Scholarships and financial support

Want to study in the UK, but need funding to support your education?

There are many financial support options available to international students who wish to study in the UK.

You can search for UK scholarships and find out more on the scholarships and financial support page of the Education UK website.

The British Council is also able to link prospective  students to international scholarships for Bangladeshi students seeking financial support for their UK education. Eligible candidates can use the awards to finance postgraduate qualifications or professional development programmes.

Find out about scholarships available to Bangladeshi students:

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is a scholarship scheme that enables students from Commonwealth countries to study in other Commonwealth countries. The scheme has been helping students develop their education since 1959 (over 21,000 Scholarships have been awarded during this time). The fund is managed by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC), on behalf of the UK government.

What does CSFP cover?

  • Economy travel air fare
  • Visa processing fee
  • Tuition fee
  • Maintenance and other allowances, during the study period 

Scope of study

  • One-year taught master's course
  • PhD
  • Six-month fellowship
  • Distance learning
  • Split-site scholarship

Eligibility

Candidates must:

  • be a Bangladeshi citizen, residing in Bangladesh
  • hold a first degree of upper second class Honours standard (or above); or a second class degree and a relevant post-graduate qualification
  • have taken the IELTS English language test.

Selection committee

Scholarship

Firstly, the candidates are shortlisted based on their application and later they are further assessed through personal interviews. This phase of selection is conducted in Bangladesh, by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

Fellowship

Nominations for the prospective fellows are required to be sent to the Ministry of Education (MOE), from respective institutions and organisations. The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) London does the final selection on the basis of the nominations sent by the MOE.

Selection criteria

Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:

  • academic merit 
  • the quality of the proposal
  • the likely impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country.

Any questions?

Please contact:

University Grants Commission, Bangladesh
Agargaon, Dhaka-1207

Telephone: 88-02-8113242, 88-02-8124133

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Charles Wallace Bangladesh Trust

The Charles Wallace Bangladesh Trust (CWBAT), in partnership with the British Council in Bangladesh, creates opportunities for Bangladeshi nationals to access educational and professional development programmes in the UK.

The objective of this initiative is to enhance the careers of the individuals concerned and, where possible, to establish productive, bi-lateral institutional relationships and ensure knowledge sharing between the UK and Bangladesh. A grant from the CWBAT will enable successful applicants to achieve their artistic, academic and professional ambitions through affiliation with experts in the UK.

Eligibility 

Candidates must:

  • be a Bangladeshi citizen
  • be aged 25-45 (mid-career professionals)
  • hold a firm offer (minimum of 3 weeks and maximum of 3 months) from a UK host body.

Application process

  • The British Council will advertise the programmes within specified disciplines and solicit applications from time to time, draw up short-lists and interview short-listed candidates.
  • Candidates will not be language-tested, but their capacity to cope in a UK environment will be assessed in the interviews. 

Award details

  • Award-holders will receive a grant of £1,300 per month, and a contribution of £800 towards international travel costs.
  • They must make all their own arrangements in the UK in consultation with their host institution. There is no provision for course fees.

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The Equity and Merit Scholarships, The University of Manchester

This scholarship scheme aims to support Bangladeshi students, specifically from disadvantaged background, who have no means of studying in the UK without this financial support.

Funding body

The scholarships are jointly funded by the University of Manchester and its alumni. The University waives the tuition fee in full and the generosity of alumni covers students’ living costs and flights to the UK.

What does it cover?

  • Economy travel air fare
  • Visa processing fee
  • Tuition fee
  • Maintenance and other allowances, during the study period

Scope of study

  • One-year taught master's course

Eligibility

Candidates must:

  • be a Bangladeshi citizen, residing in Bangladesh
  • if interested in science and engineering courses, have a bachelor's degree from a public university with a minimum overall score of 70%
  • if interested in education and social sciences courses, have a master's degree from a public university with a minimum overall score of 55%
  • have taken the IELTS English language test.

Available courses

Scholarships are available in a wide range of subjects addressing different fields in: Engineering, Environment, Medical and Life Sciences, Textiles and Education.

Application procedure

Annually the scheme opens for around six weeks and is advertised via our website, newspapers and social media. Applications need to be submitted to us by the announced timeline.

For any queries, please contact us.

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