Types of Scholarships for Pakistani Student To Study in UK

Studying in the United Kingdom (UK) is a dream of many students. The prestige of the universities, the lovely facilities and most of all a quality academic experience is something that makes UK based universities some of the best in the world. However, over the years a lot of students have found it difficult to go to the UK largely due to fluctuating exchange rates making tuition costs a major problem. 

Whenever education costs go up in rupee terms a lot of students start looking for scholarships and funding. UK university scholarships for Pakistani students are meant for high achievers. With the abundance of student portals and online study guides, it has become difficult to identify information for students from Pakistan and university scholarships for Pakistani students.

We here at FES make it a point to educate and inform our clients of the likelihood and possibilities of scholarships. For the sake of marketing or extra fees we do not provide any sort of false hope. The reality is navigating the requirements for scholarships and funding is a difficult task. Not all students can meet the criteria easily. Point of this post is to provide information for students from Pakistan regarding UK university scholarships for Pakistani students and partial funding and scholarships in the UK for international students.

Let’s get one thing clear: scholarships of any sort are meant to be difficult and even confusing. After all, if an organisation or university is deciding to fund your academic ambitions they will make sure they are spending their money on the right person. Each university has its own priorities, vision and degrees. You need to match all this and much more in order to attain a scholarship of some sort.

Below is some vital information on funding and scholarships in the UK: 

Funding Based Scholarships:

Funding based scholarships are further branched as 

  • Government –Funded
  • Non-governmental Scholarships


1.Charles Wallace Open Visiting Fellowship:

Charles Wallace Open Visiting Fellowships is offered under a partnership between the British Council in Pakistan and Charles Wallace. The purpose of granting this scholarship is to enable Pakistani students to complete their Courses in short UK visits. Award holders will receive £1,400 per month. This scholarship is given in particular subjects like Social Sciences, Humanities, Education, Environmental Sciences, and Health Sciences.

2.The Commonwealth scholarship:

The Commonwealth scholarship for international students program 2022 is an initiative for the students from the Commonwealth countries including Pakistan who belong to low and mid income families who generally cannot afford to study abroad.The scholarship is aided by the Department for International Development of United Kingdom for exceptionally talented students to pursue their higher studies in country United Kingdom

No. of Scholarships:80

Host Country:United Kingdom

Level:Postgraduate and Doctorate

Benefits:Tuition fees ,Airfare ,Stipend amount,warm cloth allowance ,Grants for study related expenses.

Host Institute: List of institutes are given below

Eligibility Criteria of Commonwealth Scholarship 2022 for Pakistani Students:

  • The student must be a citizen of Pakistan or AJK.
  • The student must be serving as a professor at an HEC recognized university and have an experience of 1 year.
  • Students should not have been enrolled in the same level in the UK before.
  • The student is required to be under one of the themes.
  • The Pakistani student must be available before the academic year of the UK that is September /October of the year.
  • The Pakistani student must not be before registered at a UK university for Postgraduate and doctorate.
  • The Postgraduate Pakistani applicants must have a first class in their academics.
  • The Pakistani student must not have a third division in any of their academic years.
  • The Pakistani student must not be financially able to support their education in the UK.

Scholarship Application Procedure of Commonwealth 2022 for Pakistani students

  1. The Commonwealth UK does not accept direct applications, the Pakistani students must apply beforehand at HEC.
  2. The HEC conducts an interview and a test for all the shortlisted candidates.
  3. The HEC can disqualify a candidate in case of false information.
  4. All the documentation must be completed at HEC and Commonwealth in due time.
  5. The HEC selects an equal proportion of male and female.


 3.Chevening Scholarship:

The Chevening international scholarship scheme provides opportunities of academic and professional development, network extension, cultural experience of the UK and platform to build a strong long lasting relation with the UK to emerging future leaders, experts and decision makers. At core, the Chevening scholarship motive is to build a strong network of UK’s friends, after getting education from the UK the students will return back to their countries and serve as efficient leaders.

Level: Postgraduate and Masters

Benefits: University tuition fees,a monthly stipend,travel costs to and from  

                    UK,an arrival allowance,homeward departure allowance,the cost 

                    Visa application,a travel grant to attend Chevening events in the 


Host Institute: List of institutes are given below

  • Bangor University
  • Birkbeck,University of London
  • Bournemouth University
  • Brunel University
  • Cranfield University
  • Cardiff University
  • Newcastle University
  • Durham University
  • University of Bath
  • University of Hull
  • University of Essex
  • University of York
  • University of Westminster
  • University of Sussex
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Southampton
  • University of South Wales
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Reading
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Kent
  • University of Dundee
  • University of London
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Salford Manchester
  • London School of Economics
  • University of Warwick

To apply for Chevening Scholarship, you must meet following requirements/conditions:

  • You are national of a Chevening-eligible country
  • After your Chevening award has ended, you must return back to your native country.
  • You must have an undergraduate degree that is considered equivalent to the UK’s undergraduate degree. Bachelor honours (4 year duration study programme) is considered equivalent to the UK’s undergraduate degree and eligible to apply for Postgraduate Admission.
  • You must have at least two years work experience. For Chevening Fellowship, the work experience should be 5 years duration. To know the complete work experience requirement for Chevening Awards consult your country’s page.
  • You must apply for postgraduate degree courses at one or three UK universities and must receive an unconditional letter of acceptance for any one of these applied courses before July.
  • You must meet Chevening English Language requirements till July by passing English language proficiency test with required grades.

Required Documents for Chevening Application 2022:

  • Valid Passport and National Identity Card
  • Transcripts of academic records (undergraduate degree)
  • English Language test Results
  • Unconditional offer of acceptance from UK’s university

To apply for admission at any of the UK’s universities, you are required to meet their academic requirements and eligibility criteria and submit the documents accordingly as described by their official websites for your selected study course at Postgraduate Level.

  1. Equivalence for a foreign degree.
  2. Copies of CNIC.
  3. Domicile certificate.
  4. Study and research plan.

4.The Rhodes scholarship:

The Rhodes scholarship program is provided by the prestigious institute of Rhodes for nurturing the future talent for betterment of the world.

No. of Scholarships:1

Host Country:United Kingdom


Benefits:Health coverage, full college fee, full application fee, Stipend of £13,681 per annum,a ticket from home country to UK and return after the course completion.

Host Institute:Oxford University


  • The student must be a citizen of Pakistan bearing a passport.
  • GPA 3.7 and above.
  • The student must have undertaken a proper under graduate course of 4 years in the past 10 years of their life.
  • The age of the student must not be above 25.

Documents needed

  1. Copy of CNIC issued by the NADRA or passport issued by the GOV of Pakistan.
  2. Transcripts issued by the university of which the student was previously a student, and verified by the concerned authority of the university.
  3. A copy of the matric result sheet.
  4. A copy of the higher secondary result sheet.
  5. English language proficiency TOEFL (7-7.5), IELTS (100-110), C1 (185-191), C proficiency (185-191).
  6. A head to shoulder colored photograph.
  7. Curriculum vitae describing all the achievements of all sorts in academics, sports, music, prizes, political activity, employment and leadership positions, voluntary work , scholarships and all sorts of community work the Pakistani student has undertaken.
  8. A personal statement describing and answering the question “who are you?” It must be more than 1000 words citing all the Pakistani students’ interests and telling their story. The personal statement is important as it defines how productively the student has utilised their time and how they can be beneficial to not just the university but the world.
  9. Three reference letters from the people who have taught you, because such people can testify and comment on the academic abilities you have cited. Also they can give a clear idea of the students character and their participation in extracurricular activities.
  10. The Pakistani students who are applying for D Phil are required to submit a research proposal.

5.Erasmus Scholarship Programme:

The Erasmus Programme is a student exchange programme established by the European Union (EU) in 1987. The Erasmus + Programme has been newly designed by the European Union which combines together all of the EU’s currently running education  training, youth and sport schemes under the same programme.

No. of Scholarships:Varies from university to university.

Host Country:Partner countries of Erasmus including the United Kingdom.

Level:Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Benefits:Tuition fees,Travel cost.

Host Institute: Partner Universities.

4.Erasmus Scholarship Eligibility Criteria 2022

To apply for exchange studies through the Erasmus Programme; the students must have registration in higher education institutions. The study programme you are enrolled in at that higher education institution must be leading to a recognized degree or other recognized tertiary education degrees such as postgraduate or doctorate level. The institution you are enrolled in must be an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education holder. If you meet this criterion, then you can upload following documents at your chosen hosting institution for Erasmus programme:


UnderGraduate (Exchange Studies)

  • Letter of Motivation: The motivation letter must be at least written in one page. The candidate will explain why he/she is an eligible candidate for Erasmus and what are his/her reasons to participate in the application study programme.
  • Study Plan: Preparatory study plan for the course you are applying in the Erasmus scholarship application.
  • Updated CV
  • Passport
  • Language Proficiency Test Certificate: It depends on the requirements of your hosting institution and your nationality.
  • Transcript of academic records: The list of degrees, certificates and diplomas you have passed previously. The higher secondary school diploma or equivalent degree that must be passed in at least 60 ECTS.
  • Proof of Registration: A documented proof signed by your home institution demonstrating you are currently enrolled there.
  • Recommendation letter: It is optional for undergraduate exchange studies, mainly depends on the requirements of your hosting institution.
  • Candidate’s Recent Photographs

Postgraduate (Masters) Exchange Studies and Degree Studies:

  • Letter of Motivation: Written in one page explain why you are interested in applying to a study programme and why you must be considered eligible for the Erasmus Programme.
  • Study Plan: Preparatory study plan for the course you are applying in the application.
  • Updated CV
  • Passport
  • Language Proficiency Test Certificate: depends on language requirements of your study course, hosting institution and your national language.
  • Transcripts of academic records. The list of degrees, diplomas and certificates you have passed previously. Bachelor’s Degree passed in good grades, minimum grades requirements depends on your hosting institution.
  • Proof of Registration: An official document issued by your home university stating that you currently enrolled there.
  • Recommendation Letter: Optional, depends on your hosting university’s requirement
  • Candidate’s photographs

Postgraduate (PhD) Exchange Studies:

  • Letter of motivation: Written in the same manner as mentioned above for bachelors and masters degrees.
  • Updated CV
  • Passport
  • Language Proficiency Test Certificate: According to language requirements of your hosting institution and study programme.
  • Transcripts of academic records: List of all previously passed degrees including:  Bachelor Degree Certificate (or equivalent, Master Degree Certificate (or equivalent) and Letter of Interest by host university.
  • Academic record/list of publications
  • Study and Research Plan
  • Recommendation letters: compulsory for doctorate students. The letter must be issued by two of the student’s professors.
  • Candidate’s photographs
  • Mobility Activity Plan (MAP): A detailed study plan for research/teaching or training activities.
  • Proof of Registration: Issued by home institution stating that the candidate is currently enrolled there.

University Specific UK scholarships                      

Several renowned UK universities offer effective scholarship programs for Pakistani and other international students:

Cambridge and Oxford are great places to study. Around 1,300 international students representing more than 65 countries are studying in Cambridge University. Beside these two classic institutions some other good options with their scholarship programs are: 

  • Sheffield University Scholarship offers a full (100% discount) or half fee waiver,50% discount on their postgraduate courses.
  • University of the West of Scotland International Scholarship costs nearly £2,000 for undergraduates and postgraduates program
  • The University of Edinburgh Global Masters scholarship charged £3,000 – £5,000 per year
  • University of Leeds   program for International Science and Engineering Undergraduate
  • Scholarship is completed in a fee of £2,000 per year (up to a maximum of £8,000)
  • Newcastle University School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Overseas Scholarship for £ 3,000 per year.
  • University of Glasgow Scholarship for School of Computing Science will cost £5,000 per year

Guide of Popular Scholarships UK 2022 for Pakistani Students 

No. Country  Scholarship name  Apply Date  Category  Eligibility 
1. UK Charles wallace pakistan trust scholarship Not Mentioned  Phd Must be have excellent academic skills
2. UK Developing solution scholarships at University of Nottingham UK for Pakistani students April Masters Pakistani students who have not previously studied from Nottingham University.
3. UK Commonwealth scholarship Pakistan Nov/ Oct  Master, Phd Must be citizen of Pakistan
4. UK Chevening Scholarship  Mid February Masters You must be return back to your native country after study
5. UK Rhodes scholarship for Pakistan students  November Postgraduate  GPA 3.7 or above  
6. UK Sheffield Hallam Transform together scholarship November Undergraduate/ Master  CGPA 2.1
7. UK. kingston university international scholarship  May Bachelors/Masters Degree Candidate should receive offer latter from the university
8. UK Westminster Undergraduate full scholarship  May Undergraduate You must be a student from the International student
9. UK Warwick chancellor’s International Scholarships January  Phd degree Student must be enrolled on a Phd 
10. UK Gates cambridge scholarships for International graduate scholarship 2022 October  Master/ Phd  Research proposal is also required
11. UK Edinburgh global research scholarship 2022 vary Phd Applicant must apply for the full time phd


Consultants at FES can help you guide through all this information and provide you with the right options for you.

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