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Daiwa Scholarships

The Daiwa Scholarship is a unique 19-month programme of language study, work placement and homestay in Japan, following a month of Japanese language tuition in the UK. Daiwa Scholarships offer young and talented UK citizens with strong leadership potential, the opportunity to acquire Japanese language skills, and to access expertise and knowledge relevant to their career goals.

Find more information on the Daiwa Scholarship scheme
Email the Foundation who is happy to provide advice about possible applications.

Confucius Institute Scholarship

The Confucius Institute Scholarship provides financial aid for students, scholars and Chinese language teachers worldwide to proceed to a Master's degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL) in Chinese universities, or study in such majors as Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History and Chinese Philosophy.

More application information for Confucius Institute Scholarship. Please let  Global Programmes, know if you apply.

Frank Knox Fellowships

Frank Knox Fellowships were established in 1945 by Mrs Annie Reid Knox as the Frank Knox Memorial to enable students from the UK, along with those from Australia, Canada and New Zealand, to undertake graduate study at Harvard University. Knox had a rich and varied career – as a newspaper publisher, a soldier, a vice-presidential candidate, and as US Secretary of the Navy in the 1940s - and was a highly-regarded politician and businessman. He championed the concept of democracy as government of the people and believed strongly that cross-cultural exchange between Britain and the US was vital for international peace.

In accordance with the Deed of Gift, special regard will be given to personal qualities in the awarding of Frank Knox Fellowships:

“Candidates will be selected on the basis of future promise of leadership. Strength of character, keen mind, a balanced judgment, and devotion to the democractic ideal will be the qualities borne in mind in making the final selection.”

A Knox Fellowship pays full Harvard tuition and mandatory health insurance fees and provides a stipend sufficient to cover the living expenses of a single Fellow for a 10-month academic year. Knox Fellowship funding is guaranteed for up to two years for students in degree programmes requiring more than one year of study. The Committee on General Scholarship, which administers the Fellowship, will consider applications for further funding beyond the second year on a case-by-case basis.

A Knox Fellowship award does not guarantee admission to Harvard. Applicants should therefore submit an admissions application directly with the Harvard Graduate School of their choice. The award of a Knox Fellowship, at interview in January, is contingent upon the applicant gaining admission to the University.

Find out more about the Frank Knox Fellowships and how to apply

Kennedy Scholarships

Scholarships are being offered for British graduates to complete a year of postgraduate training at either Harvard or Massachusetts Institute of Technology, tenable across all disciplines for the maximum of one academic year.

Find out more about the Kennedy Scholarships and how to apply

BUNAC Educational Scholarships Trust (BEST) Scholarships

The BEST (BUNAC Educational Scholarship Trust) Scholarships offer financial assistance to eligible applicants who are looking to undertake postgraduate study in the USA or Canada. They are funded by the BEST Scholarship Trust which is an independent trust administered by BUNAC on behalf of the BEST trustees.

A number of scholarships are awarded each year from a fund of £50,000 allocated for the BEST Scholarships. Included in this, are the sums of £4,000 available as the Christopher J. Harbour Memorial Scholarship to a candidate looking to do sports-related studies and £2,000 as the John S. Ball Award to a candidate looking to pursue a teaching or geography-related career. The individual amounts awarded vary but a typical award is in the region of approximately £5,000 - £10,000.

Candidates must:

  • Be UK passport holder
  • Be currently, or have been engaged in full-time tertiary education at a university or college of higher education in the United Kingdom
  • Have already applied for, but not yet started a post-graduate course in the US or Canada. The postgraduate qualification must be awarded by a US or Canadian institution
  • At the judging stage, preference is given to those whose proposed study in North America is likely to do most to further transatlantic understanding and/or to those who are required to go to the US or Canada to do a specific course.

The BEST Scholarships are top-up funds, not the prime source of funding and candidates should be actively looking to secure funding from other sources while in the process of applying to BEST. Candidates cannot already be engaged in their course of study in North America at the time of application although they should be looking to apply to courses in their chosen field.

Application forms are available online

Indonesian Darmasiswa Scholarship Programme

The Ministry of Education and Culture, Republic of Indonesia offers a scholarship of Darmasiswa Programme to foreign students (including students from UK and Ireland) of any major to study in Indonesia for 6 months or 1 year.

The main purpose of the Darmasiswa program is to promote and increase the interest in the language and the culture of Indonesia among the youth of others countries. It has also been designed to provide stronger cultural link and understanding among participated countries.

Applications can be made through the Indonesian Embassy Administration Selection by the Ministry of Education and Culture and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Academic Selection by the Ministry of Education and Culture and Directorate General of Higher Education.

For further information, please visit the Indonesian Education Attached website.

Scholarships in Mexico

In the past there have been opportunities for students via of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) which offered foreign citizens interested in studying for a specialization, master’s degree or doctorate, conducting graduate-level research, or those taking part in an undergraduate or graduate-level academic mobility program in Mexico, to participate in the Mexican Government Scholarship Program for International Students.

Find further application information for Scholarships in Mexico

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships 

The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships (QECS) offer fully-funded, two-year Master’s scholarships to Commonwealth citizens. Through them, successful applicants can travel to a range of countries, where they can study a variety of courses and benefit from the expertise provided by leading universities. Developing new skills, gaining a qualification and experiencing life in another country through a scholarship is of huge benefit both to the individual and their home country. 

12 fully funded Master’s scholarships are available, hosted by member institutions in nine countries across the Commonwealth including: Bangladesh, Eswatini, Ghana, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, and the West Indies (Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago). Further details of the scholarships including eligibility, host universities, and details on how to apply are available on the ACU website.

Applications close on 18 January 2021 at 16:00 (UTC).

We have developed a marketing toolkit with materials that you can use to share these scholarship opportunities. The toolkit includes:

  • QECS student leaflet
  • QECS student poster
  • Social media graphics
  • Email and social media templates

You can access the toolkit online

PhD and Post Doc Researchers

Fulbright Awards

The Fulbright Awards Programme offers scholarships for academic work in any subject, at any accredited US university. Approximately 20 postgraduate scholarships are offered each year to UK citizens as a contribution toward the first year of postgraduate or doctoral study, or for 'special student research' or 'visiting student research'. Candidates choose and apply to US university departments directly and independently.

Find application details and more information about the Fulbright Awards

DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service

DAAD grants are available to academic staff and students in Ireland and the United Kingdom for study and research in Germany.

Descriptions of these schemes and application details can be found on the DAAD's website

The Association of Commonwealth Universities

Four fully-funded Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are newly available at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.

The scholarships are available in any research specialism offered by NTU, are open to applicants from any Commonwealth country other than Singapore, and cover full tuition fees, a living allowance and an airfare grant.

For more details, please see the ACU website.