Category Archives: Funding from the UK

Canada Memorial Scholarship 2016

To us, it’s about identifying tomorrow’s leaders – individuals with the potential to inspire others with their choices and actions.

“So far, we’ve enabled 30 exceptional individuals – from journalists, professors, scientists and politicians in the making, to visual and creative artists. Every one has gone on to achieve great things and act as an ambassador for a connected Canada and Great Britain.”

Full scholarships are available to British students applying for any year-long postgraduate course with an accredited Canadian further education provider. canada university

The Awards are offered annually for British students or graduates wishing to pursue a postgraduate course at a university or other appropriate institution in Canada.

The Awards, tenable for one year only, will cover airfares, fees, maintenance, accommodations and other allowances.

Candidates applying for courses of more than one year may be required to provide assurances that they have sources of additional funding available to them that will enabled them to complete the course (These awards are not available for study at a doctoral level).

Candidates should be United Kingdom citizens resident within the United Kingdom. They should hold, or expect to hold, a first or upper second-class Honours degree. In addition they should be able to show convincing reasons why they wish to study in Canada.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate leadership and ambassadorial qualities as well as strong academic credentials.

For more information about how to apply, check out the Canada Memorial Foundation website:

India Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan 2016

indiaAs part of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP), the Government of India is offering two awards for scholarships to UK citizens wishing to study in India!


Applicants must be citizens of the United Kingdom.
Candidates must meet the eligibility requirements of the course and institution at which they intend to study.
Candidates may not study courses in medicine or dentistry.
Priority will be given to candidates who have not previously studied in India.

All the relevant details can be found by clicking on the below link:

Application form and associated documents can be downloaded below or from the ICCR website:   

 Applications should be on the official application form, together with certified copies of all requested supporting documentation. In the case of those applying for an MPhil or PhD, it is also necessary for an application for approval of research visa to be submitted.

Completed application packs should be sent in hardcopy, along with six photocopies, to:

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC)
Ms Huma Akhtar c/o ACU, Woburn House 20-24 Tavistock Square London WC1H 9HF

Email enquiries to:

Closing date for receipt of nominations at the above address: Monday 4th of January 2016

 *Please note that this is the deadline set by the ACU to receive and select candidates and nominate to the London agency in time to meet their deadline of the 8th of January 2016. Therefore any applications received after the 4th of January will not be considered.


Scholarships misconceptions

Very few students know exactly what scholarships they could apply for and subsequently miss out on funding which could help to finance opportunities beyond their wildest dreams; so what are the most common misconceptions, and how can we debunk them?

1. Scholarships are only for the most academically gifted students


A lot of students believe that the sole criteria for applying for scholarships and the awarding body’s motivation behind allocating financial backing is merely the achievement of high grades, which isn’t always the case. Scholarship awarding organisations look for a range of candidates and base their decisions on other factors, including: income, where you live and what your area of study is.

2. The number of scholarships available is very limited

There are more than 8,000 scholarships available for the students to apply for in the EU, with many of the schemes undersubscribed. Although some have particular criteria, through researching relevant funding databases (such as those on: then you can filter out the ones which aren’t applicable.

3. You have to be involved in community work to be eligible

Although some scholarships linked to social work and the community will require some evidence of you working in your locality, many scholarships won’t have this as a requirement (not to say that we’d discourage it!)

4. The funding amount will be too low

The amount of funding that you can receive from scholarship awarding bodies can vary greatly, from one off payments to monthly sums which can help to supplement your living costs. Some scholarships will even allow you to apply for other schemes to help make up the short fall, so make sure you read up on the criteria.

5. I have to be in financial distress to apply

Although there are some awards in place to help students from low income backgrounds or financial difficulty, not all scholarships are means tested. Some awards may exist to help promote a certain career path or profession, or to support students from certain places.


Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships

If you’re unsure about what country to consider studying in for placement, then check out the three below; you can apply for funding as a UK citizen to help finance your studies, which can make a big difference to your wallet.

Under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP), scholarships and fellowships are offered to citizens of the United Kingdom to study in other Commonwealth countries.commonwealth-flags

If you are a UK citizen and are interested in any of these opportunities, please email to register your interest and be sent information as soon as it is available.

The CSC is promoting these scholarships for UK citizens only. Citizens of other Commonwealth countries should contact their national nominating agencies – more information is available on the CSFP website.

Financial help – home student travel grants

If you’re a home student thinking about studying abroad, then finances and how you’ll pay for living expenses is probably fairly high on your list of things to worry about when considering moving to another country to continue your studies. However, there are resources and help available to make the jump to international placements and exchanges that little bit easier. If you’re a home student studying abroad, then you can apply for travel grants, which can cover:

  • up to 3 return journeys between your home and the overseas institution during a full academic year abroad
  • help with essential expenses, medical insurance and travel visas
  • travel costs if you’re part of a single parent family

This grant can therefore not only help to provide money for your general living costs, but also for travel to visit friends and family back home; this makes being away much more manageable, and helps the transition to international study to be a lot less stressful.


You must attend an overseas institution for at least half of each academic term. This period of study can be compulsory or optional.

You can also get a travel grant if you’re on an ERASMUS study or work placement. Other work placements don’t count.

For more information on how to apply, visit the website here:

Study in America

Are you a post-graduate student thinking about continuing your studies? Do you fancy doing so in the United States of America? If so, read on!

Created by treaty on 22 September 1948, the US-UK Educational Commission (Fulbright Commission) fosters mutual cultural understanding through educational exchange between both nations.student-us_2757723b

American universities are becoming increasingly popular for UK and international students. Last year, over 9,400 UK students and over 700,000 total international students chose American universities for their studies.

For UK citizens, you can apply for Fulbright awards for postgraduate study, lecturing, professional exchange or research in the USA. International students are encouraged to use their advisory service, but non-UK citizens are required to apply in their country of citizenship, even if they are resident in the UK.

For an interesting insight into student life and experience in America, here’s a link to a case study of a student who took the plunge:

If you’d like to find further information about the opportunity to get funding to continue your studies in the US, then you can find out more here: