Studying in the UK or Ireland on Scholarship
Studying in the UK or Ireland is a pretty attractive prospect for current students, scholars, anglophiles, heritage students, and Harry Potter fans alike. There is something delightful about studying in a country where people speak your native tongue but in a surprisingly different fashion– it makes for reflections on the convergence and divergence of cultural, academic, and social norms and values.
However, financing international opportunities is a big question for most and is even a make-it-or-break-it factor for some. The following scholarships and fellowships make study in the UK or Ireland possible for eligible candidates. Remember that scholarships and fellowships are only one component to funding international study and travel. For additional information on funding international studies and travel, see 9 Ways to Fund Travel and the Free Guide to Budgeting for International Travel.
*Note: Some of the descriptions below have been copied and pasted directly from the scholarship provider’s websites.
The George Mitchell Scholarship (Ireland, Graduate Studies)
The Mitchell Scholars Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Mitchell Scholars Program provides tuition, accommodations, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.
Irish Homecoming Study Programme (Ireland, Undergraduate)
The Irish Homecoming Study Programme is a new pilot program aimed to encourage the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Irish nationals, and non-resident passport holders, residing outside of the European Union to return to Ireland for their Higher Education studies. The participating Institutes of Technology recognize the important role that the Irish Diaspora plays in promoting Irish Culture and Trade. Students who participate in this program will have the opportunity to study at one of Ireland’s Institutes of Technology. Students who qualify will benefit from the new “Irish Diaspora tuition fee”. For the first time the Irish Diaspora have been recognized and rewarded by the Irish state through the creation of a reduced tuition fee for the (non-EU resident) Irish Diaspora. Students will also have the opportunity to live with Irish families during their stay in Ireland, further adding to the students cultural experience and strengthening the students cultural link with Ireland.
The Marshall Scholarship (UK, Undergraduate)
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programs contributes to their ultimate personal success.
Chevening Scholarship (UK, Graduate)
The British Chevening programme scheme aims to bring future leaders, decision-makers and opinion-formers to the UK for a period of postgraduate study. To be eligible, you should have a proven record of success and have the potential to rise to a position of power and influence in your chosen career. They cover all or part of the cost of a one-year postgraduate course in the UK.
The Saltire Scholarships (Scotland, Undergraduate, Graduate, Post-Graduate)
Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships (SSS) is a substantial programme of scholarships, offered on a matched funding basis between the Government and Scottish Higher Education Institutions. The scheme offers up to 200 awards, each worth £2000. These are towards the tuition fees, for any one year of study, on an Undergraduate, Masters or PhD course at any of Scotland’s higher education institutions. The scholarships are designed to support the promotion of Scotland as a learning nation and a science nation and are therefore targeted at the priority sectors of creative industries, life sciences, technology, financial services and renewable and clean energy (find out what study options are available).
The Rhodes Scholarship (England, Graduate)
Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. The Rhodes Trust, a British charity established to honor the will and bequest of Cecil J. Rhodes, provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. The first American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904.
The Clarendon Fund (England, Graduate)
Clarendon Scholarships are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic merit and potential to graduate students from all around the world. Scholarships are available in all subject areas and open to candidates who apply for a graduate program at Oxford University.
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship (England, Graduate and Postgraduate)
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship is awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The programme aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships (Worldwide, Graduate)
Rotary is an international service organization that has been sending students on international exchanges and study opportunities since 1947. Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships sponsor undergraduate and graduate students, as well as qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the country where they study and give presentations about their own culture to Rotary clubs and other groups. Back home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that deepened their understanding of another culture.
Fulbright (Worldwide, Graduate and Post-Graduate)
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,800 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship (Worldwide, Study Abroad, Undergraduate)
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.
Other Helpful Links to Scholarships (Study Abroad, Research, University Scholarships)
In addition to the above mentioned scholarships, the following scholarships and links are for students who have already applied and been accepted to a program in the UK.
- BUTEX Scholarships for Study in the UK
- Scholarships for UK Study
- Scholarship Positions
- Scholarships for International Students
- The Royal Society (Grants for research)
- St. Andrews Society Scholarship Program (Scottish Heritage Students in or around NY)