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Scholarship Opportunities for International Students 

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Durham University is committed to supporting the best International students. The following international scholarships and bursaries are either funded by the University, through partnerships with external organisations, or through generous donations from alumni and friends of the University. 


Postgraduate Taught (PGT) - MSc, MA, MBA and PGCE Students
Postgraduate Research (PGR)  - PhD and Masters Research Students


Level (Duration) 

Country Specific 

British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM 

PGT (1 Year) 

Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela 

Chevening Open Awards 

PGT (1 Year) 

Over 160 Chevening-eligible countries and territories. 

Chevening Partnership Awards 

PGT (1 Year) 

Over 160 Chevening-eligible countries and territories. 

China Scholarship Council 

PGR (4 Years) 

China (not including Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan). 

Civil Society Leadership Awards (OSF) 

PGT (1 Year) 

Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Laos, Libya, Myanmar, Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. 


PGT (1 year) 

PGR (4 years) 


Commonwealth Open Awards 

PGT (1 Year); PhD (3 Years) 

Mostly middle to low-income Commonwealth countries. 

Commonwealth Shared 

PGT (1 Year) 

Bangladesh, Cameroon, Eswatini, The Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia. 

Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships (for low and middle-income countries) 

PhD - candidates to spend up to 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral students in their home country. 

Applicants who are citizens of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person. 

CONACYT - Durham Scholarships 

Masters (1 Year) & PhD (Up to 3 years) PhD applicants invited as a priority. 

Mexican nationals. 


PGT (1 year) 

PGR (4 years) 

Chile – scholarship currently suspended for 2021 entry. 

Durham Palestine Educational Trust 

PGT (1 Year) 

Palestine - previous study or previously active in student or community life in the West Bank or Gaza. 

Fullbright-Durham University PG Award 

PGT (1 Year) or PGR (1st Year) 

The USA. 



Female students from developing countries. 


PGT (2 x 1 Year) 

The USA. 

Marshall Sherfield Fellowship 

Post-doctoral research for a period of one to two academic years at a British University or research institute. 

The USA. 

Ruth First Scholarship 

PGT (1 Year) 

Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe. 

SAID Foundation Scholarships 

1 Year PGT or Masters' degrees by distance learning 

Syria, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan. 


10 UG and 5 PGT 

Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, UAE, Uruguay, USA, Qatar. 

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