Clearing 2021
Fees and Funding


GREAT Scholarship


The details
Postgraduate taught
Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand

The GREAT Scholarship programme is a joint initiative by the British Council and the UK Government, designed to attract some of the brightest postgraduates from around the world to study at UK universities.

In partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, the University of Essex is proud to be able to offer ten (10) GREAT - Scholarships - University of Essex 2021-22 for applicants from Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand. There is one scholarship available for each country.

This scholarship is valued at £10,000, which must be used towards the cost of tuition fees for a one-year taught Master's (MA, MSc or LLM) degree in any discipline offered at the University of Essex.

In addition to the normal criteria for admission to the chosen University of Essex Master’s degree, a GREAT Scholar must be:

  •  active in the field with work experience or with a proven interest in the proposed subject area
  • able to demonstrate their motivation and academically be able to follow and benefit from an Essex postgraduate taught course
  • willing to embody the UK Higher Education experience, by attending lectures and tutorials and engaging with extra-curricular activities, and act as an ambassador for UK Higher Education, by promoting the value of studying at a UK HEI
  • willing to demonstrate future contribution to capacity-building and socio-economic advancement through the benefits achieved after graduating from UK higher education
  • willing to maintain contact with the British Council and act as an ambassador for the GREAT Scholarships, by sharing experiences of studying in the UK with future GREAT scholars


You can apply if you:

  • You must be permanently domiciled in Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka or Thailand;
  • Be classed as an international student for fee purposes;
  • Hold an offer (conditional or unconditional) to start a one year full time Master’s degree on the provided subject list starting in October 2021;
  • Have a background of extracurricular activities relating to your chosen subject area;
  • Only one scholarship award can be made per student and the award cannot normally be held in conjunction with other University of Essex awards.

How to apply

Please complete the application form (.docx) and submit to Friday 30 April 2021. Successful applicants will be contacted on or before Monday 21 June 2021.

To help you prepare, there is further information within the terms and conditions with regards to completing the application form.

Full details

Please read the full terms and conditions before applying for or accepting a scholarship or bursary. They contain important information about eligibility, how you'll receive your funding and whether this award can be combined with others or not.

GREAT Scholarship terms and conditions for 2021-22 entry. (.pdf)

If you're a current student looking for information about an award you received, see our terms and conditions for previous years.