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External sources of funding

In addition to scholarships that Royal Holloway offers to international students there are also external organisations that offer full or partial funding in the form of scholarships, grants or loans. These are listed according to continent and country. Please read through the information on the organisation's website carefully, as it is the responsibility of the applicant to check the eligibility criteria, deadline and any other relevant information before applying for funding. Any questions regarding these sources of funding need to be directed to the awarding organisation. 

Africa

Various countries

Africa Educational Trust scholarships|

The Africa Educational Trust is a UK registered charity that has been helping African students in the UK since 1958. Each grant and scholarship programme has specific eligibility criteria and students should only apply to those programmes for which they are eligible. 

Southern Africa- Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe

The Canon Collins Educational Trust for Southern Africa|

The Trust runs scholarship programmes in the UK and South Africa.

Egypt

Citadel Capital Scholarship Foundation scholarships|

The Citadel Capital Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2007 and awards scholarships to talented and promising young  Egyptians to study Masters or PhD programmes in any field of study abroad. 

Malawi

The Canon Collins Educational Trust for Southern Africa|

The Trust runs scholarship programmes in the UK and South Africa.

Beit Trust scholarships|

The Beit Trust offers a small number of scholarships to graduates who are domiciled in Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe to pursue postgraduate studies or research abroad in a field of their choice appropriate to the needs of the beneficial area. Scholarships are usually awarded for a maximum of three years at the discretion of the Trustees. 

Nigeria

Petroleum Technology Development Fund|

The PTDF offers scholarships to prospective Masters and PhD students in certain streams and research areas of Geology. Please check their website for a list of the eligible courses and research areas. 

South Africa

The Canon Collins Educational Trust for Southern Africa|

The Trust runs scholarship programmes in the UK and South Africa.

Commonwealth Nassau Fellowship|

The Commonwealth Nassau Fellowship is a scheme for non-white South Africans to study in Britain. Preference is given to postgraduate students who have not already obtained a first degree. 

Sudan

Gordon Memorial College Trust Fund|

Funding is available to students wishing to pursue postgraduate studies in the UK. Preference is given to students who are already enrolled on a programme in the UK, but applicants new to their programme of study will also be considered. Grants are only made for one year at a time, and preference will be given to those students who intend returning to the Sudan/ South Sudan after completion of their programme.

Zambia

The Canon Collins Educational Trust for Southern Africa|

The Trust runs scholarship programmes in the UK and South Africa.

.Beit Trust scholarships|

The Beit Trust offers a small number of scholarships to graduates who are domiciled in Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe to pursue postgraduate studies or research abroad in a field of their choice appropriate to the needs of the beneficial area. Scholarships are usually awarded for a maximum of three years at the discretion of Trustees. 

Zimbabwe

The Canon Collins Educational Trust for Southern Africa|

The Trust runs scholarship programmes in the UK and South Africa.

Beit Trust scholarships|

The Beit Trust offers a small number of scholarships to graduates who are domiciled in Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe to pursue postgraduate studies or research abroad in a field of their choice appropriate to the needs of the beneficial area. Scholarships are usually awarded for a maximum of three years at the discretion of Trustees.

Asia

Azerbaijan

State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic Scholarship Programme|

Scholarships are available for undergraduate and Masters programmes. Please check the organisation's website for a list of the eligible fields of study. 

Bangladesh

Charles Wallace Bangladesh Trust|

Awards are granted, twice a year in May and November, to doctoral students already in the UK who are normally in the final year, or anticipating the final year, of their PhDs, and who need additional funding to help them complete their studies. The maximum grant will be £1,500.

Burma

Charles Wallace Burma Trust|

Bursaries are awarded in May and November to students undertaking or about to undertake a Masters or PhD programme. A maximum amount of £1,500 is awarded. Visiting fellowships are also available to at least two Burmese professionals to undertake short visits to the UK to broaden their professional knowledge, skills and contacts. 

China

Great Britain-China Educational Trust|

Awards are available up to a maximum of £3,000 to Chinese students from the PRC including Hong Kong who have already started at least their third year of a PhD in any field. No applications from first or second year PhD students, undergraduates or Masters students will be accepted.

Sino-British Fellowship Scholarship Scheme

Awards are available for advanced short-term studies of a practical nature in scientific, technological, medical and educational fields. Apply to:

Sino-British Fellowship Trust, C/O Coutts and Co Bankers, 440 Strand, London, WC2R 0QS

Sino-British Friendship Scholarship Scheme

The Scheme helps to fund postgraduate study either for PhD awards or research attachments in science, technology, medicine, humanities and social studies. The scholarship covers fees in the UK for three years plus air fares. Apply to:

The Cultural Section of the British Embassy in Beijing, or to:

The British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, London, SW1

Croucher Foundation Scholarships and Research Studentships|

The awards are aimed at permanent residents of Hong Kong who have already started or who will be starting a full time PhD in natural science, medicine or technology and who have achieved a First Class Honours in their first degree. They are tenable for up to the third year of PhD studies.

Li Po Chun Trust Overseas Postgraduate Study Scholarship|

Awards are available to Hong Kong residents who have resided in Hong Kong continuously for at least seven years and who are either holders of a degree from  a university in Hong Kong or a recognised equivalent qualification, with substantial practical working experience in the relevant field of study and who wish to pursue postgraduate studies abroad. The award is usually tenable for a maximum period of 2 years.

Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowships for Overseas Studies|

The fellowships aim to finance outstanding Hong Kong students for postgraduate studies abroad. Prospective applicants have to be permanent residents of Hong Kong and have received at least seven years of continuous education in Hong Kong, including a good Honours degree from a university in Hong Kong or an equivalent qualification.

Sir Robert Black Trust Fund Scholarships|

Awards are available to individuals who have resided in Hong Kong for at least five years to pursue postgraduate studies locally or abroad. Recipients are expected to return to and work in Hong Kong for at least three years upon completion of their programme. 

India

The Bestway Foundation|

The Bestway Foundation provides scholarships and grants for students of Pakistani, Indian, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi origin both in the UK as well as overseas.  Applications for Bestway Foundation scholarships are considered for tuition fee support only.  Scholarship candidates who have already applied will hear from the Foundation Trustees in due course.  For more information, please contact :  Mr Zulfikaur Wajid Hasan.  
Email address: zulfikaur.wajid-hasanbestway.co.uk|

The Goa Education Trust Scholarships|

The scholarships cover full tuition fees for any field of study at postgraduate level and are available to Indian citizens currently based in India who are residents of Goa or born to Goan parents or grandparents, who are graduates withan excellent academic record and who are not more than 30 years old at the time of application.

Jubilee Scholarships|

The Jubilee scholarships have been launched in 2012 as part of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee and the GREAT campaign. The award is open to young Indian graduates with an excellent academic record wishing to study a one year Masters programme in the field of Management, Manufacturing, Science and Technology at a recognised UK institution, followed by a short term internship programme in the UK.

Lady Meherbai D. Tata Education Trust Scholarships|

The scholarships are available to Indian female graduates from recognised Indian universities with a consistent and good academic record to pursue postgraduate studies in social work, social science and other related fields.

Narotam Sekhsaria Scholarship Programme|

The Foundation awards interest-free loan scholarships to Indian nationals residing in India with a consistently good academic record to pursue postgraduate studies at institutions in India and abroad, in the fields of Pure Sciences, Applied Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, Law, Architecture and Management.

Ravi Sankaran Fellowship Programme|

The fellowships are available to graduates who are Indian nationals resident in India at the time of applying to pursue a Masters degree abroad in the field of ecology and conservation.

The J.N. Tata Endowment Scholarships|

The Trust's loan-scholarships are open to Indian nationals who are graduates from a recognised university in India and who wish to pursue higher studies in any area or field of study abroad.

Inlaks Scholarships|

The Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation offers scholarships for up to two years to Indian nationals who did their first degree in India to pursue studies abroad in any field excepting Computer Science, Music, Film Animation, Business Studies, Indian History, Indian Studies, Engineering, Medicine, Urban Planning, Public Health and Fashion Design. Where a PhD is pursued at a collaborating university or institution, funding can be extended for up to four years.

Charles Wallace India Trust|

The Trust is an arts, heritage conservation and humanities scholarship fund enabling Indian professionals in the early or middle stages of their career to pursue study in the UK .

Ford Foundation International Fellowships Programme|

Scholarships are available to Indian nationals currently residing and working in the states of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, or Uttarakhand to pursue postgraduate studies in specific fields abroad. Applicants must have at least three years' full time work experience in their proposed area of study.

Credila Indian Student Loan Programme|

Applications for student loans can be made through Global Managament Education Services.

Japan

Japan-IMF Scholarship Programme|

Funding covering all reasonable expenses is provided by the government of Japan in the form of a two year scholarship to Japanese citizens to pursue a PhD in macroeconomics abroad. 

Kazakhstan

Bolashak Scholarships|

Scholarships are available to students from Kazakhstan to pursue studies abroad. 

Malaysia

Malaysia Special Provision Scheme

Awards are jointly funded by the Malaysian and British governments and are available to study towards a full time first degree in any subject. The Malaysian government nominates the recipients. Further information is available from:

The Malaysian Students' Department, 44 Bryanston Square, London W1H 8AJ, UK 

Pakistan

The Bestway Foundation|

The Bestway Foundation provides scholarships and grants for students of Pakistani, Indian, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi origin both in the UK as well as overseas.  Applications for Bestway Foundation scholarships are considered for tuition fee support only.  Scholarship candidates who have already applied will hear from the Foundation Trustees in due course.  For more information, please contact :  Mr Zulfikaur Wajid Hasan.  
Email address: 
zulfikaur.wajid-hasanbestway.co.uk|

Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust|

Awards are made twice a year, In June and December, to Pakistani students already in the UK who are in their final year or anticipating their final year of a PhD, and who need additional funding to help them complete their studies. The maximum grant is £1,500. The disciplines eligible for funding are: the humanities, arts, and creative industries; the social sciences, and social development; the environmental and health sciences.

Anne Marie Schimmel Scholarship|

The scholarship commemorates the contribution that Prof Anne Marie Schimmel made to culture and poetry in Pakistan. It offers the opportunity to female citizens of Pakistan to pursue a one year Masters degree in the UK. Applicants have to have a declared intention to return to Pakistan and pursue a career there. Subjects not eligible are journalism, business, management, IT, media and gender/ women's studies. Preference will be given to traditional humanities or sciences.

Singapore

Tan Kah Kee Postgraduate Scholarship|

The scholarships are available to citizens and permanent residents of Singapore to pursue a full time Masters or PhD degree in any discipline.

Tan Ean Kiam Scholarship|

This scholarship is similar to the Tan Kah Kee postgraduate scholarship, but is specifically for Masters or PhD study in the humanities.

Public Service Commission Scholarships|

The PSC scholarship provides an opportunity for outstanding young men and women to serve Singapore and Singaporeans, by offering them a fulfilling and rewarding career in the Public Service.

Scholarships portal| 

South Korea

Europe-Korea Foundation Scholarship Programme|

The EKF scholarship is open to South Korean students with an excellent academic record who wish to pursue graduate studies at European universities. 

Sri Lanka

The Bestway Foundation|

The Bestway Foundation provides scholarships and grants for students of Pakistani, Indian, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi origin both in the UK as well as overseas.  Applications for Bestway Foundation scholarships are considered for tuition fee support only.  Scholarship candidates who have already applied will hear from the Foundation Trustees in due course.  For more information, please contact :  Mr Zulfikaur Wajid Hasan.  
Email address: zulfikaur.wajid-hasanbestway.co.uk|

Thailand

The Office of Civil Service Commission| 

Turkey

British Scholarships

British Scholarships are available to Turkish nationals with a first degree wishing to pursue postgraduate studies in areas that contribute to the social, economic and scientific development of Turkey. Applications are encouraged particularly for study in the following fields: Economics, Political Studies, Social Sciences with direct application to social problems, Applied Sciences, Engineering, Business Administration and Management, Computer Technology, Information Services, and Agricultural Science. Funding is available for courses ranging from three months to three years, with provision for up to three months of English language training in the UK prior to taking a place on a course. Requests for application forms should be sent to: The Assistant Representative, Office of the Counsellor for Cultural and British Council Affairs, Kirlangic Sok 9, Gaziosmanpasa, Ankara, Turkey. There are also opportunities for research assistantships (details from the Turkish Higher Education Ministry).

North America 

Canada

BUTEX scholarships|

A number of scholarships to the value of £500 are available to undergraduate students registered at institutions in Canada or the US who wish to study abroad for at least one semester at a BUTEX-affiliated institution in the UK.

The Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund|

The Fund provides scholarships ranging from £500 to £3,000 to Canadian citizens who are registered for full time postgraduate studies at an institution in the UK and who have already completed at least one term of study. Students on a one year programme are not eligible.

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarships|

The Foundation offers scholarships to Canadian citizens who are applying to a doctoral programme in the social sciences or humanities or who are already in their first or second year of such a full time programme at a foreign institution.

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships|

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada provides fellowships to citizens or permanent residents of Canada to pursue their first PhD in the social sciences or humanities abroad, provided they have completed at least one previous degree at an institution in Canada.

The Canadian Federation of University Women|

Various awards and fellowships are offered to female Canadians to pursue studies abroad.

Government Student Loans|

Private Student Loans|

These loans may serve as top up loans to the Canadian government loans. Applications are made through Global Education Management Services (GEMS).

USA

Fulbright Awards|

The Commission offers awards to students to pursue a postgraduate degree in the UK in any subject.

Marshall Scholarships|

Scholarships are offered to young Americans of high ability to study for a postgraduate degree in the UK.

NAFA|

The National Association of Fellowship Advisors lists various awards and scholarships available to American students.

BUTEX Scholarships|

A number of scholarships to the value of £500 are available to undergraduate students registered at institutions in Canada or the US who wish to study abroad for at least one semester at a BUTEX-affiliated institution in the UK.

Federal loans|

Citizens and eligible non-citizens of the US may be eligible to borrow federal loans to help fund their studies, provided they meet all the eligibility criteria.

Veterans benefits|

Veterans of the US military and their dependants may be eligible for educational benefits to help fund their studies. 

Central America

Bermuda and the Cayman Islands

The governments of Britian and of Bermuda and the Cayman Islands offer a jointly funded scheme for students from Bermuda and the Cayman Islands wishing to pursue full-time higher education in the UK. Information may be obtained from the governments of Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. 

Mexico

CONACyT|

Funding is available to Mexican students wishing to pursue postgraduate studies (Masters or PhD) in Mexico or abroad.

Becas Mob Foundation|

The Foundation offers scholarships to Mexicans wishing to pursue a Masters degree in any field of study at a foreign insitution, provided that their studies provide a future contribution to the advancement and modernisation of Mexico.

FIDERH loan scheme|

The Fund for Development of Human Resources is a federal trust that offers student loans to Mexican citizens for postgraduate certificate, Masters or doctoral studies in the areas of health, natural and exact sciences, social sciences and business, humanities, engineering and technology, and agriculture. Repayment starts one year after graduating. 

Australasia

Australia

Australian Music Foundation in London|

Grants are available to current Australian residents who are applying for a programme of further artisictic study in the UK, USA or Europe, and to Australian citizens who are currently residing abroad who are about to commence, or already undertaking a programme of further study as performers or composers in the UK, USA or Europe.

The General Sir Monash Foundation awards|

The General Sir Monash Foundation offers scholarships to Australian citizens graduating from Australian universities to pursue postgraduate studies abroad. The scholarships are for an amount of AUD $50,000 per year and are awarded for a maximum of three years.

New Zealand

OMV New Zealand Ltd scholarship

Funding is available to New Zealand citizens or permanent residents for one year of postgraduate studies in the fields of earth sciences, environmental sciences and engineering. The maximum amount awarded is NZ $10,000. 

For further information write to: omv_nz_csromv.com| 

Europe 

Denmark

Anglo-Danish Society Scholarships|

Scholarships are available to Danish nationals who completed their first degree at a Danish university and who wish to pursue postgraduate studies in the UK.

Greece

The Schillizi Foundation Hardship Grants|

Hardship grants are available to Greek nationals studying undergraduate degree courses in the UK. Postgraduate students will also be considered, but priority is given to students in their final year of study experiencing unforeseen hardship.

Ireland

The O'Reilly Foundation|

The Foundation awards scholarships to Irish nationals wishing to pursue doctoral studies at a university of their choice. Preference is given to those wishing to study in the fields of Business Studies, Law, Marketing, Media Studies, Science, Technology or Arts.

Norway

Norwegian Student Loans|

Student loans are available to Norwegians wishing to pursue full time undergraduate or postgraduate studies at an institution of Higher Education in the UK.

Ukraine

The Victor Pinchuk Foundation|

Grants are awarded to Ukrainians wishing to pursue a Masters degree in the fields of environment and ecology, agricultural studies, law and public administration.

Middle East

Lebanon

British Lebanese Association Scholarship Fund|

The BLA Fund awards two to three full or partial scholarships to eligible students wishing to pursue a Masters programme in the UK.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi British Bank MBA Scholarship Scheme|

Funding is available for Saudi nationals to obtain an MBA degree from a recognised institution in the UK.

Various nationalities

AAUW International Fellowship|

 A number of scholarships are available to women who are not US citizens or permanent residents to pursue postgraduate studies abroad.

Aga Khan Foundation Scholarships|

The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships annually to outstanding students from developing countries for postgraduate studies who have no other means of financing their studies. Scholarships are in the form of a 50% grant : 50% loan and are awarded once a year in June or July. The Foundation gives priority to Masters programmes, but is also willing to consider applications for PhD programmes, when doctoral degrees are necessary for the career objectives of the student.

Altajir Trust Scholarships|

Scholarships are available to Arab nationals resident in Arab countries and who do not hold British residency to study at postgraduate level, with a possibility of funding at undergraduate level.

Anglo-Jewish Association Scholarships|

The AJA provides financial support to Jewish students in the UK.

Arab-British Chamber of Commerce Charitable Foundation|

Partial funding grants are available from the Charitable Foundation for Arab nationals with citizenship of a member State of the Arab League to contribute towards tuition fees and living expenses for Masters, MPhil or PhD studies. 

British Chevening Scholarships|

Chevening scholarships are awarded for postgraduate studies (mainly one year Masters programmes) and are available to citizens of countries other than the UK or other European Union countries, or the USA.

British Federation of Women Graduates Scholarships|

The BFWG gives awards to female students in the third year of their doctoral studies who commenced their PhD programme during the period specified on the BFWG's website.

Developed Commonwealth Scholarships|

Scholarships are available to citizens of the developed Commonwealth (Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Malta, Cyprus, Singapore, The Bahamas, Brunei Darussalam) for Masters and doctoral programmes. If you are a citizen of the Falkland Islands, the Maldives, St Helena or the Seychelles, you can apply for scholarships for undergraduate studies in the UK.

Funds for Women Graduates|

The FFWG offers foundation grants and emergency grants to women studying at doctoral level to help with living expenses only.

Google Europe Scholarships for students with disabilities|

Scholarships are awarded to students with disabilities who are studying Computer Science or a closely related technical field at undergraduate, Masters or doctoral level.

 Il Circolo Scholarships|

Scholarships are available to students pursuing innovative research projects relating to Italian academic or cultural interests (Art, Humanities, Music and Sciences).

Joint Japan/ World Bank Graduate Scholarship Programme|

Scholarships are awarded to students from World Bank member countries to undertake graduate studies in subjects related to economic development at renowned universities in World Bank member countries.

Mackenzie King Scholarships|

The Open Scholarship is open to graduates of Canadian universities who are commencing or continuing postgraduate studies in any discipline in Canada or elsewhere. The Travelling Scholarship is open to graduates of Canadian universities who are commencing or continuing postgraduate studies in the area of international relations or industrial relations in the UK or the US.

Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation Studentships|

Studentships are available to students wishing to pursue a Masters degree in some aspect of finance or economics at a British university.

Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships|

Scholarships are open to students who wish to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate studies in another country where there are Rotary clubs.

Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust|

Grants are available to students from Great Britain and abroad pursuing postgraduate studies in any discipline in the UK and who experience financial difficulties that may prevent them from completing their studies. Grant amounts range from £300 to £1,000.

UK 9/11 Scholarship Fund|

The Fund was established jointly by the British Council and the World Trade Center Disaster Fund to award scholarships to dependants or children of victims of the September 11 attacks on the USA, or other subsequent terrorist tragedy, to study in the UK.

UNESCO Fellowships|

Fellowships are available to students wishing to pursue postgraduate studies of short-term duration. 

 
 
 

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