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Scholarships to study in the UK for African students

Ever asked yourself what it is like studying in the UK? Studying in the UK is not only about its quality education. A UK education will give you a chance to learn in an environment full of the world’s greatest minds. You will get an opportunity to experience a new culture and interact with like-minded people. Studying in the UK will equip you with unmatched skills that will come in handy in your future endeavors. Of course, studying in the UK is relatively expensive, certainly when compared to studies in your home country. As a result, you may be interested to explore what scholarship opportunities lie out there. Scholarships help needy and deserving students realize their dreams. An opportunity to receive a scholarship could transform your life and the lives of those around you. There are many scholarships for African students in the UK. There are scholarships for women, scholarships for commonwealth countries. Scholarships for developing countries, scholarships for developed countries. For under graduate students, for postgraduate students. There are many out there The financial aid a scholarship covers are usually on tuition fees. This is true of postgraduate scholarships also. Though the reduction in tuition fees during the academic year gives you more budget for living expenses.   Many scholarships in the United Kingdom are merit-based and are competitive. You may be up against students from many other countries. It is a good idea not to expect you will definitely be awarded one.  Famous universities like the University of Edinburgh, University of Sussex and Heriot-Watt University all offer scholarships. Seed partner school Heriot-Watt is located on the outskirts of Edinburgh. It offers International Merit Awards at both Bachelor and Postgraduate Master’s degree level to outstanding candidates. Further information can be found at https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/scholarships/uk.htm

University-specific scholarships

There are many different scholarships offered by different UK universities. These tend to offer a partial discount on the cost of tuition and will typically be based on academic merit. You may find that there are scholarships specifically reserved for African students. Institutions use them as a way to diversify the student body and you can take advantage. It is advisable to look at your chosen university’s website for an up-to-date and comprehensive list of available scholarships and their eligibility requirements. 

Chevening Scholarships

These are perhaps the best-known and most prestigious scholarships open to international students wishing to study in the UK. Administered since 1983, these scholarships are organized through the British Council. The outstanding recipients of these awards are granted fully-funded scholarships to study a Master’s degree in the UK! For further information on these gold-standard scholarships, go to https://www.chevening.org/scholarships/

GREAT Scholarships

Are you yearning to acquire a postgraduate degree in the UK, but you need extra support financially to achieve that dream?. A GREAT Scholarship is the best option for you. With over 300 GREAT SCHOLARSHIPS available, the scholarships have helped needy students pursue postgraduate education at 43 universities in the UK.  GREAT scholarships are open to African students from the following countries: Egypt, Ghana, and Kenya. Further information is available at https://study-uk.britishcouncil.org/scholarships/great-scholarships

Commonwealth Scholarships 

These scholarships are open to applicants from citizens of any Commonwealth country, so students from many African students are potentially eligible. The scholarship is also aimed at postgraduate studies and each year approximately 800 students are beneficiaries of these scholarships. Further information can be found at https://www.britishcouncil.in/study-uk/scholarships/commonwealth-scholarships