UK govt announces 75 scholarships to mark India’s independence anniversary

Chevening scholarships for a one-year Master’s programme are available, providing the option to study any subject at a UK university.

In honour of India’s 75th anniversary of independence, the UK government has partnered with major Indian corporations to give 75 fully-funded scholarships for Indian students to study in the UK beginning in September.

Chevening scholarships for a one-year Master’s programme are available, providing the option to study any subject at a UK university. Furthermore, the British Council in India offers around 18 scholarships for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) — encompassing over 12,000 programmes at more than 150 UK universities.

In addition to this, the British Council is sponsoring six English scholarships. According to the UK government, this is the biggest number of fully financed scholarships awarded for the one-year Master’s programme to date. Companies supporting this programme to commemorate India’s 75th year of independence include HSBC, Pearson India, Hindustan Unilever, Tata Sons, and Duolingo.

As part of the 75 scholarships, HSBC India will fund 15 scholarships. Pearson India will sponsor two, while Hindustan Unilever, Tata Sons, and Duolingo will each sponsor one.

Since 1983, the Chevening scheme has been the UK government’s international awards initiative, available in 150 countries and focused on training global leaders. With over 3,500 graduates, India’s Chevening programme is the largest in the world.

The fully-funded scholarships for a one-year postgraduate study cover tuition, living expenses, and travel costs. Candidates must have at least two years of work experience to be eligible for the prize, and more information will be accessible on the Chevening website.

According to the UK government, education is one of the mainstays of the diaspora, a live bridge between the UK and India that binds individuals through shared values and affinities. As per the most recent official statistics, approximately 108,000 study visas were awarded to Indian nationals in the fiscal year ending March 2022, substantially doubling the previous year’s total.

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