Indian students looking at pursuing a doctorate, postgraduate degree in the UK will find that most of the leading universities there offer plenty of opportunities to support their research students. There are scholarships meant specially for international students to encourage them to progress to a PhD in their chosen field of study. Some of these are:
The Cambridge International Scholarship Scheme (CISS)
The University of Cambridge offers, through the Cambridge Trusts, around 80 Cambridge International Scholarships to international students who take up a research course in the next academic year. The awards are highly competitive and presented to outstanding students. Each award covers the full cost of fees and maintenance for the entire duration of the course.
To be eligible for the CISS, you need to be enrolled in a three year, full-time research programme leading to the PhD. You should also be holding a “high upper-second-class undergraduate honours degree from a UK Higher Education Institution, or an equivalent from an overseas institution.”
2011 Charles Darwin International Scholarships for Medical Students
The Edinburgh University offers this scholarship to all international students enrolled in PhD courses within the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. Up to 50 scholarships are awarded to deserving students. The value of each award ranges from £5,000 to £25,000 per annum and can be used towards tuition fees, stipend and/or laboratory costs. You are eligible for this scholarship if you have applied to either a full-time three year PhD, or a four year PhD, or a 1+3 (Masters + PhD) programme.
University of Kent scholarships
The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Kent offers several scholarships to overseas students. They cover tuition fees plus a maintenance award of £13,590. Though these scholarships are offered for one year to begin with, they can be renewed for a maximum period of thee years given you maintain satisfactory academic performance. If you are intending to appy to these scholarships, you need to ensure you hold a good honours degree and a Master’s degree with distinction.
Colt Foundation Fellowships in Occupational/Environmental Health 2013
The Colt Foundation awards these fellowships each year to science and medicine students who are carrying out research in the area of occupational and environmental health at a UK university. The Fellowship is normally for three years and the research is expected to lead to a PhD degree. The value of the stipend offered for the first year is £12,000 (£13,000 inside London). These fellowships are highly competitive and involve a rigorous selection process.