GREAT Scholarships from the British Council – A Guide for 2024
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GREAT Scholarships from the British Council – A Guide for 2024

Written by Ben Taylor

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 in the UK: Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Turkey, Thailand and Vietnam.

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 2024, there are 210 GREAT Scholarships available for Masters degrees starting in the 2024-25 academic year at dozens of British universities

These Masters scholarships are worth a minimum of £10,000. 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 below:

GREAT Scholarships Bangladesh

GREAT scholarships for students in Bangladesh are available at these British universities:

  • City, University of London
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Keele University
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • The University of Manchester
  • Ulster University
  • University College London
  • University of Dundee
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Gloucestershire
  • University of Hull
  • University of the West of England
  • University of Warwick

GREAT Scholarships China

GREAT scholarships for students in China are availible at these British universities:

  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Buckinghamshire New University
  • Cardiff University
  • City, University of London
  • Hartpury University
  • JCA London Fashion Academy
  • Liverpool Hope University
  • Loughborough University
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
  • University of Bath
  • University of Badford
  • University of Chichester
  • University of Essex
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Kent
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Sussex
  • University of the West of England
  • University of York

GREAT Scholarships Egypt

GREAT scholarships for students in Egypt are availible at these British universities:

  • Abertay University
  • Buckinghamshire New University
  • Cardiff University
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Teesside University
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Westminster

GREAT Scholarships Ghana

GREAT scholarships for students in Ghana are availible at these British universities:

  • Edge Hill University
  • Imperial College London
  • Keele University
  • Robert Gordon University
  • University of Edinburgh
  • The University of Manchester
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Derby
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Kent
  • University of Plymouth
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of Warwick

GREAT Scholarships India

GREAT scholarships for students in India are availible at these British universities:

  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Aston University
  • Guildhall School of Music and Dance
  • Hartpury University
  • JCA London Fashion Academy
  • Norwich University of the Arts
  • Queen's University Belfast
  • Robert Gordon University
  • Royal College of Art
  • Royal Northern College of Music
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
  • University College London
  • University of Bath
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Chichester
  • University of Derby
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Kent
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of the West of England
  • The University of St Andrews

GREAT Scholarships Indonesia

GREAT scholarships for students in Indonesia are availible at these British universities:

  • Bournemouth University
  • Kingston University London
  • Lancaster University
  • Liverpool Hope University
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Newcastle University
  • Teesside University
  • Ulster University
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Sussex
  • University of Westminster

GREAT Scholarships Kenya

GREAT scholarships for students in Kenya are availible at these British universities:

  • Abertay University
  • Arts University Bournemouth
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Keele University
  • Lancaster University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Ulster University
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Hull
  • University of Kent
  • University of Plymouth
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Westminster
  • University of Warwick

GREAT Scholarships Malaysia

GREAT scholarships for students in Malaysia are availible at these British universities:

  • Arts University Bournemouth
  • Brunel University London
  • Imperial College London
  • King's Business School
  • Lancaster University
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
  • University College London
  • University of Bath
  • University of Essex
  • University of Sheffield
  • The University of St Andrews
  • University of Westminster

GREAT Scholarships Mexico

GREAT scholarships for students in Mexico are availible at these British universities:

  • Edge Hill University
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  • Imperial college London
  • The University of Manchester
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Sussex

GREAT Scholarships Nigeria

GREAT scholarships for students in Nigeria are availible at these British universities:

  • City, University of London
  • Edge Hill University
  • Keele University
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • royal College of Art
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • The University of Manchester
  • University College London
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Derby
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Warwick
  • University of York

GREAT Scholarships Pakistan

GREAT scholarships for students in Pakistan are availible at these British universities:

  • Aston University
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • King's Business School
  • Lancaster University
  • Loughborough University
  • Newcastle University
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Robert Gordon University
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Teesside University
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Dundee
  • University of Essex
  • University of Gloucestershire
  • University of Reading
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of Warwick
  • University of York

GREAT Scholarships Turkey

GREAT scholarships for students in Turkey are availible at these British universities:

  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Brunel University London
  • Cardiff University
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Loughborough University
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Hull
  • University of Kent
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Nottingham

GREAT Scholarships Thailand

GREAT scholarships for students in Thailand are availible at these British universities:

  • Abertay University
  • Bournemouth University
  • Brunel University London
  • JCA London Fashion Academy
  • Kingston University London
  • Middlesex University, London
  • Royal College of Art
  • Royal Northern College of Music
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Swansea University
  • University of Chichester
  • University of Essex
  • University of Kent
  • University of Plymouth
  • University of Reading
  • University of York

GREAT Scholarships Vietnam

GREAT scholarships for students in Vietnam are availible at these British universities:

  • Aston University
  • Edge Hill University
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Hull
  • University of Nottingham

Each university has different course criteria for the GREAT 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.

GREAT Scholarships for Justice and Law

A new addition to the GREAT Scholarship scheme, this funding is aimed at international students who want to study a Masters in Law, Justice or Human Rights. The GREAT Scholarships for Justice and Law are offered in partnership with the UK’s Ministry for Justice.

There are 20 scholarships available for students beginning a relevant Masters in 2024-25 from the following countries:

  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Thailand

GREAT Scholarships for Science and Technology

Another addition is the GREAT Scholarship scheme for Science and Technology. Students can apply for a range of science and technology-related courses offered by participating universities in the UK.

There are multiple scholarships available for students beginning a relevant Masters in 2024-25 from the following countries:

  • Bangladesh
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Thailand

Who is eligible to apply for a GREAT Scholarship?

To be eligible for apply for a British Council GREAT Scholarship in 2023, you’ll need to satisfy the following entry criteria:

  • You hold a passport from an eligible country
  • You’re planning to study a taught Masters that begins in 2024-25
  • 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 early June. Be sure to check the dates carefully before beginning a funding application.

Search for a Masters

Ready to find a Masters for your GREAT Scholarship? There are plenty of eligible postgraduate courses listed on our website. Alternatively, our guide to international Masters funding in the UK has lots more scholarship inspiration for you.



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Last updated: 15 November 2023