GREAT Scholarships from the British Council – A Guide for 2020
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GREAT Scholarships from the British Council – A Guide for 2020

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: China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Turkey and Malaysia.

This page will give you an overview of the GREAT Scholarship programme, explaining the eligibility criteria and application process.

What are the GREAT Scholarships?

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 2020, there are 99 GREAT Scholarships available for Masters degrees starting in the 2020-21 academic year at more than 30 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:


GREAT Scholarships
University Countries
Anglia Ruskin University China, Thailand, Turkey
Arts University Bournemouth Turkey
Bangor University China, Thailand
University of Bath China, India, Turkey
University of Bradford China, Indonesia
University of Bristol Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia
University of Buckingham China
University of Cambridge China, Indonesia, Malaysia
Cranfield University Turkey
University of Derby China, Thailand
University of Dundee China, Indonesia
University of Durham Thailand
University of East Anglia China, India, Turkey
University of Edinburgh China
University of Glasgow China, Indonesia
Heriot-Watt University China
Imperial College London India, Indonesia, Turkey
Keele University China
University of Kent China, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Turkey
University of Leeds Indonesia, Malaysia
University of Manchester China, Malaysia
Newcastle University China, India, Turkey
University of Nottingham China, India, Indonesia
Nottingham Trent University China, Indonesia, Turkey
Oxford Brookes University China, Thailand
University of Reading China, India
Robert Gordon University China, India
Sheffield Hallam University India, Indonesia, Malaysia
Solent University China
University of South Wales China, Thailand
Staffordshire University Malaysia
University of Stirling Indonesia, Turkey
University of Sussex Thailand, Turkey
Teesside University China, Thailand
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance China, India, Turkey
Ulster University China, Indonesia, Malaysia
University of Warwick India, Indonesia, Thailand
University of York China, Indonesia, Turkey

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.

Who is eligible to apply for a GREAT Scholarship?

To be eligible for apply for a British Council GREAT Scholarship in 2020, you’ll need to satisfy the following entry criteria:

  • You hold a passport from an eligible country (China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Turkey or Malaysia)
  • You’re planning to study a taught Masters that begins in September 2020
  • You have a suitable Bachelors degree
  • You have a background of extracurricular activities relating to your chosen subject area

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.

How can I apply for a GREAT Scholarship?

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:

  • Details of your academic achievements and results
  • A personal statement with information on your motivations and goals
  • Relevant extracurricular experience

Deadlines vary widely according to the university, ranging from late March to late May. Be sure to check the dates carefully before beginning a funding application.

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Last updated - 28/04/2020

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