Fees and Funding


GREAT Scholarship


The details
Postgraduate taught
Bangladesh, Brunei, China, Nepal, Sri Lanka

The GREAT Scholarships 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 six (6) University of Essex GREAT Scholarships for applicants from Bangladesh, Brunei, China, Nepal and Sri Lanka. There is one scholarship available for Bangladesh, Brunei, China and Sri Lanka and two available for Nepal.

The University of Essex GREAT Scholarships 2022 are valued at £10,000, which must be used towards the cost of tuition fees for any one-year taught Master's (MA, MSc or LLM) degree offered at the University of Essex for Bangladesh, China, Nepal and Sri Lanka, and in any climate change discipline offered at the University of Essex for Brunei; which are listed below:

  • MA / MSc Environmental Futures & Climate Change
  • MA Environment, Society & Culture
  • MA Wild Writing: Literature, Landscape and the Environment
  • MA International Development
  • MSc Quantitative International Development

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 act as a spokesperson in the relevant subject space
  • Willing to establish an engagement with the UK as a scholar, through personal and academic fulfilment
  • Willing to attend related events in the UK upon invitation from the British Council
  • Willing to demonstrate future contribution to capacity-building and socio-economic advancement in the climate change space through the benefits achieved after graduating from UK higher education
  • As an alumnus of the UK, be willing occasionally to speak to potential candidates about his or her own experience of studying in the UK.


You can apply if you:

  • hold a passport from an eligible country (Bangladesh, Brunei, China, Nepal or Sri Lanka)
  • are classed as an overseas student for fee purposes
  • already hold an offer (conditional or unconditional) to start a one-year full-time master's degree in October 2022 on the provided subject list
  • have a background of extracurricular activities relating to your chosen subject area and a evidenced interest in combatting climate change when applying from Brunei

How to apply

You can apply for the award by completing an application form (.docx) and submitting it to GREATScholarships2021@essex.ac.uk

To help you prepare, we have outlined the information you will need below:

Personal details and application information

You will need your:

  • Essex Application ID (if you’re a Postgraduate Student)
  • course or programme of study you’ve been accepted for
  • name
  • email address
  • nationality
  • country of residence
  • current or most recent educational institution
  • details of any other funding you are due to receive
  • a copy of your passport

Application information

There are three questions which you will need to complete. The maximum word count for each question is 200 words. The questions are:

1. We are looking to support the brightest and best individuals who will actively contribute to the development of their home nation in the future. Please describe any special attributes or accomplishments that you think make you deserving of a University of Essex GREAT Scholarship 2022?

This could be any academic or extra-curricular achievements, as well as your reasons for applying to the scholarship programme and, (if applying from Brunei), why you want to study a subject related to climate change.

2. We are looking for scholars who will be great ambassadors for the University of Essex. Please give an example of when you have recently contributed to your community

This could be your School or University, where you live, or any other community you feel a part of.

3. We would like to support students who have clear goals for their future. Please explain how studying your chosen programme at the University of Essex will help you to shape your plans after graduation?

Explain what has attracted you to study at the University of Essex, as well as outlining your ultimate career goals.

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 2022-23 entry. (.pdf)


  • Applications for the University of Essex-GREAT Scholarship 2022 is 31 May 2022.
  • Successful applicants will be contacted on or before 24 June 2022.

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