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Scholarships for international students

Discover more about the scholarships we offer to international students

As an international or EU student at Portsmouth, you can access many scholarships. Your eligibility for these scholarships varies depending on which course you're studying, where you're from and your academic achievement to date.

Here's a summary of the scholarships you can access as an international student if you choose to start studying with us from September 2023 or January 2024. If you're a home (UK) student, see our information about scholarships and bursaries for undergraduate (Bachelor's) and postgraduate taught (Master's) UK students.

University of Portsmouth International Scholarships

Vice Chancellor's Global Development Scholarship

For September 2023 and January 2024 entry, eligible students will be able to receive the Vice Chancellor's Global Development Scholarship. This scholarship will take the form of a £1,600 fee reduction that will apply to your first year of study.

If you are from one of the countries below, you will be eligible for this award:

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Dominican Republic
  • DR of the Congo
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Macau
  • Mauritius
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Terms and Conditions for Vice Chancellor's Global Development Scholarship

  • If you're studying an undergraduate course, you must be a self-funded student on a full-time, on campus, course with annual fees of £17,200 or above for September 2023 and January 2024 entry.
  • If you're studying on a postgraduate research or postgraduate taught course, you must be a self-funded student on a full-time, on campus, course with annual fees of £17,200 or above for September 2023 or January 2024 entry.
  • The scholarship is not available for students who have previously studied other courses at the University of Portsmouth, who will instead be allocated the alumni discount.
  • The scholarship is available for ICP (International College Portsmouth) students progressing to the University
  • The scholarship will take the form of a £1,600 fee reduction, effective at the time of registration and will only apply to your first year of study.
  • The scholarship cannot be combined with any other scholarship, discount or fee offer.
  • The discounted fee will be stated on your Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS). This is the final document you receive when you have an unconditional offer to study at the University of Portsmouth and have paid your deposit.
  • Only applicants who have been assessed as overseas students for tuition fee purposes can access this scholarship. Eligibility is determined by nationality.

Chancellor's Global Academic Merit Scholarship

For September 2023 entry onwards, eligible applicants can be considered for the Chancellor's Global Academic Merit Scholarship. This scholarship will take the form of a £3,000 fee reduction that will apply to your first year of study.

This scholarship is merit based and applicants will need to have applied and accepted their academic offer by 2 June 2023 (for September 2023 entry). To be considered, applicants will also need to complete this form as part of their application, again before 2 June 2023 (for September 2023 entry). Applications will then be considered by the University's scholarship panel and the successful candidates will be contacted by email to confirm their status.

If you are from one of the countries below, you will be eligible for this award:

  • Bangladesh
  • Egypt
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • The Caribbean (including Dominican Republic)
  • Turkey
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam
  • Zimbabwe

Terms and Conditions for The Chancellor’s Global Academic Merit Scholarship

  • If you're studying an undergraduate course, you must be a self-funded student on a full-time, on campus, course with annual fees of £17,200 or above for September 2023 entry.
  • If you're studying on a postgraduate research or postgraduate taught course, you must be a self-funded student on a full-time, on campus, course with annual fees of £17,200 or above for September 2023 entry.
  • The scholarship is not available for students who have previously studied other courses at the University of Portsmouth, who will instead be allocated the alumni discount, provided they have successfully completed an eligible qualification.
  • The scholarship is not available for ICP (International College Portsmouth) students.
  • The scholarship will take the form of a £3,000 fee reduction, effective at the time of registration and will only apply to your first year of study.
  • The scholarship cannot be combined with any other scholarship, discount or fee offer.
  • The discounted fee will be stated on your Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS). This is the final document you receive when you have an unconditional offer to study at the University of Portsmouth and have paid your deposit.
  • Only applicants who have been assessed as overseas students for tuition fee purposes can access this scholarship.
  • Due to the number of applications received, we are unable to offer individual feedback and only successful candidates will be contacted.

School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences (SEGG) Scholarship

If you are a self-funded international student, achieve a first or upper second (2:1) from your Bachelor's degree and accept an offer onto a Master's course before Thursday 29 June 2023, you could get 50% off your course tuition fee with our Master's Scholarship for September 2023.

Eligible programmes are:

Eligibility

To be considered for this Master’s Scholarship you must be a self-funding international student and:

  • Accept an offer on a full-time masters programme listed above before Thursday 29 June 2023, to commence in September 2023
  • Achieve a first or upper second (2:1) honours in your undergraduate degree
  • Hold nationality from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Nigeria or Ghana
  • The scholarship cannot be combined with any other scholarship, discount or fee offer. 

How to apply

Only candidates holding a 2:1 or 1st will be considered and the decision will be made based on the highest GPA score who fulfil the above criteria. If you are one of the successful candidates, you will be informed by Thursday 14 July 2022. 

To apply, complete this form before 29 June 2023.

Get in touch with sci-int@port.ac.uk if you have any queries on this.  

SQA Advanced Diploma Scholarship

The Advanced Diploma Scholarship from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is worth £4,000. You can apply for this scholarship if you meet the following conditions:

  • You're a Chinese mainland student
  • Graduate from SQA
  • You've firmly accepted an unconditional or conditional offer with us
  • You've achieved, or are predicted to achieve, a general Graded Unit of A (i.e. AAA or AA) with no subject grade below 60 from your academic studies or you have significant, relevant social practices experience, or managerial or professional work experience
  • You've achieved English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0
  • You haven't yet started your postgraduate course with us

You must apply for this scholarship before you start your course. Applications are open from 15 May 2023 – 15 June 2023.

If your application is successful, we’ll assess your application and grades against other applications to decide the scholarship amount you’ll be granted. Your scholarship amount will be automatically discounted from your tuition fee at the start of your course.

Sanctuary Scholarship

If you're seeking asylum and studying an undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree, you could get a Sanctuary Scholarship to cover all of your undergraduate tuition fees.

You'll also get ongoing personal and financial support during your course so you can concentrate on your studies. There's one Sanctuary Scholarship available each year. It isn't based on your income and you don't need to pay it back whilst you're ineligible for UK Government financial support.

Find out more about the Sanctuary Scholarship here.

Women in STEM Scholarship funded by the British Council

For September 2023 entry, 5 eligible applicants from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan can be considered for the British Council Women in STEM Scholarship. This scholarship will cover the full cost of study on one of the following subjects:

This scholarship is merit based and applicants will need to have applied and accepted their academic offer by 9 March 2023 (for September 2023 entry). To be considered, applicants will also need to complete this form as part of their application, again before 9 March 2023 (for September 2023 entry). Applications will then be considered by the University's scholarship panel and the successful candidates will be contacted to confirm their status. 

If you are from one of the countries below, you can be eligible for this award: 

  • Kazakhstan 
  • Uzbekistan

Terms and Conditions for The British Council Women in STEM Scholarship. 

  • The scholarship will take the form of a fully funded masters degree in the relevant full-time subject at the University of Portsmouth, effective at the time of registration and will only apply to your one year of study.
  • The scholarship is not available for students who have previously studied other courses at the University of Portsmouth or previously studied at degree level or higher in the UK or lived recently in the UK.
  • The scholarship is not available for ICP (International College Portsmouth) students.
  • The scholarship cannot be combined with any other scholarship, discount or fee offer.
  • Students must be active in the field with work experience or with a proven interest in the programme area you are applying for
  • Students must be willing to demonstrate future contribution to capacity-building and socio-economic advancement through the benefits achieved after graduating from UK higher education and returning to your home country
  • Students must demonstrate a plan and passion to engage other women and girls in STEM from your home country
  • Students must agree that your personal data being shared with the British Council as a condition of applying
  • The discounted fee will be stated on your Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS). This is the final document you receive when you have an unconditional offer to study at the University of Portsmouth.
  • Students must return to their country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after the scholarship award has ended.
  • Students must be able to demonstrate a case for financial support. 
  • Only female applicants who have been assessed as overseas students from Kazakhstan or Uzbekistan for tuition fee purposes and a passport holder of one of the eligible countries can access this scholarship.

External Scholarships

Chevening Scholarship

Chevening is the UK Government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders.

Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, Chevening offers an opportunity for future leaders and influencers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.

These highly coveted scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars with leadership potential. Awards are typically for a 1-year Master’s degree in any subject.

We've welcomed many Chevening scholars to Portsmouth over the years – could you be the next one?

How to apply

To apply for a Chevening scholarship you must have:

  • An undergraduate degree
  • At least two years' work experience (including voluntary experience)
  • Leadership skills such as excellent communication skills, a positive attitude, and the sheer determination to achieve your goals.

For more information about Chevening, please visit chevening.org.

Applications are now closed for the 2022 / 2023 academic year.

Commonwealth Scholarship

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) gives scholarships to students from the Commonwealth. These scholarships aim to attract outstanding talent to British universities and to combine sustainable development with the UK national interest.

Scholarships reward merit and promote equity, inclusion and access to education, especially to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

How to apply

Visit the Commonwealth Scholarships website to find out which scholarships are open to you and for information about how to apply.

Other External Scholarships

There are many other external scholarships from various sources you may be eligible for.

It's a good idea to do your own research to find out about scholarships that are available for students from your region, but we've listed a few below.