Funding options and scholarships for postgraduate international students

  • Oxford Brookes offers a range of scholarships to international postgraduate students who pay international fees.
  • Information about September 2018 scholarships will be released shortly. Please check back soon for more information. 


     Some of our faculties and departments offer scholarships towards taught master's programmes for UK, EU and international students.  Information about future scholarships will be advertised here when there are awards available so please check back.

    Below are details of those currently available for courses starting in September 2018:

    MA International Relations

    Applications are now open for three Departmental scholarships available for our MA International Relations, MA International Security and our brand-new MA International Relations (Distance Learning) course.

    One scholarship is available to an international student who is intending to study on either the MA International Relations or the MA International Security. This will be worth the value of home/EU student fees (£6,120) with the remaining balance of £8,160 to be paid by the scholarship holder themselves. This is open to students intending to start their course in September 2018.

    To find out more, please visit the faculty web pages.

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    de Rohan Scholarship - September 2018 entry

    For September 2018 entry, we are pleased to offer the de Rohan Scholarship to students  studying the MA Creative Writing, MA English, or MA History in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

    Applications will only be accepted from students who have already been made a conditional or unconditional offer by Oxford Brookes University.

    You should apply for your place on the course and then submit your scholarship application.


    The deadline for receipt of applications is midnight on Monday 25 June 2018. They should be emailed or posted to the address stated on the forms below.

    The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the personal statement. You should clearly explain why you are following the MA course; what you hope to contribute to the course and the discipline; and what you hope achieving the MA will contribute to your career and/or personal development.

    Please find the application form, notes for guidance and background to the scholarship below.

    Download Application Form (includes Notes for Guidance)

    Download Background to Scholarship


    Oxford Brookes University is committed to the development of student sporting excellence, and the Sports Scholarships provided by Santander aim to support elite athletes through their time at the University.  

    More details about the scheme can be found here, while the Sports Team's pages provide further information about its operation, including how to apply.  

    If you have already graduated from Oxford Brookes, you may be eligible for a 10% tuition fee discount on postgraduate tuition fees.

    Please see our 10% discount page for further information.

    If a member of your family has attended Oxford Brookes you may be eligible for a 10% discount on your tuition fees. 

    Terms and conditions apply, please see our 10% discount page for further information. 

    If two or more members of immediate family are studying and paying fees at Oxford Brookes at the same time, we will deduct 10% from your tuition fees for each family member.

    This discount is open to all family members (siblings and spouses) who are categorised as 'overseas' for fees purposes. For more information please contact the Student Finance team.

    If you have completed one of these courses at Oxford Brookes: 

    and are renewing your visa to join an Oxford Brookes postgraduate course in 2017-18, the University will pay the costs of renewing your Tier 4 visa, as follows:

    • £457, if it is renewed in the UK
    • £335, if it is renewed outside the UK

    To claim this discount students should apply by email to the Student Finance Office after receiving their visa for their new course. They must provide a copy of their passport or their new visa, which must be dated after they have finished their previous course.

    If they have applied in the UK they must show their new visa on a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) or visa card. If they have applied outside the UK they must show the visa sticker in their passport.

    Unless a request is made no discount will be awarded. The discount will be debited against your tuition fees. If your fees have already been paid in full a refund will be arranged. Only one visa renewal discount will be awarded per course.

    The Rotary District 1090 has a call for applications for Rotary Scholarships for postgraduate studies in the academic year 2018-2019.   The scholarship is for $30,000 (US dollars) and is open to applicants from outside the UK, from low- to middle-income countries, who plan to study in 2018-19 within the Thames Valley. 


    The criteria include an academic focus on one of the following:

    • Peace and conflict prevention / resolution
    • Disease prevention and treatment
    • Water and sanitation
    • Maternal and child health
    • Literacy and basic education
    • Economic and community development

    Further information can be found on the Rotary website.  

    Name of scholarship Notes Contact

    British Council Fellowships

    Funded by the British Council

    Awarded for postgraduate study or research.

    Range from short attachments to research leading to a PhD.

    Awarded by the local British Council Director; he or she decides the subject areas that will be eligible for a grant and selects the candidates.

    You must apply to the British Council Office in your own country for a fellowship, and you are usually required to be a national and a resident of the country in which you apply.

    If you are considered for a grant, you will be interviewed in your own country.

    your local British Council office

    UK scholarship schemes

    Many British Council offices administer scholarship schemes that are only open to nationals from a particular country. Your local British Council office should be able to give you information about these schemes.

    You may also be eligible to apply for one of our partial scholarships available for international students who pay international fees.

    your local British Council office

    Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)

    Funded by the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    Assists Commonwealth students and academics of high intellectual calibre to study in other Commonwealth countries.

    Around 400 students come to the UK each year under the scheme.

    You may be eligible for a Commonwealth Scholarship if you are a citizen of either a Commonwealth country (but not the Commonwealth of Independent States), or a British dependent territory.

    Scholarships are primarily intended for postgraduate study or research. Candidates should hold a good honours degree or equivalent qualification appropriate for admission to their proposed course of study.

    If there are no undergraduate courses in a particular subject in your own country or regional university, it may sometimes be possible for you to apply to do a first degree course under this scheme.

    Fellowships are usually for established teachers in universities or medical schools for study at post-doctoral level. They are not awarded for degree or diploma courses.

    Commonwealth Scholarships website

    British Chevening Scholarships

    Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    Provides awards for present and future leaders, decision-makers and opinion-formers, in particular from countries with whom the UK's economic relations are expected to develop.

    Awards are for one-year diploma and master's courses in various fields.

    Selection of candidates is carried out by British Embassies and High Commissions in consultation with the local British Council Director.

    You should therefore be in residence in your home country when you apply.

    Chevening scholarship website

    Marshall Scholarships

    Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    Available to United States citizens, who have obtained first degrees from an accredited university or college in the US within the last 3 years, to undertake study in any subject leading to a degree at a UK university.

    Selection is by regional committee in the USA.

    Marshall Scholarship website

    Fulbright Graduate Student Awards

    Funded by the Department for Education and Employment and the US government

    Available to US-based graduate students for study in the UK.

    Preference is given to outstanding graduate students of academic or artistic excellence who are potential leaders in their field and have good reasons for coming to the UK.

    Applicants are advised to apply to more than one university and to check and adhere to university deadlines which differ from institution to institution.

    Fulbright awards can also be combined with other awards (e.g. ORS) to cover more than one year of study.

    Fulbright Program website

    Said Foundation Scholarships

    Funded through a partnership between the Said Foundation and Oxford Brookes University

    These are available to Jordanian, Lebanese, Syrian or Palestinian students.

    Up to three scholarships can be awarded to Oxford Brookes students in each year for taught master’s or master’s by research courses in any field. The scholarships will cover tuition fees and a maintenance allowance.

    Candidates must agree to apply the skills and knowledge they have gained in one of the Said Foundation's target countries. The decision on who should receive the scholarships is made by the Said Foundation, who will take into account the usefulness of their subjects to the Middle East, the excellence and future potential of the candidates and their financial need.

    The Said Foundation

    Other scholarships

    Other sources of funding are available from such bodies as the British Council, the Department for International Development, the Department of Education and Employment and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Good sources of information are your local British Council office and the Council for International Education (UKCISA) or


    Research studentships within the University are offered from time to time.

    When available, studentships are advertised on or on the on the Research Degrees Team funding web pageOther help and advice can be found on the Research Degrees Team website, or you can phone them on +44 (0) 1865 484244 or email