awarded to Indian citizens for one year’s study at master’s level in the UK in the field of development studies
- the De Souza Trust Goa Scholarships (in collaboration with the estate of Mr Diego Frank de Souza), which is open to students of Goan origin for study or training in the UK in a wide range of areas.
The Charles Wallace Trusts
The Charles Wallace Trusts offers awards to help citizens of the four countries that make up the former British India. Funding is available for Indians working in arts, heritage conservation and humanities at the beginning or in the middle of their careers to spend time in the UK to help meet their goals.
Awards, fellowships and grants towards studies, including the penultimate or final year of doctoral studies at a UK university, are on offer. Financial help is also given to Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals to pursue postgraduate study and professional development in the United Kingdom, including doctoral bursaries for PhD students in their final year or anticipating their final year who need additional funding to help them finish.
The Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships
The Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships are to enable academically outstanding postgraduate Indian students to undertake doctoral study at St John’s College, University of Cambridge in such subjects as science and technology, economics and social sciences – aerospace engineering and energy studies in particular. Each scholarship will cover the cost of academic fees and travel, and provide a monthly stipend to cover living costs.
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:
- Erasmus Mundus, which is a complementary programme that funds the movement of higher-education student and teaching staff between European universities and universities in specific third countries
- Marie Curie Research Fellowships, which are on offer to researchers of any nationality operating in all scientific and technological fields in order to encourage excellence in European research.
Check to see which UK institutions participate, as not all will necessarily do so, and also whether your own country is involved.
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 India.
The Inlaks Foundation
The Inlaks Foundation awards scholarships to Indian citizens who are under 30, have a good first degree from a recognised institution in India, are resident in India, and have prior admission to the course and institution chosen.
There are two types of scholarship: for university courses and for specific programmes chosen by the applicant. Scholarships for university courses will be for up to two years’ study at top American, European and UK institutions for degrees in all subjects other than engineering, computer science, urban planning, business studies, medicine, public health, Indian studies and history.
The Foundation also provides the Inlaks Research Travel Grant to registered PhD students at Indian universities to help them undertake short-term visits to universities abroad as part of their research.
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. Five are available each year to Indian students and one to Pakistani students.
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. Citizens of India are among those eligible.