Gone are the days when higher education for Indian students in the U.K. was limited to the rich and elite. The last ten years have seen a large number of Indian students from the salaried-class opting for postgraduate courses abroad, especially in the U.K., U.S.A. and Australia. The sharp increase in Indian students going abroad for higher studies can, in part, be attributed to the generous scholarships and bursaries offered by various institutions.
The British Council offers a number of scholarships in partnership with funding agencies. Some of the popular British Chevening scholarships are:
- HSBC Chevening Scholarship - For postgraduate students opting for courses in Finance, Economics & Environmental Studies.
- Chevening/BG/Cambridge Scholarships - For postgraduate students who have applied to study at the University of Cambridge.
A full list of British Council Chevening Scholarships
Some other popular scholarships available for Indian postgraduate students in the U.K. are listed below:
- The Dr. Manmohan Singh Scholarships for doctoral studies at St. John’s College - University of Cambridge
- Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships
- Charles Wallace Fellowships - For further studies in arts and humanities
- School of Law scholarships at the University of Leeds
- Birmingham Business School scholarships
- University of Southampton scholarships
- Southampton Solent University scholarships
Scholarships are awarded on academic merit and competition is intense as each institution has a limited number of scholarships available for international students. Some institutions offer scholarships to students who have an excellent sports-record and show remarkable proficiency in athletics or a specific sport like swimming, football etc.
Scholarships, however small in size, offer financial benefits to Indian students, most of whom would have opted for educational loans from banks. It is an indisputable fact that the scholarships offered by an institution are a major point of attraction for Indian students and that a significant proportion of them opt to study at that institution which offers the maximum scholarship amount.