Brunel University London – Scholarships and Bursaries for International Students

Brunel University London will be awarding over 400 scholarships and bursaries to home, EU, and international students.

These opportunities come with a broad range of criteria for qualification, and also vary in value, depending on the award.

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About Brunel University London

Brunel University London is located in Uxbridge, north-west London, and is one of the UK’s most ambitious, forward-looking universities, with a strong focus on employability after graduation. Currently home to just under 13,000 students from over 100 countries, Brunel graduates currently benefit from the 13th highest starting salaries upon graduation in the UK.

Almost all courses are available as a four-year ‘sandwich’, with one year’s work placement before graduation, while over £400 million worth of investment has recently been completed to create an exciting state-of-the-art campus providing students with world-class teaching, social, and sports facilities.

The campus is within walking distance of the London underground, just a short 20-minute ride into the city. An Airport Welcome Service at Heathrow will help international students find Brunel at the start of the academic year.

Scholarships and Bursaries Available for International Students

In addition to the offered scholarships and bursaries, Brunel University London offers a range of services for international students that aim to assist them with their academic, personal and social life whilst at the University.

Brunel International is a key contact point for all international students, with over 40 members of staff in various departments able to supplement general academic support.

For new students, Brunel runs a popular 3-day orientation course which is recommended by 95 percent of past participants. Student Services also organizes regular trips, events, and workshops for students, while a personal tutor provides personal support. If you wish to travel to the UK with your family, the university also runs a special family and partners club.

Ever committed to providing educational opportunities for all, Brunel is currently accepting applications from international students for the following scholarships and bursaries:

Banco de Mexico FIDERH Scholarship

Brunel University London and the Mexican Fund for Human Resources Development (FIDERH) have partnered to provide full-time students with Postgraduate taught and Postgraduate research courses with a 15% discount on tuition fees.

The Scholarship is for Mexican students in receipt of a loan or financial support from FIDERH, a trust managed by the Central Bank of Mexico.

The applicant should apply for the program at Brunel in the usual way and apply for a FIDERH loan.

British Council Scholarship for Women in STEM

This scholarship is only available to full-time international students only and will only be paid once for each eligible level of study, subject to meeting progression requirements.

Eight fully funded scholarships are available and shall cover the following:

  • Tuition fees
  • Monthly stipend
  • Travel costs
  • Visa
  • Health coverage fees
  • Child allowance

Brunel Family Discount

A discount of 10% off the tuition fees for every year of the course for any applicant applying for a course starting in 2021/22, who has a direct family connection to a student currently enrolled at the University (‘Current Student’), a Graduate/Alumni of the University, a current member of staff at Brunel or is registering in the same entry year as a sibling.

The discount will only be applied once for each eligible level of study, subject to normal progression criteria having been met. Family is defined as spouse, parent, child, or sibling.  

Brunel Graduate Discount

Brunel has always offered a reduction in Postgraduate tuition fees for our Alumni. The institution’s students who take up postgraduate education may be eligible to receive a 15% graduate discount. Please refer to the Student Financial Policy (1.5.1) for further information.

Brunel Medical School International Scholarship

£6,000 tuition fee waiver, per year. Each scholarship has a total value of £30,000 across the duration of the course, subject to satisfactory progress. The scholarship award will be deducted from tuition fees; it will not be awarded as cash.

Brunel Sanctuary Scholarship

The Brunel Sanctuary Scholarship is a full fee waiver available to full-time students identified as ‘refugees’. As well as a full tuition fee waiver, successful applicants will receive free single occupancy accommodation in one of Brunel’s Halls of Residence’s in standard halls for up to 52 weeks.

Brunel University London Bursary

The Brunel University London Bursary (BULB) is a cash award available to full-time home fee-paying international students beginning Undergraduate courses at Brunel University London and the Brunel Pathway College (BPC) in September and aims to support students from low-income households who are either mature or from an area of deprivation, as identified by the index of multiple deprivations.

Care Leaver Bursary

A bursary worth £2,000 will only be paid once for each eligible level of study, for a maximum of four years; or five years if taking a foundation year or an integrated Masters year, subject to meeting progression requirements (additional payments will not be made during a repeating year, regardless of the reason for repetition).

Chevening External Scholarship

Further information regarding this scholarship and applications should be made via the Chevening Scholarships webpage.

| READ MORE: Chevening Scholarship – All You Need to Know to Study in the UK

COLFUTURO Scholarship for Colombians

Two tuition fee discounts of 50% for two masters or PhD students for a maximum of three years will be given away. In addition, a 15% discount on tuition for all eligible COLFUTURO beneficiaries will be awarded for a period of one year for masters programs and three years for PhD. For more information about this scholarship, refer to the COLFUTURO website.

College of Engineering, Design & Physical Sciences (CEDPS) Academic Excellence Scholarship

Brunel offers £2,000 cash each year for a maximum of three years (or four years of a sandwich course). The scholarship opportunity will only be paid once for each eligible level of study, subject to normal progression criteria having been met (additional payments will not be made during a repeating year, regardless of the reason for repetition). 

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship

Brunel University London proudly supports the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship program. The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship is for candidates from least developed, low, and lower middle income Commonwealth countries, for full time Master’s study on selected courses. 2 scholarships will be awarded at Brunel University London to either MSc Water Engineering and/or MSc Public Health & Health Promotion. 

Dean’s International Scholarship for Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy) and Life Sciences 

In 2016 as part of Brunel’s celebrations of its 50th anniversary, the College of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (CHMLS) introduced the Dean’s Occupational Therapy Scholarship & the Dean’s Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy) Scholarship for international students undertaking Health Science courses. We are happy to continue this scholarship for another year and to extend the scholarship to Life Sciences courses.

Doctoral research studentships

Research studentships may be available across the full range of Brunel’s research activities. A studentship provides funding for course fees and a stipend for living expenses set by the Research Councils. Please note that award numbers and amounts vary each year and in each College. Check the Research Degree funding web page for details and eligibility information.

Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Scholarship Programme

This rugby scholarship program is in conjunction with Brunel University London, allowing you to gain a degree to set you up for the rest of your life academically, as well as pursuing a professional rugby career with a full-time rugby program.

Benefits include:

  • cash bursary/financial assistance with university accommodation and tuition fees (based on scholarship application and Rugby CV)
  • weekly elite level coaching from Ealing Trailfinders team of professional coaches
  • free access to coach Logic analysis platformBespoke strength & conditioning programme set by Ealing Trailfinders S&C coaches
  • medical support from Brunel’s and Ealing Trailfinders’ medical teams
  • sports psychology support
  • placement in university accommodation next to Brunel sports facilities with other sport scholars
  • free membership  to Brunel’s sports facilities including the Indoor Athletics Centre and strength & conditioning gym
  • free access to Brunel’s Lancaster Hotel spa facilities on campus which include ice pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room
  • free Brunel sports scholarship and Ealing Trailfinders training kit
  • free season ticket access to Ealing Trailfinders’ Greene King IPA Championship campaign
  • work experience and networking opportunities to support your degree
  • access to industry professionals and education to teach life skills associated with becoming a performance scholar

Early Payment Discount

All students who are responsible for paying their own course fees in full, and who pay the full amount of fees due at or before their scheduled date of registration, may receive an early payment discount of 2% on the net course fee i.e after the application of any other discounts to which they may be entitled. Further details can be found in the Student Financial Policy.

FINS SCHEME- Educational Loan for EU Students

The FINS scheme offers study loans designed to meet real student needs, this is an extremely important step towards enabling EU students with a lack of money to pursue higher education. The scheme was introduced to Brunel in 2021 and is open to EU students who have received an offer to study on a full-time Undergraduate or Postgraduate course starting in September 2021.

The study loan is flexible and can be used for the following:

  • Tuition fee finance
  • Monthly living costs of meals and rent (including rent deposit)
  • Books and other study materials
  • Laptop
  • Medical Insurance
  • Transportation
  • Urgent expenses

International Excellence Scholarship

Brunel University London is pleased to offer a prestigious package of scholarships for international students. The scholarship scheme is for fully self-funded students only and is based on overall academic merit and professional experience. We will award scholarships to applicants who most closely meet or exceed the criteria for the award.

Postgraduate: £6,000 as a tuition fee waiver applied to the first year of study only.

Undergraduate: £6,000 as a tuition fee waiver, each year for a maximum of three years. The Scholarship will be paid once for each eligible level of study, subject to normal progression criteria having been met (additional payments will not be made during a repeating year, regardless of the reason for repetition).

Life Long Learning Bursary

The Life Long Learning Bursary seeks to encourage mature students who might otherwise be unable to undertake Undergraduate study, to apply to and successfully complete an undergraduate degree. The bursary is available to Home fee-paying applications who will be the age of 25 or over on the course start date, and who are beginning Undergraduate courses at Brunel University London and the Brunel Pathway College (BPC) in September 2021. Priority in allocating the award will be given to students who at the time of application are residents of the London Borough of Hillingdon, Care Leavers, or are residents in an area of deprivation (as defined by the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) 2019 Quintiles 1 and 2).

Value: Full fee waiver for each level of study. The bursary will only be paid once for each eligible level of study, subject to normal progression criteria having been met (additional payments will not be made during a repeating year, regardless of the reason for repetition).

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MBA Scholarship (Full-time & Part-time)

The Brunel Business School (BBS) is offering a number of prestigious scholarships and bursaries for UK and overseas (including EU) applicants joining the Brunel MBA in September 2021 and January 2022 of the 2021/22 academic year. Brunel Pathway College (BPC) and Brunel Language Centre (BLC) students can apply for this scholarship after successful completion of their pre-masters course.

The Full-Time MBA Scholarship: is a £7,000 tuition fee waiver for one year only.

The Full-Time African Continent MBA Scholarship: is a £12,135 (50% tuition fee) tuition fee waiver for one year only. 

The Part-Time MBA Scholarship (Corporate/Private sector) is a £9,000 tuition fee waiver for a maximum of two years only, split equally across both academic years, £4,500 per year.

The Part-Time MBA Scholarship (Public/Government) is an £11,000 tuition fee waiver for a maximum of two years only, split equally across both academic years, £5,500 per year.

How many: We are offering 30 scholarships for the full-time MBA, 5 scholarships for the African Continent MBA, and 20 scholarships for the part-time MBA program.

MSc Data Science & Analytics and MSc Artificial Intelligence Scholarship

The Department of Computer Science is proud to offer a scholarship funded by the Office for Students (OfS) for applicants registering on the MSc Data Science & Analytics, MSc Artificial Intelligence, and the PG Cert Data Science (the first stage of the Staged Masters) programs in 2021/22. The scholarship aims to provide funding for 15 applicants who are classified by under-represented (UR) criteria.

  • The full-time scholarship is a £10,000 cash award, for one academic year split equally between three instalments.
  • The part-time scholarship is a £5,000 cash award, per year split equally between three instalments per year, with a total of 6 payments, three per year for a maximum of two academic years, subject to meeting progression criteria outlined in Section 4.
  • Applicants on the Staged Masters will be awarded £3,333 for each year of the Staged masters. Staged Masters applicants must complete the three stages of the Masters programme consecutively, with no breaks to be eligible; for all three payments. The payment will be split equally between three instalments per year, with a total of 9 payments, three per year for a maximum of three academic years, subject to meeting progression criteria outlined in Section 4

Music Awards 

Music award holders have all or part of the cost of their individual music tuition covered throughout their period of study at Brunel. The Awards are open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students irrespective of their area of study. Music awards are available to singers and instrumentalists.

NSIRC Scholarship

The full-time scholarship is a full fee waiver for Home and EU applicants and a partial fee waiver for 10 international applicants, for one year only:

UK / EU applicants: £9,650

Overseas applicants: £10,000

Only part-time Home and EU applicants will be considered for the part-time scholarship, the tuition fee waiver will be split  across both academic years, for a maximum of two years only:

UK / EU PT applicants: full fee waiver (with a total discount of £9790 split across both academic years, £4825 in Year 1 and £4965 in Year 2).

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PGCE Access Bursary

The PGCE Access Bursary is available to up to 20 full-time Home fee-paying students beginning a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Primary Education or Secondary Education (Physical Education) at Brunel University London in September 2021. Other PGCE courses are excluded from this bursary due to the availability of Government-funded bursaries.

Value: £2,500 cash award, awarded once for the duration of the course (additional payments will not be made during a repeating year, regardless of the reason for repetition).

Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship

The Postgraduate Academic Excellence scholarships and bursaries are available for students on Postgraduate Taught (PGT) courses at Brunel University London and are available to all Home, EU, and Overseas fee-paying students who have obtained a First Class undergraduate degree. It offers a 15% tuition discount for the following people:

  • from a UK University, either in the UK or at an overseas campus or
  • obtained the equivalent of a UK First Class degree from an EU institution

Postgraduate Care Leaver Bursary

The Postgraduate Care Leaver Bursary hopes to encourage care leavers to progress to and successfully complete a Postgraduate Taught course.  

Value: £5,000 cash or a fee waiver.

How many: 1 Bursary is available

Sports Scholarship Programme

Brunel’s sports scholarships headline the elite student sport package offering funding up to £3,000 and on-campus support to the very best students at the top of their sporting discipline.

The Bernardine Evaristo Scholarship

The Department of Arts and Humanities is proud to offer a 100% tuition fee scholarship waiver funded by Professor Bernardine Evaristo, for Home fee-paying applicants registering on the part-time MA Creative Writing course starting in September 2021/2 at Brunel University London. This scholarship aims to provide funding for applicants who are from a Black or Asian ethnic group, who are currently under-represented in publishing.

Unpaid Placement Bursary

The Unpaid Placement Bursary is a £3,000 cash award available to 50 full-time Home paying students who commence a course at Brunel University London and the Brunel Pathways College (BPC) in 2021/22.

The scholarships and bursaries award will only be applied when the student progresses to the Placement year (Year 3 for FSN (thin sandwich) courses, Year 3 for FSK (thick sandwich) courses, or Year 4 for those taking a placement in Year 4), provided they were awarded a Brunel University London Bursary, Brunel Sanctuary Scholarship or a Care Leaver Bursary in a previous academic year and will only be paid once for that level of study.

Urban Scholarship

The Urban Scholarship is funded by donations and is specifically for full-time Home fee-paying applicants who have taken part in the Urban Scholars program, and are beginning Undergraduate study at Brunel University London in September. 

Value: £3,000 cash each year for a maximum of three years.

The Scholarship will only be paid once for each eligible level of study, subject to normal progression criteria having been met (additional payments will not be made during a repeating year, regardless of the reason for repetition).

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How to Apply

In order to start your application process for Brunel scholarships and bursaries, please refer to the application instructions for international students. The requirements and details can be found on the official Scholarships and Bursaries application webpage of Brunel University London.


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