International Prospective Taught Students

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Funding and Scholarships

International Prospective Taught Students

Please click the links below for information for International Students about studying at Queen’s University, tuition fees and other news and events:
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Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are for candidates from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries, for part-time Masters study by distance learning on selected courses offered by UK Universities. 

Queen’s University Belfast has five Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships to support scholars commencing the MSc Global Food Security (Food Safety) in September 2018.

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Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme (DFID Award)

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are offered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in partnership with UK universities. These scholarships are intended for students from eligible developing Commonwealth countries, who would not otherwise be able to afford to undertake Master’s level study in the UK, to gain skills and knowledge which will allow them to contribute to the development of their home countries.

The University has three Commonwealth Shared Scholarships to support scholars commencing their studies in 2019-20. Details about the eligible Masters courses, the application process for both the place and a Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for 2019 entry will be available week commencing 7 January 2019.

The scholarship covers the student’s tuition fees, a maintenance grant and travel costs.  Additional allowances for spouses or other dependents are not usually available. Only students from developing. Commonwealth countries are eligible to apply.

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School Funding Opportunities

Some Schools in Queen's may have studentships / bursaries available outside the centrally allocated awards. Applicants should ensure that they check the website of the relevant School regularly for details of available School funding.

British Chevening Awards

The aim of these awards is to bring to the UK present and future leaders, decision-makers and opinion-formers, including particularly able students from countries with which the UK’s economic relations are expected to develop. Preference is given to candidates already established in a career. Awards are given annually to students from a wide variety of countries and can cover all or part of the cost. You must be resident in your home country when you apply for an award.

Some of the awards are jointly funded with private companies, universities, trusts, foundations and other grant-making organisations. These are usually advertised locally in those countries where the awards are offered.

For information on applying visit the website here.

Timeline for appliation process coming soon!

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

You may be eligible for these awards if you are a citizen of either a Commonwealth country or a British dependent territory. The awards are for postgraduate study or postgraduate research. Awards are from one to three years and usually cover the cost of travel, tuition and living expenses. In some cases additional allowances may be available for help with books or clothes. An allowance may be paid to help you with the cost of maintaining your spouse.

To apply, contact the Commonwealth Scholarship Agency in your own country. (Addresses of Agencies are listed in the Commonwealth Universities Yearbook, Appendix II) If you are already in the UK contact the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), John Foster House, 36 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PF for general information and advice on where to get an application form.

British Council Fellowship Programmes

These awards are for postgraduate study or postgraduate research and range from short attachments to research leading to a PhD. The awards vary in size from small grants to fellowships which will cover tuition fees and living expenses.

The British Council Director in your own country decides the subject areas that will be eligible for an award and selects the candidates. You must apply to the British Council office in your own country for an award and you usually need to be a national and resident of the country where you are applying. If you are considered for a grant, you will be interviewed in your own country.

To apply, contact the British Council Office.

Queen's International Scholarships

There is a range of Queen's scholarships available each year for International Students. Click here for details.

Convocation Studentship

This Studentship was established in 2010 by Convocation, Queen's University Belfast to promote the involvement of Convocation in the University and to strengthen ties between the graduate body and Convocation. One studentship, tenable for one year, will be awarded to a maximum value of £2,000 and will normally be awarded annually to one student. The award is not automatically renewable however a student may reapply in consecutive years.

Applicants must be graduates of Queen's University Belfast and eligible to be members of Convocation. Applicants must also already be accepted to study for a postgraduate research qualification (PhD, MSc and MPhil) at Queen's University in any discipline.

The student is open to full-time postgraduate students only. The studentship can only be awarded to an applicant not already holding any other form of award for their postgraduate studies.

Applicants must hold a good honours degree (minimum standard 2.1 or above) and should complete an application form which can be found on the Convocation Studentship Page.

The deadline for 2016 applications was 5pm on 31 August.

United States and Canada

George J. Mitchell Scholarships - US Citizens

The US-Ireland Alliance has established a prestigious, competitive, national scholarship to enable American university students to study at universities on the island of Ireland. The George J. Mitchell Scholarships, named in honour of the former Senator's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, are intended to interest and involve the next generation of America's leaders in the US-Ireland relationship. These Scholarships will allow Americans to pursue one year of post-graduate study at institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The Scholarships will be awarded to students who have shown both academic distinction and the potential for leadership. There are no restrictions as to academic field of study.

The brochure and application for these scholarships can be obtained here.

British Marshall Scholarships - US Citizens

The Scheme was set up as a practical expression of the British people's appreciation of the aid given by the USA under the Marshall Plan. Up to 40 new awards are made each year.

The awards are open to US citizens under 26 years old who are graduates of US universities, to undertake study in any subject leading to a degree at a UK university. Awards are made on a competitive basis and are for two years in the first instance, renewable for a third year in certain circumstances. The awards cover air fares, tuition fees, maintenance, book, thesis and travel allowances.

Application forms are obtainable from US universities and colleges, or from British Consulates General in the USA, or British Information Services, 845 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022, USA.

If you are already in the UK, contact Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, John Foster House, 36 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PF or visit the website or contact 1 800 488 2235 or email:

Fulbright Scholarships - US Citizens

American citizens with a minimum of 3.5 GPA in their Bachelors degree should apply for Fulbright awards for study in the UK. Some awards are subject specific, e.g. MBA’s, Pharmaceutical Studies, Fashion Design and Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Details and application forms are available at Fulbright Awards or from The Institute of International Education, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017-3580, USA. Telephone (212) 984 5330. Closing date for applications is in October of the preceding year of study. Information is also available on their website.

Mary McNeill Scholarship - US and Canadian Citizens

Mary McNeill, author of The life and times of Mary Ann McCracken, and a leading figure in the Irish Association, was a distinguished Irish historian.  This scholarship is founded in her memory.

Two scholarships to the value of £3,000 each are available for well–qualified students enrolling in the one–year MA in Irish Studies at the Queen’s University of Belfast in September 2019.  This scholarship is open only to residents of the USA or Canada, enrolling as overseas students on this MA course, and will take the form of a fee bursary covering part of their studnet fees.

Applications will be judged by a panel chaired by the Director of Irish Studies on the basis of academic merit and reasons for taking the course.

Closing date for applications is 3rd May 2019, by 5pm UK time.

Download an Application Form: ‌McNeill Scholarship 2019

Other Nationalities

Applicants should enquire about the Sino-British Friendship Scholarship Scheme by contacting the Cultural Section of the British Embassy or the British Council.

Hong Kong
Applicants should enquire about Hong Kong scholarships from the Hong Kong Management Association.

Kurdistan Province
The Human Capacity Development Program in Higher Education (HCDP) is an ambitious program that aims to develop human capacities in Kurdistan Region in the field of higher education.  It provides a fair opportunity for thousands of distinguished young men and women to continue their education in internationally renowned universities.  You can get further information via the KRG-Scholarship program web page.  Please note applicants for this funding must hold an Unconditional offer of a place in the University in order to be eligible to apply.

Applicants should enquire about British Scholarships from the Assistant Representative of the Office of the Counsellor for Cultural and British Council Affairs.

Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries
Applicants should apply through their own governments for European Community ACP Awards. Enquiries should be addressed to Directorate-General VIII, Commission of the European Communities.

European Community Schemes

The European Commission makes some awards to students from developing countries. For further information, contact the European Commission office in your own country, or write to the European Commission, Directorate Generale III, Rue de la Loi 200, B-1049 Brussels, Belgium.

International Agencies

Some international organisations such as UNESCO and WHO operate schemes, usually for developing countries. Details should be available from your own government's ministry of education.

The Higginson Leadership Award

The Higginson Leadership Award was founded by a gift in 1954 from Wing-Commander John S Higginson, MA, CBE, OBE, who lived at Ballyward Lodge near Castlewellan in Co Down.  Wing-Commander Higginson was an RAF veteran of the Second World War, whose post-war activities became increasingly philanthropic in nature, focusing in particular on improving services and facilities for the youth of Northern Ireland. Wing-Commander Higginson died in November 2000, but the award has been re-launched by his nephew and heir Andrew Higginson OBE, who has assumed the role of Trustee. Andrew Higginson is Director of Higginson Associates Ltd, London-based Consultants in Conflict Resolution, Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Assistance.

The purpose of the award is to encourage a sense of social responsibility and inspirational leadership among students and alumni of the University, and to support stand alone activities or ventures, rather than extending the students own studies or participation in projects already established by others, which will demonstrate initiative and the ability to inspire or act as a role model for others. Preference will be given to projects or proposals involving developmental or humanitarian aid overseas, in a post-conflict environment.  

Applicants must be enrolled as Queen’s students at the application closing date.

Awards made are normally in the region of £3000.

Students who have received the Higginson Leadership Award in recent years have led teams on projects to build resource centres and help impoverished communities in Romania, Kenya, Bolivia, Thailand, Uganda and Mostar in many interesting and beneficial ways.

This award is normally advertised in November with a closing date for Stage 1 applications in January and Stage 2 applications in March.

Further details and application forms may be downloaded from the web or obtained by emailing a request to

Awards are subject to funding availability.