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Further study abroad

Funding study abroad

Most awards and scholarships are specific to a particular institution or country, so you need to know where you want to study; and what you want to study before searching. If you don’t, then prepare to spend a lot of time and energy browsing through potential sources!

  • Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU): offers scholarships, awards and fellowships in Commonwealth countries, which include Australia, Canada, India, etc.
  • Fulbright Commission: offers awards for the first year of postgraduate or doctoral study in any subject at accredited US institutions. You can also find out about University assistantships, which involve twenty hours per week of teaching or research in exchange for the payment of fees and a grant towards living costs. There is also a wealth of information about every aspect of the application process.
  • Graduate Prospects: ‘latest course and research positions’ search includes the option to find funded opportunities in countries in the European Community and in some non-European countries.
  • Jobs.ac.uk – specialist website for jobs in academia which includes funded masters and PhD students worldwide.
  • StudyinEurope.eu: compare programs at European institutions by tuition fees, financial assistance and also by language of instruction.
  • Graduate Women International (GWI): offers international fellowships and grants for postgraduate study and research.
  • UK research councils: offer a small number of grants for postgraduate study overseas. Contact the relevant body for your subject area to find out whether they offer anything suitable.
  • The UNESCO website has resources about a wide range of fellowships and other postgraduate opportunities.
  • UKCISA has a section on UK students studying abroad which includes sources of funding.
  • Erasmus+ Master Loans: this scheme enables students to get a loan to study in any of the 33 Erasmus+ programme countries. You must be studying in a different country from your country of residence and it must be different from where you took your Bachelor degree.
  • European Funding Guide: with over 12,000 opportunities and sections on funding in individual countries, this site  is the largest study funding portal within the EU.
  • Study Options: independent expert advice for UK students wanting to study in Australia or New Zealand. Find out about courses, look at institution profiles and get help with practicalities such as costs and visas.
  • International Student: has resources to help students pursue an international education, including a comprehensive section on financial aid, custom tools to help you explore and a advice on applying. 
In addition, it is worth asking the course provider whether they offer any funding or know of any organisations/charities which may provide some grants.