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Administered by the British Council, the GREAT Scholarship programme offers funding to international students from several countries to study a taught Masters at selected UK universities. Each scholarship is worth at least £10,000 and is intended to cover the tuition fees for a postgraduate degree.
Prospective postgraduates from the following countries can apply for a GREAT Scholarship: Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
This page will give you an overview of the GREAT Scholarship programme, explaining the eligibility criteria and application process.
The GREAT Scholarship programme is a joint initiative by the British Council and the UK Government, designed to attract some of the brightest postgraduates from around the world to study at UK universities.
In 2021, there are 161 GREAT Scholarships available for Masters degrees starting in the 2021-22 academic year at more than 40 British universities:
These Masters scholarships are worth a minimum of £10,000, with some worth up to £25,000. The funding must be put towards the tuition fees of a one-year postgraduate, taught degree (such as an MA or MSc). If your tuition fees are lower than the scholarship amount, you can’t use the remainder for living costs.
You can find out how many scholarships are available for your country and at which British universities by checking out the table below:
|Anglia Ruskin University||China, Egypt, Kenya|
|Bangor University||Malaysia, Thailand|
|University of Bath||India, Mexico, Pakistan|
|Birmingham City University||Malaysia, Thailand|
|Bishop Grosseteste University||China, India|
|Bournemouth University||Bangladesh, China, Ghana, Thailand|
|University of Bristol||Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia|
|University of Cambridge||India, Indonesia, Kenya, Pakistan|
|Cranfield University||China, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka|
|University of Derby||China, India|
|University of Dundee||China, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kenya|
|University of East Anglia||China, Egypt, India, Nepal|
|University of Edinburgh||India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka|
|Edinburgh Napier University||India, Pakistan|
|University of Essex||Bangladesh, China, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand|
|University of Exeter||China, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico|
|University of Glasgow||Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Malaysia, Mexico|
|Goldsmiths, University of London||China, India|
|University of Greenwich||Indonesia|
|University of Hull||India, Pakistan, Thailand|
|Imperial College London||India, Indonesia|
|Keele University||China, India|
|University of Kent||China, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Thailand|
|University of Manchester||China, India|
|Newcastle University||China, India, Malaysia|
|University of Northampton||Bangladesh, China, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka|
|University of Nottingham||China, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan|
|Nottingham Trent University||China, India|
|Oxford Brookes University||China, Malaysia|
|University of Reading||Bangladesh, China, Ghana, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Sri Lanka|
|Robert Gordon University||India, Pakistan|
|Royal Academy of Music||China, Indonesia|
|Royal Agricultural University||India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico|
|Sheffield Hallam University||India, Indonesia, Thailand|
|University of South Wales||Pakistan|
|University of Stirling||China, Indonesia, Thailand|
|Teesside University||Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand|
|Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance||China, India, Mexico|
|Ulster University||India, Indonesia|
|University College London||Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Kenya, Thailand|
|University of Warwick||Egypt, Ghana, India, Pakistan|
|University of York||Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka|
Each university has different course criteria for the scholarship. You’ll find that scholarships at some institutions have no restrictions on what you study, while other universities will target postgraduates in particular disciplines.
To be eligible for apply for a British Council GREAT Scholarship in 2021, you’ll need to satisfy the following entry criteria:
Successful scholarship applicants will also need to show that they’re willing to become an ambassador for the UK higher education sector and attend a networking event for GREAT scholars.
You should first apply for an eligible Masters course at a university that’s taking part in the GREAT Scholarship programme.
When you’ve received an offer, you can apply for the scholarship from the university themselves (not the British Council).
Each institution has its own procedure for handling applications, but in general you’ll need to provide the following documents via an online form on the university website:
Deadlines vary widely according to the university, ranging from late March to early June. Be sure to check the dates carefully before beginning a funding application.
Last updated - 03/11/2020