Studying in an overseas destination is a far-fetched dream for many aspiring Indian students and financial assistance is always a welcome relief as it eases the financial burden on students and their families. Scholarships are highly competitive and only a few students make the cut every year. Early application and adherence to the requirements of the university or the organization are some of the ways through which a student can get a scholarship.
Students can apply for a range of scholarships offered by the UK universities and colleges. Scholarships are based purely on merit, and can be partial or fully paid, depending on the criteria, course and the institution. Many scholarships and bursaries (a monetary award by an institution to individuals or groups of people who cannot afford to pay full fees) are also offered by the UK government and various private and public establishments as well. Students much check the criteria and the application closing date when applying to scholarships in the UK.
Who is eligible to apply for a scholarship?
A scholarship is awarded based on various criteria that usually reflect the values and purposes of the donor or the university. Excellence in academics is the primary criterion for obtaining a scholarship. Students with an aggregate of 70% and above can expect to receive grant and scholarships to pursue their education abroad.
Other factors include the chosen destination, subject and level for which the student is applying. Factors like extracurricular activities and volunteering can also be used to obtain financial aid.
Every scholarship has its own eligibility criteria. While some may require a mere application, others may require several conditions to be fulfilled. For instance, research-centric programs may require the submission of written assignments as well.
Certain private organizations offer scholarships for women in order to support and encourage them to pursue their careers. The other scholarship offered is the International Student Scholarship that can be obtained for that coveted overseas stint abroad.
What amount of money is available through scholarships?
Scholarships offered in the UK usually cover about 30% to 50% of the tuition fee. The amount of money available and the type of award varies from institution to institution. Certain research programs may provide up to 100% of the tuition fee besides covering a part of your living expenses as well. Government scholarships are sought-after more than university scholarships. Ideally, students should begin the process of applying for a scholarship 8-12 months before the start of their preferred intake begins.
Here’s an overview of some of the popular scholarships you can apply to as an Indian student
|S.No.||Name of the scholarship||Description|
|1||Chevening Scholarship||This initiative supports talented professionals who have shown prior leadership skills and exceptional performance in their respective fields. With Chevening, you can apply for a scholarship or fellowship, the selection of which is done by the high commission and British embassies.|
|2||Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship||The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK offers fellowships and scholarships to students from Commonwealth countries. Indian students applying for a master’s degree or a PhD in the UK can take advantage of this scholarship to fund their education. Under the scheme, there are scholarships available specifically for low and middle income countries that you can take advantage of.|
|3||GREAT Scholarship||Awarded by the British Council, this is a full tuition scholarship awarded to students applying to undergraduate and graduate programs with demonstrated academic excellence and leadership skills. Students with this award will be future ambassadors of ‘Study in the UK’ campaign.|
|4||Scotland Saltire Scholarships||The initiative awards 50 students for one-year full-time graduation program in the field of science, healthcare, technology and creative industries and renewable and clean energy.|
|5||Goa Education Trust Scholarships||In collaboration with British Council, this scholarship is awarded to students (under the age of 30) applying for one-year master’s degree in the UK.|
|6||Charles Wallace India Trust scholarships||CWIT enables Indians in the early to mid stages of their careers to spend time in the UK, helping them to achieve artistic, academic and professional ambitions and to broaden their international contacts.|
|7||Oxford India Centre Scholarship||The Centre provides funding for talented Indian graduate students who would otherwise not be able to take up their places at Oxford.|
|8||Education Grants by Tata Trusts||The Tata Trusts support deserving students and researchers in their quest for knowledge through initiatives such as research scholarships, loans, and travel grants.|
|9||Inlaks Scholarships||Inlaks Scholarships provide the opportunity to young people with exceptional talent in any field to broaden their horizons abroad and improve their skills to operate in society, thus making them a future vehicle of change in their communities. The scholarships are of two types: university courses and specific programs.|
Most British universities and colleges also have their own list of scholarships for Indian students. HURRAY is committed to helping our students get scholarships and financial aid. Send a mail to email@example.com to know more about the same.