In-Country scholarships and government awards
The large majority of study fellows are funded by their own organisation, the British Council or an associated funding source.
Opportunities vary from country to country and the British Council is best placed to advise on potential funding opportunities for you. Contact details of all British Council offices can be found on the British Council website
Many grant-making bodies have funds available for international students to undertake postgraduate study in the UK. Awards vary greatly according to the subject area and to the country of the applicant.
The Directory of Social Change provides a comprehensive guide to funding possibilities.
Many bi-lateral and multi-lateral donor agencies offer awards for students to undertake postgraduate study in the UK. These include the World Bank, UN agencies such as UNICEF, UNESCO or UNDP, and the European Commission.
Many of these agencies have local offices and you are advised to address them first to ask about funding opportunities for students from your country.
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
IDD is recognised by the British Economic and Social Research Council as a centre of excellence for postgraduate research and for training in research methods.
Eligible applicants may apply to the ESRC for funding to undertake research (+3) and should contact the ESRC directly for information.
(Please note that in order to be considered for an ESRC scholarship, you will need to be nominated by the School of Government and Society.)
Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships
'Ambassadorial Scholarships, the Rotary Foundation's oldest and best-known program, is the world's largest privately funded international scholarships program. Nearly 800 scholarships were awarded for study in 2005-06. Through grants totaling approximately US$500 million, recipients from about 70 countries studied in more than 70 nations.
'The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country.'
Rotary Foundation's Ambassadorial Scholarships