Financial support for international students Financial support for international students

Funding for postgraduate study is available both from the University of East Anglia and from a number of external schemes.

Funding your course of study

The information which follows is intended to help you to identify sources of financial support before your course begins.

Please Note: The information given below is intended as a general guide. It does not represent an exhaustive list of all available funding. You are encouraged to apply to all sources of funds for which you may be eligible. International students should approach their local British Council for information on local funding. 

The level of competition for most of the awards mentioned here is extremely high and candidates are usually assessed on past, and potential, academic performance. If you will require a grant in order to undertake your studies, your application should be made as early in the year as possible. Applications received after March cannot be considered for most scholarships.

The majority of international postgraduate students taking courses in the School of International Development are sponsored by their Governments, their employers, or an agency such as the British Council.

You should not begin a new course unless you are confident that you have enough money for the duration of your course, bearing in mind that fees and expenses are likely to increase annually. Although it is increasingly possible for international students to work part-time while studying in the UK, (part-time earning levels are about £6 - £9 per hour, and this is currently restricted to 20 hours per week by the UK Border Agency) you should not rely on funding your studies through vacation or part-time work since your earnings are likely to be low in relation to your expenses.  The UK Border Agency requires you to show proof that you can fund your full tuition fees and high levels of living costs in order to obtain a Tier 4 Student Visa.


50% Final Year Undergraduate Continuation Scholarship

Current final year UEA undergraduate students who gain a 1st class degree and progress onto a postgraduate course in September 2015 will receive a 50% fee reduction scholarship. Those who do not gain a 1st class degree will still be eligible for the 10% UEA Alumni Scholarship outlined below. Terms and conditions apply. 


UEA Alumni 10% Scholarship

A scholarship of a 10% fee reduction is available to UEA Alumni looking to return for postgraduate study at UEA in September 2015Terms and conditions apply.


School of International Development Excellence Awards for International Students

School of International Development Scholarships

The School of International Development is offering a £1,000 fee waiver to all international students who have obtained the equivalent of a UK 1st Class degree. All students who have completed their undergraduate degree at UEA will receive an additional 20% fee reduction.
How to apply: All eligible candidates with a 1st Class degree to whom the School have made an offer are automatically given the £1,000 fee waiver.


School of International Development Full Fees Scholarship

A full fee award may be offered to one international taught applicant on the basis of academic excellence (e.g. first class degree) and their personal statement.
How to apply: All eligible candidates to whom the School have made an offer are automatically considered for nomination.
Deadline for Applications (full fee scholarships): 15 March 2015.

Please note that all applicants are expected to have met the School's English language requirements and been offered and accepted a place on the course by this date.  Successful applicants will be contacted by the admissions department.


School of International Development Scholarships for students from Japan, Korea, Mexico, Brazil, Philippines and USA

International Development Excellence Scholarships - partial fees awards may be offered on the basis of academic excellence and their personal statement.
Eligibility: USA (4 scholarship of £3000), Japan (2 scholarships of £3000), Korea (2 scholarships of £2000), Mexico (1 scholarship of £4000), Brazil (1 scholarship of £4000) and Philippines (1 scholarship of £4000)
How to apply: All eligible candidates to whom the School have made an offer are automatically considered for nomination.
Deadline for applications: 30 April 2015 (28 February for Japanese applicants)


Lord Walston Scholarship

One Lord Walston Scholarship may be available, on the basis of academic excellence, for applicants from Africa who are working in natural resource based projects (agriculturalist/natural resource) applying for a place on the MA Agriculture and Rural Development, the MSc Environment and International Development or the MSc Climate Change and International Development. The Scholarship covers Full Fees and Maintenance (living expenses). 

How to apply: All eligible candidates to whom the School have made an offer are automatically considered for nomination.

Deadline for applications: 16 March 2015

Please note that all applicants are expected to have met the School's English language requirements and been offered and accepted a place on the course by this date.  Successful applicants will be contacted by the admissions department


Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme

The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (with funding from DFID), and UK universities, to support scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the United Kingdom. One award may be available to candidates, under 35 years old, from a developing Commonwealth country who have been offered a place on an advanced taught course. The School is able to nominate one student per year for this scholarship. All candidates to whom the School have made an offer are automatically considered for nomination and the appropriate application forms are automatically sent to the student selected. Students already studying in the developed countries are not eligible; neither are employees of government or parastatal bodies. The award includes Full Fees, Maintenance and Travel costs. 

Eligibility: International students from developing Commonwealth countries.

How to apply: All eligible candidates to whom the School have made an offer are automatically considered for nomination and the appropriate application forms are automatically sent to the student selected.

Deadline for applications: 16 March 2015. 

Please note that all applicants are expected to have met the School's English language requirements and been offered and accepted a place on the course by this date.  Successful applicants will be contacted by the admissions department. Please refer to http://www.csfp-online.org/ for further details.


Marshal Papworth Scholarship

Up to 5 Marshal Papworth Scholarships may be available, on the basis of academic excellence, for applicants from developing countries working in natural resource based projects (agriculturalist/natural resource) applying for a place on the MA Agriculture and Rural Development, the MSc Development Economics, the MSc Environment and International Development, the MSc Water Security and International Development and the MSc Climate Change and International Development.  The Scholarship varies from £12,000 to £17,000 as determined by the Marshal Papworth committee. For further details please visit: http://www.marshalpapworth.com/

Eligibility: International students from developing countries working within certain conditions (see above).

How to apply: All eligible candidates to whom the School have made an offer are automatically considered for this award. The School nominated student will be sent the appropriate application forms.

Deadline for applications: 16th March 2015.  Please note that all applicants are expected to have met the School's English language requirements and been offered and accepted a place on the course by this date.  Successful applicants will be contacted by the admissions department.


School of International Development Internal Bursaries

All  UEA Undergraduates who successfully register to progress on to any of our International Development Masters courses are eligible to receive a 20% Fees Award. Please contact admissions@uea.ac.uk for further information.

Eligibility: Home/EU/International students.

How to apply: All eligible candidates to whom the School have made an offer are automatically considered for nomination.


Other scholarships available to International students

General (Non-UK Residents)

Students planning to come to Britain to study should seek information from their own Ministry of Education and from the nearest British Council Office, British Embassy or British High Commission. Students already in the UK can obtain information from their own Embassy or High Commission and the British Council regional or London offices. Further information on funding may be obtained from the UK Council for Overseas Students Affairs.


Chevening Scholarships – MA Media and International Development

The MA in Media and International Development has a three year agreement with the British Foreign and Commonwealth office (FCO) and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) to award one student a Chevening bursary to cover fees, accommodation and subsistence. To qualify, students must currently be employed as a full-time staff member of one of CBA's member organisations (Full Members and Affiliates), from a developing country in the Commonwealth. Please contact the CBA for more information: Chevening Scholarship details.The latest application round has just opened.

Deadline for applications:   Please contact the CBA for more information or see their website.


World Council of Churches

Candidates who are directly engaged in church service, or community service, or who have previous theological education may be eligible to apply for a World Council of Churches scholarship. Candidates should normally have had some working experience related to their proposed field of study. Applications should be made through a candidate's local church or church-related organisation - a WCC application form is made available by the National Correspondent only after local selection has taken place. Further details may be obtained directly from the World Council of Churches Scholarship Secretary, 150 Route de Ferney, PO Box 66, 1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland.
How to apply: All eligible candidates should apply directly to the World Council of Churches.
Deadline for Applications: 30 April 2015.


Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan is an international programme under which member governments offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commonwealth countries. Scholarships can be offered annually by the UK to commonwealth citizens resident in a Commonwealth country other than Britain itself. Awards are for university postgraduate study or research, and are administered by the Department for International Development.
Eligibility: International students from a Commonwealth country.
How to apply: Candidates must apply through the appropriate agency in their country of normal residence.
Deadline for applications: Please refer to http://www.csfp-online.org/ for details.


World Bank

The World Bank Scholarship Program and the Fellowships Program are vehicles for knowledge sharing and capacity building in the developing world. The Programs provide opportunities for graduate and postgraduate studies leading to master's and doctoral degrees in development-related fields for mid-career professionals from eligible developing countries. Applicants must be a national of a World Bank member country, under 45 years of age, hold a bachelor's degree with superior grades, have two years of recent employment in economic development activities and have been admitted to a university renowned for development research and teaching. 

Contact address: World Bank, Graduate Scholarship Program, 1818 H Street, N.W. -- Room M 4001, Washington, DC 20036, USA.

Method of application: All eligible candidates should apply directly to the World Bank.

Deadline for Applications: For further details, please see the World Bank website.


 


Said Foundation Masters Scholarships

The Said Foundation offers twenty postgraduate scholarships annually to outstanding individuals from Syria, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan who demonstrate the potential to become leaders and innovators of change.

There are no restrictions on academic subjects but priority will be given to candidates who can demonstrate that their subject will enable them to contribute to the development of their home country.

Applications are restricted to the Foundation’s partner universities in the UK. A full list of partner universities can be found on the Said Foundation website.

http://www.saidfoundation.org/universities

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR 2016/17

-Applications are restricted to candidates who are Lebanese, Jordanian or Palestinian (including Palestinians inside Israel) and Syrian;

-Priority is given to candidates permanently living in the Foundation’s target countries. The Foundation will, however, consider Syrians residing elsewhere due to current circumstances in Syria.

-Applications from candidates who will be thirty five years old or more at the beginning of the 2016/17 academic year cannot be considered;

-Only candidates with the equivalent of a UK 2.1 degree or higher will be eligible for consideration;

-Candidates are not required to have work experience but priority will be given to those who have some work experience and who can demonstrate that their studies will benefit their field of work on return to the Middle East. If the applicant lacks work experience the Foundation can consider experience gained from voluntary or community activities or participation in activities whilst at university;

-Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have the potential to be leaders in their field.

-Evidence that the applicant meets his/her proposed university’s English language conditions is required by the Foundation;

-Successful applicants are required to sign a binding undertaking to apply the skills and knowledge they have gained for the benefit of the Foundation's target countries (Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria).

APPLICATION PROCESS

-Applicants must apply on line from 31 July:  http://www.saidfoundation.org/scholarship-applications

-Applications must be submitted by the closing date of 23.59 UK time on 30 November 2015

To obtain your offer from the University of East Anglia that will enable you to apply for the Said Foundation scholarship you should use our standard postgraduate procedure.  Details are available here.


NFU Mutual Charitable Trust Centenary Award - MA Agriculture and Rural Development

In 2015 NFU Mutual, the UK’s leading rural insurer, is once again offering the Centenary Award for postgraduate students in agriculture.

The award gives annual bursaries to pay up to 75% of course fees for selected post graduate students in agriculture (Masters or PhD).

Eligibility: Home, EU and Overseas applicants who have gained, or are expected to gain, a 2:1 or above (or international equivalent) in agriculture or a closely related degree, and have been offered a place on a Masters or PhD course in agriculture in the UK starting in September 2015.  

Application deadline: 30 April 2015.

How to apply: Prospective postgraduate students who think they may be eligible to apply for the award in 2015 should contact centenary_award@nfumutual.co.uk to request further details and an application form.

Further information, including selection criteria for applicants, can be found on the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust website

Ashton Partnership Scholarship in Water Security

A new scholarship opportunity is being offered by the Water Security Research Centre and The Ashton Partnership to an eligible candidate of the MSc in Water Security and International Development for the 2015-16 academic year. The ‘Ashton Partnership Scholarship in Water Security’ offers the scholarship recipient an award of £6,500 as a reduction to tuition fees for the academic year. Full scholarship details.

Applications are welcome from applicants from all countries and should include a CV, a covering letter and an essay on water security. Scholarship application form

Deadline for receipt of applications is 1 June 2015 and early applications are encouraged.