Funding Opportunities for International students on a Taught programme

International (non-EU) students commencing a Taught programme can be supported through University schemes or external schemes as those listed below. 

Please click on the funding title for a brief description of the scheme. Our Funding & Scholarship Calculator is also available to provide information on possible funding opportunities and is updated on a regular basis.

Some possible Funding Opportunities:

Chevening Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The Scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars with leadership potential. Awards are typically for a one-year Master’s degree, in any subject and at any of the UK’s leading universities.

The Chevening programme began in 1983 and has developed into a prestigious international scheme. Chevening Scholars come from 116 countries worldwide (excluding the USA and the EU), and this year the Scholarships will support approximately 700 individuals. There are over 41,000 Chevening alumni around the world who together comprise an influential and highly regarded global network.

A new central Chevening Scholarships website, www.chevening.org, has been launched with the aim of giving Chevening Scholarships an even greater coherence and presence worldwide. Potential applicants can register their interest to receive alerts about application opening and closing dates and candidate guidance, and find out about priority subjects for countries which offer Chevening Scholarships. In addition to giving details of the Chevening application process, the website provides updates about latest developments in the scheme worldwide, and important information on applying for higher education courses in the UK more generally.

For information on applying for a Chevening Scholarship, sign up for alerts at www.chevening.org

Aberystwyth University – GREAT Scholarships 2018 – China

This year, in partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, Aberystwyth University will be offering £22,000 in total scholarships to Chinese students applying for Postgraduate Programme courses in any subjects. 

In order to support more Chinese students to study in the UK, the British Council, together with 31 UK universities, has launched the GREAT Scholarships 2018 – China campaign. With 145 postgraduate scholarships on offer, the total value of the scholarship scheme is nearly £1 million. This new scholarship scheme will offer an exciting opportunity for Chinese students wishing to get financial support to pursue postgraduate study in the UK. Students can apply for postgraduate courses in subjects including engineering, law, business, art and design, biosciences, IT and more, at 31 institutions across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Please see the regulations below for further information.

  1. Up to 4 scholarships, each worth £5,500 towards tuition fees will be available for Chinese students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2018.
  2. Separate scholarship application forms are not required, but please make sure that the applicant writes ‘I apply for the GREAT scholarship’ on their application form.
  3. The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (Bachelor degree with overall 75% from 211 and 985 Universities, or 85% or above from other Universities)
  4. In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 26th January 2018. In addition, Acceptance of an offer of an award must be received within 2 weeks of being offered.
  5. Scholarships are available for entirely self-financed Chinese students (Chinese Passport holders)

For more information on the GREAT Scholarships 2018 – China campaign, please visit [https://www.britishcouncil.cn/study-uk/scholarships].

 

International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships (IPES)

International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships (IPES) for 2019-2019

Up to 13 scholarships, each worth £5,000 towards tuition fees will be available for International (non-EU) students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2018. The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK 1st class honours degree or the equivalent award). In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 27th July 2018.

Please see the regulations below for further information.

  1. Up to 13 scholarships worth £5,000 towards tuition fees for full-time non-EU students on taught Masters courses are available for students who commence their studies in September 2018 on a first-come-first-serve basis.  
  2. Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office (AQRO) by 27th July 2018 at the very latest.  
  3. Selection will be on the basis of academic excellence and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course. A minimum (UK) 1st Class Honours (or equivalent) is required for an award. Information on the comparability of non-UK degrees is available on our comparability page
  4. Acceptance of an offer of an award must be received within 2 weeks of being offered.
  5. Decisions for 2018 will be made centrally on the basis of academic excellence.  
  6. Scholarships are available for entirely self-financed students (i.e. they cannot be held by students with full-awards, e.g. Chevening Scholarships, Commonwealth Shared Scholarship or any governmental award or any partial awards, including AU departmental awards, Aber-grad Scholarships nor HEI partnership discounts). 
  7. Scholarships should be used the year for which they are applied and awarded for. In the event of candidates deferring the year of entry the scholarship can also be deferred. If it is deemed necessary for the Scholarship holder to suspend their studies, the scholarship will be held on University account and carried forward to the year of resumption of studies and the candidate will be expected to pay their contribution on a pro-rata basis.
  8. During and after the period of study the candidate may be asked to participate in promotional activities for the University. This may include receptions and social events, testimonial or publicity articles or even assisting with activities in their home country.
  9. For taught programmes, scholarships may be transferred between same level degree schemes where the applicant changes the programme of study during the course of the degree. Transfers may only occur between degree schemes of the same level, i.e. from one postgraduate taught programme to another. 
  10. If, in the view of the appropriate Institute Director, a scholarship holder’s progress is deemed unsatisfactory, the scholarship may be withdrawn. A scholarship may also be withdrawn on the grounds of failure to comply with any of the conditions of the award. The candidate may be required to repay the University any award which has been made, in whole or in part. If the scholar feels that such a withdrawal is unjustified s/he may appeal in writing to the Director of the International Office within 15 days of the date of notification.
  11. Where the applicant arranges to pay fees by instalment the scholarship will be deducted from the final instalment.  Where the candidate arranges to pay their tuition fees in full in advance, they will receive the scholarship deduction immediately and the tuition fee will be adjusted accordingly. International (non-EU) applicants are required to pay a deposit towards their tuition fees in accordance with University policy.* 
  12. This scholarship scheme is subject to annual review. The University reserves the right to make, amend, withdraw, suspend or cancel without notice these and other such Regulations as may be in force from time to time and such decisions shall be final.

 

* Please note that an IPES award cannot be used against the non-refundable tuition fee deposit that was specified in the offer letter for your place on the Masters course. You would have to pay this deposit in advance of completing the admissions process. The International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship would thus be a reduction in the remaining tuition fees.

For further funding opportunities please visit our funding & scholarship calculator which is updated regularly.

 

Aberystwyth International Scholarships (AIS)

Aberystwyth International Scholarships (AIS) for 2018-2019

Scholarships, each worth £2,000 towards tuition fees will be available for International (non-EU) students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses or a Research Programme (MPhil, LLM by Research or PhD) in September 2017. In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a relevant programme at Aberystwyth University must be received by 27th July 2018.

Please see the regulations below for further information.

  1. Scholarships worth £2,000 towards tuition fees for full-time non-EU students on taught Masters, MPhil, LLM by Research or PhD programmes are available for students who commence their studies in September 2018 in Aberystwyth.

  2. Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office (AQRO) by 27th July 2018 at the very latest.  

  3. Selection will be on the basis of academic performance and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course.

  4. Acceptance of an offer of an award must be received within 2 weeks of being offered.

  5. Decisions for 2018 will be made centrally in-line with the decision making process.  

  6. Scholarships are available essentially for self-financed students, i.e. they cannot be held by:

                  (i)            students with full-awards, e.g. Chevening Scholarships, Commonwealth Shared Scholarship or any governmental award or any AU award or

                  (ii)           any partial awards with a resultant combined value greater than 25% of the value of the tuition fees). For example, they could be held with an Aber-grad Scholarship or a HEI partnership discount but could not be held with an (AU) International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship (IPES). 

  1. Scholarships should be used the year for which they are applied and awarded for. In the event of candidates deferring the year of entry the scholarship can also be deferred. If it is deemed necessary for the Scholarship holder to suspend their studies, the scholarship will be held on University account and carried forward to the year of resumption of studies and the candidate will be expected to pay their contribution on a pro-rata basis.

  2. During and after the period of study the candidate may be asked to participate in promotional activities for the University. This may include receptions and social events, testimonial or publicity articles or even assisting with activities in their home country.

  3. For taught programmes, scholarships may be transferred between Masters courses (at NQF Level 6) where the applicant changes the programme of study during the course of the degree. The award is tenable for the full 12 month period of the full-time Masters course.

  4. For research programmes, scholarships may be transferred between programmes at the same level (i.e. between MPhil/LLM by Research programmes at NQF Level 7 or between PhD programmes at NQF Level 8) where the applicant/student changes the programme of study during the course of their registration. The award for MPhil/LLM by Research programmes is tenable for a maximum of 12 months.  The award for PhD programmes is tenable for a maximum of 36 months. 

  5. If, in the view of the appropriate Institute Director, a scholarship holder’s progress is deemed unsatisfactory, the scholarship may be withdrawn. A scholarship may also be withdrawn on the grounds of failure to comply with any of the conditions of the award. The candidate may be required to repay the University any award which has been made, in whole or in part. If the scholar feels that such a withdrawal is unjustified s/he may appeal in writing to the Director of the International Office within 15 days of the date of notification.

  6. Where the applicant arranges to pay fees by instalment the scholarship will be deducted from the final instalment.  Where the candidate arranges to pay their tuition fees in full in advance, they will receive the scholarship deduction immediately and the tuition fee will be adjusted accordingly. International (non-EU) applicants are required to pay a deposit towards their tuition fees in accordance with University policy.* 

  7. This scholarship scheme is subject to annual review. The University reserves the right to make, amend, withdraw, suspend or cancel without notice these and other such Regulations as may be in force from time to time and such decisions shall be final.

 

* Please note that an AIS award cannot be used against the non-refundable tuition fee deposit that was specified in the offer letter for your place on the Masters course. You would have to pay this deposit in advance of completing the admissions process. The Aberystwyth International Scholarship would thus be a reduction in the remaining tuition fees.

Aber-grad Scholarships

Aberystwyth University offers a Scholarship towards Taught Masters, LLM by research and MPhil tuition fees for Aberystwyth University graduates registering for study in 2017. The Aber-Grad Scholarship applies to both UK/EU and International students. If you hold a First Class Bachelors (Hons.) degree, then the scholarship will be 20% of your tuition fees. Holders of Second Class degrees are eligible for a scholarship worth 10% of your Taught Masters tuition fee

Applications for relevant courses must be received by 28th July 2017 at the latest. You do not need to apply separately for this loyalty discount as it is automatically applied to course fees on enrolment where eligible.

Students must be graduates of Aberystwyth University having gained at least a 2:2 or above. The scholarship will be automatically awarded to students registering on any Taught Masters scheme (excluding the PGCE courses) LLM by research or MPhil at Aberystwyth University. All Aberystwyth University graduates (UK, other EU and non-EU) are eligible. The scheme covers all modes of study (full-time, part-time and distance-learning). Applicants may only hold the Aber-grad scholarship with other funding so long as the combined amount does not exceed 50% of the proposed Masters tuition fees. (Note: Please note that the regulations of other scholarships prevent them from being held with other awards. It is the applicants’ responsibility to seek confirmation on this). It does not cover those receiving scholarships or bursaries exceeding 50% of the proposed tuition fees and it does not cover staff candidates. Loans are not treated as scholarships for this purpose. 

 

Example: MSc international tuition fees of £15,250 for an AU graduate with a 2i Honours who is subsequently offered a £2,000 Aberystwyth International Scholarship (AIS) for the MSc. 

              Threshold for combined scholarships = 0.50 x £15,250 = £7,625. 

              Aber-grad Scholarship (Discount) = 0.10 x £15,250 = £1,525. Tuition is then reduced to £13,725.

              Less AIS, the net tuition fee = £13,725 - £2,000 = £11,725. 

If you have any queries about the Aber-grad Scholarship, please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office. Note: This Scheme is subject to annual review.

Stafford and Grad Plus Federal Loan Programs

(Students from the USA only)

Please visit the US Federal Loan information page for relevant details.

British Council

International students are strongly encouraged to approach the British Council in their home countries at the earliest date possible to enquire about assistance.  In addition, most British Council offices will have a library of resources that you can use to find out about independent charities and trusts that may have scholarships to award in your chosen field of study.

For further information visit the British Council website http://www.britishcouncil.org/

US Fulbright Scholarship

In the 2018/19 cycle (September 2018 entry), one Fulbright-Aberystwyth University International Relations Award will be offered to pursue a one-year Master’s degree programme within the International Politics Department (i.e. either the MA International Relations (S or RT) or the MA Welsh Politics & Society (S or RT)).

Please see the Fulbright website for details: http://www.fulbright.org.uk/fulbright-awards/exchanges-to-the-uk/postgraduates/aberystwyth-university-int-l-relations

US Marshall Scholarships

(Students from the USA only)

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. At least forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at a UK institution in any field of study. Each scholarship is held for two years.

For further information visit: http://www.marshallscholarship.org/