GREAT Scholarship

Academic year 2024
Amount £10,000
Essex, South East England


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. It is launched by the British Council together with 49 UK universities, supports postgraduate students from Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, India, Indonesia, Malaysia,
Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam to access world-class UK higher education opportunities. For more information on the GREAT Scholarships 2024-25.

In partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, the University of Essex is proud to be able to offer four (4) University of Essex GREAT Scholarships for applicants from China (Mainland), Malaysia, Pakistan, Thailand. 

The University of Essex GREAT Scholarships 2024-25 are valued at £10,000, which must be used towards the cost of tuition fees for:

  • Any one-year taught Master's (MA, MSc) degree offered at the University of Essex for applicants from China (Mainland), Malaysia, Thailand.

  • And one-year taught Master's degree of Justice and Law at the University of Essex for applicants from Pakistan.

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 socioeconomic 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 must hold a passport from an eligible country (Mainland China, Malaysia, Pakistan, Thailand).

  • Be classed as an overseas fee payer and entirely self-funded.

  • Students receiving a repayable loan to fund their studies will be considered as self-funded.

  • Hold an offer (conditional or unconditional) to start a one-year full time masters degree on the provided subject list starting in October 2024.

  • Have a background of extracurricular activities relating to your 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. 

Students who are not eligible

The following students are NOT eligible for this scholarship regardless of meeting the above criteria:

  • Students undertaking courses at East 15 Acting School.

  • Students who are fully or partly sponsored.

  • These scholarship awards do not apply to deferred entry. Where a scholarship has been awarded to a student who subsequently defers entry to the following academic year, the award will be withdrawn and the applicant will be considered again in line with the terms and conditions that apply in the new proposed year of entry. 

  • Students who are not assessed as paying overseas fees.


Application will close on 31 May 2024


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