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Guide to applying for scholarships
UK Scholarships and Awards

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Most of the scholarships to overseas students for studying in the UK are postgraduate awards, and the competition for these awards is often intense. Except for the Chevening scholarship, awards on this page are not administered by the British Council in the Caribbean, so you need to leave enough time to write to the awarding institution for application forms. While there is no guarantee that you will get an award, it will help to follow these basic guidelines.

  • Apply early: application deadlines vary. Be aware that applications for many awards close a year in advance of the start of the course.
  • Check your eligibility: carefully read through the information on the purpose, scope, subject area(s) and restrictions (if any) of the award, as well as any restrictions on nationality or residence to be sure that you are eligible.
  • Be clear and concise: Use the appropriate form, and complete it fully and neatly. Do not provide more information than requested.
  • Don't rely on one award: competition for awards is high - you are advised to apply for as many awards as you are eligible.
  • Don't rely on a full scholarship: many institutions give partial awards, or bursaries, which are often easier to obtain than a full scholarship, and which can usually be held in conjunction with other awards. You should calculate how much your course will cost, and how much you can contribute from personal funds, so that you can realistically decide which partial awards to apply for.

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