GREAT Scholarships 2021

In partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, the University of Derby is offering 2 scholarships to students in India and China applying for postgraduate courses starting in September 2021. 

The GREAT Scholarships 2021 programme, launched by the British Council together with 41 UK universities, supports postgraduate students from Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand to access world-class UK higher education opportunities.

The scholarship programme offers financial support of a minimum of £10,000 to students pursuing one year postgraduate study in the UK. Students can apply for courses in a range of subjects, at the 41 institutions across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

How to apply

Applications for the British Council GREAT scholarship will be made separately, after you have received an offer. As part of your application you will need to send an essay, which should be submitted as either a Word or PDF document. For this essay, please write no more than 500 words about a topic you have studied previously and why you found it interesting. This topic should be related to or have inspired you to apply for your chosen degree programme. This essay will be part of the shortlisting criteria, alongside previous academic achievement, and the potential you show.

Please submit your essay to Please ensure that when submitting your application you include in the body of the email your full name, application number, and the course you have applied for. Please note only applications received by 23:59 BST on 1 June 2021 will be considered.

Please note that applicants should be passport holders of China or India.

For more information on the GREAT Scholarships 2021, please visit Study UK and the British Council website in your country.

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Thailand student Pongtorn Thudee

Being chosen for the GREAT scholarship was awesome! I feel very proud for both myself and my family. I am really thankful to the University and British Council, I’ll do my best make the most of the knowledge I gain.

Pongtorn Thudee
MA Music Production, from Thailand

Profile of a GREAT Scholar

On return:

International male student at the University of Derby's welcome event held at the Sport Centre, Kedleston Road.
Group of international students attending the welcome event held at the Sport Centre, Kedleston Road.
International female student at the international welcome event held at the University of Derby at the Sport Centre, KedlestonRoad
Ula Tang-Plowman

Ula Tang-Plowman
Senior International Officer

Contact Ula if you want to know more about what it's like to live and study in Derby or have any questions about making an application.


+44 (0) 1332 591446

+44 (0) 7810 154788

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Sim (Madalin Simeria)
Senior International Officer

Contact Sim if you want to know more about what it's like to live and study in Derby or have any questions about making an application.


+44 7795 020497
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