British Council

GREAT Scholarships

We regularly offer scholarships to students from a selection of countries in partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign.

  • Funding: £10,000
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Open to: Students from to be confirmed
  • Qualification level: Postgraduate taught
  • Number available: 8
Applications for 2023/24 are closed.

In partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, the University of York is offering scholarships to some international students applying for a variety of postgraduate courses.

The GREAT Scholarships programme, launched by the British Council together with 49 UK universities, supports postgraduate students from Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam to access world-class UK higher education opportunities.

The scholarship programme offers financial support of a minimum of £10,000 to students pursuing one-year postgraduate study in the UK. Students can apply for courses in a range of subjects, at the 49 institutions across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

The University of York GREAT Scholarships are open to applicants from the majority of postgraduate taught courses for China, Ghana, India, Nigeria and Thailand. Applicants from Pakistan and Turkey are only eligible if applying for one of our postgraduate Law programmes. Please see the eligibility section for a full list of courses and exclusions. We have one award available for each country, with the exception of China which will receive two awards this year. All awards will be paid as a tuition fee deduction.

Applicants will be assessed based on a written application and prior academic merit. Strong preference will be given to applicants with the strongest academic record (for example, a UK first class degree or equivalent)

For more information on the GREAT Scholarships, please visit Study UK.


Open to students from to be confirmed only.

To be considered for the scholarship, you must:

  • be paying fees at the overseas fee rate (any fee assessments must be completed by 15 May 2023)
  • have met any language condition of your offer by 15 May 2023.

You will not be eligible if:

  • you hold a 100 per cent tuition fee scholarship or are fully sponsored
  • you are a current student of the University of York, having started your studies in a previous year

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

  • Hull York Medical School
  • International Pathway College
  • Distance/online learning courses
  • Part-time courses
  • Kaplan International College London
  • GEMMA, CASPPER and Mundus MAPP
  • Masters courses lasting longer than one year.
How to apply

Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 11.59pm BST

You must apply for this scholarship online. As part of the application, you will need to provide answers to questions about your course of study and your goals for the future.

We may request a document which confirms your nationality.

How we allocate

This is a competitive process, and only a small number of applicants per country will be successful.

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 9 June 2023.

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.

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.

GREAT scholarships may be combined with University of York departmental scholarships.

GREAT scholarships may be combined with external funding as long as this does not cover 100 per cent of your tuition fees.

Successful candidates will be required to represent the University of York and the British Council as an ambassador for the GREAT scheme.

Contact details

International team
+44 (0)1904 323534

Contact us

Got a question about applying to York? Email our friendly International Team for advice and support.

If you've already applied to study at York please use You@York to upload any documents. Please do not email documents to us as this may delay your offer being processed.
+44 (0)1904 324 000