Working While Studying in the UK
Various Commonwealth scholarships are available for studying Masters and PhD degree courses for citizens of Commonwealth countries. Scholarship scheme is funded and managed by by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Universities may have different number of allotted Commonwealth scholarships and they may be subject specific.
Commonwealth Scholarships covers the travel cost of return home and UK, and pays full tuition fee of your program and a living stipend per month. Additionally grants towards study travel, thesis binding and 10 Kg of excess baggage books are also available for returning students at the end of their education.
Following Scholarships and Fellowships are available for students from developing commonwealth countries.
Scholarships for Master’s, PhD, or split-site (PhD) study
Shared Scholarships – Master’s Degree Education at selected UK universities
Distance Learning Scholarships – Master’s Degree Education in Your Home Country
Academic Fellowships – For mid-career academic professionals to spend time at UK universities
Professional Fellowships – For mid-career professionals to spend time at a UK host organization
-British Chevening Scholarships
Chevening Scholarship is one of the most popular program for international students to study in UK. This is funded by UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner institutions. Total 116 countries are included in this scholarship program [Not including USA and EU countries]. Each year total number of available scholarships varies in each country but this is one of main scholarships to be applied by international students.
Scholarship may cover full or partial tuition fees and living expenses at the postgraduate degree level program. Most of the scholarships are available for the Master’s degree programs in prestigious UK institutions.
One of the most important thing for students to remember is application deadline. Students must keep an eye on its application deadline in their country a year in advance. Students must keep checking Chevening scholarships website. Because there are not many scholarships available for international students in UK and missing this deadline would not be less than a SIN.
One of the most important quality this scholarship looks for is leadership qualities. You must demonstrate leadership potential in your application and CV.
Scholarship is generally looking for highly talented students from around the world who have show qualities of potential future leaders across a wide range of fields; including politics, business, the media, civil society, religion, and academia.
-British Council Scholarships
Many of the scholarships are also offered via British Council in various countries with the support of many organizations. Scholarships are offered at the postgraduate education level at the UK universities and institutions. However not all will be fully paid scholarships. Some of them will only be available as partial tuition fees scholarships. Partial scholarships may not look great but it will certainly help if you go to study on self funded. Then later you will also have opportunity apply for other scholarships to cover the cost. Many students go on partial scholarships but cover the rest of the cost by part time jobs.
-Rhodes Scholarships Oxford University
Oxford University, UK, offers a variety of scholarships to incoming international students each year. Rhodes scholarships can be awarded to study at the Oxford University. Total 83 scholarships are offered each year from 14 countries.
Rhodes scholarship is looking for outstanding young students from diverse background who show strong potential to be a future. This scholarship is available for various subjects but only for full-time postgraduate degree courses at the university.
-Royal Society Fellowships
The Royal Society, UK, provides support to UK scientific community to promote collaboration between UK and international research scientists. To be successful in Royal Society Grant schemes candidates have to demonstrate academic merit and excellent scientific record.
Royal Society Website
-UNESCO Fellowships for Women
UNESCO with L’Oréal offer scholarships for international women students to study in UK and Ireland. This funding opportunity is made avabilable by the L’Oréal UK & Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, and Royal Society.
Primary objective of these fellowships to promote contribution of women in their research careers in UK and Ireland. These fellowships are only available at the postdoctoral level in the field of life and physical sciences.
-World Bank Scholarships for Developing Countries
World Bank offers various scholarships and fellowships to assist high caliber international students from the world’s poorest countries. There are scholarships available for mid career professionals to study graduate and postgraduate courses which leads to masters and phd degrees in development related fields.
-Cambridge International Scholarship Scheme (CISS)
The University of Cambridge will offer, via the Cambridge Trusts, approximately 80 Cambridge International Scholarships to Overseas Students who embark on a research course in the next academical year. The awards will be made on a competitive basis to those applicants considered by their departments to be the most outstanding.
-World Council of Churches Scholarships
The WCC scholarships programme is an ecumenical resource sharing tool that seeks to accompany the member churches of WCC and related church organizations in the development of their human resources.
As part of the WCC Programme "Justice, Diakonia and Responsibility for Creation", its primary purpose is to help member churches develop their human resources for diakonia and development-related work, generally understood as social ministries serving the wider community beyond the local or national Christian communities/congregations.
At present, the WCC scholarships programme is only able to accompany the member churches and related church organizations by contributing financial resources as they seek to train women and men, lay and ordained individuals at a postgraduate degree level.
Scholarships are also available for group training initiatives for developing “multipliers” or “trainers” in a particular field to enable them to transmit the acquired knowledge and skills to others.
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