Academic excellence scholarships

We award over 100 international scholarships per year, recognising academic excellence by applying a tuition fee discount. Ten prestigious Vice-Chancellor's scholarships are available for the highest achieving students.

  • Funding: £2,500 to £15,000
  • Academic year: 2020/21
  • Open to: International (non-EU) students
  • Qualification level: Postgraduate taught and Undergraduate
  • Number available: 100+
Applications for 2020/21 are closed.

Open to International (non-EU) students only.

You're eligible for different levels of award depending on your nationality and country of residence. The allocation table below shows which awards are available to you. Some awards are available to all international (non-EU) students.

To be eligible for an Academic Excellence scholarship, you must:

  • have a conditional or unconditional offer to study at the University of York by 30 May 2020 (you don't need to have accepted the offer)
  • be paying fees at the overseas fee rate (any fee assessments must be completed by 30 May 2020)
  • intend to study a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate taught masters course based on the University of York campus

You will not be eligible if:

  • you hold a 100 per cent tuition fee scholarship or are fully sponsored
  • you are an undergraduate student and have made us your insurance choice before 30 May 2020.

Students on the following pathways are not eligible for these scholarships:

  • Hull York Medical School
  • International Pathway College
  • Distance and online learning courses
  • Part-time courses
  • Kaplan International College London
  • GEMMA, CASPPER and Mundus MAPP
How to apply

Application deadline: Saturday 30 May 2020, 11.59pm BST

You must apply online. You only need to make one application: we will consider you for all of the awards which you are eligible for.

How we allocate

A panel of senior staff from the University will select the successful scholarship awardees.

We aim to inform you of the outcome of your scholarship application by the end of June.

Once offered a scholarship you must:

  1. Accept the offer formally, following the link within your offer email
  2. Make York your firm choice

These actions must be completed by the deadline provided in your offer email. Otherwise, you will lose your scholarship and it will be offered to a reserve candidate.

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships

Ten Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships are available worldwide, reserved for high-achieving students:

  • Undergraduate: £5,000 per year for three years for five students achieving AAA at A level, 36 points at IB, or international equivalent.
  • Postgraduate taught: £5,000 for five students achieving a First class undergraduate degree, or international equivalent.

GREAT Scholarships

Three postgraduate GREAT Scholarships are available to students from China, Indonesia and Turkey:

  • Postgraduate taught: £10,000
Terms and conditions

If you defer your place at the University of York you cannot keep your scholarship, but you can reapply the following year.

Academic Excellence scholarships may not be combined with a Vice-Chancellor's scholarship.

Academic Excellence or Vice-Chancellor's scholarships may be combined with University of York departmental scholarships.

Academic Excellence or Vice-Chancellor’s scholarships may be combined with external funding as long as this does not exceed 100 per cent of your tuition fees.

Contact details

International Recruitment Team
+44 (0)1904 323534

Awards by region and country

Country/regionTotal value
Worldwide: Vice-Chancellor's Undergraduate Scholarships £15,000
Worldwide: Vice-Chancellor's Postgraduate Scholarships £5,000
Worldwide £5,000
Region: Latin America £5,000
Region: Middle East and North Africa £5,000
Region: Southeast Asia £5,000 to £10,000
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa £7,000
GREAT postgraduate scholarships
Bangladesh £7,000
China £2,500 to £5,000
Hong Kong £2,500
India £5,000 to £10,000
Indonesia £5,000
Malaysia £5,000
Nigeria £7,000
Pakistan £7,000
Singapore £2,500
Thailand £5,000
USA and Canada £2,500 to £5,000
Vietnam £5,000

Contact us

Students from outside the EU
+44 (0)1904 323534

EU undergraduate students
+44 (0)1904 324000

EU postgraduate students
+44 (0)1904 322142