St Andrews - GREAT Scholarship

Application period opens
Thursday 10 November 2022
Application period closes
Monday 17 April 2023

This exciting scholarship opportunity is open to citizens of China, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico and Thailand. The scheme awards students who aspire to become influential leaders in their future careers, have wide ranging interests outside their studies and have a desire to broaden their personal and academic experience at the University of St Andrews.

Five awards are available, each worth £20,000 towards tuition fees for full time postgraduate taught masters programmes (MSc or MLitt) across all subject areas.

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Please note that other postgraduate programmes, including the Graduate Diploma, are not eligible courses for this scholarship. Online, distance learning or courses delivered at a Scottish university campus overseas are not eligible for the scholarship.

The Selection Committee seeks applicants who are academically excellent and gifted students. The successful scholar will be expected to engage with our Student Ambassadors Scheme and the British Council.

Value of award (per year)

£20,000 towards overseas tuition fees (5 awards)

Duration of award

This award is available for 1 year of postgraduate study.

At what stage of my course application can I apply for this scholarship?

Please apply for the award after you have submitted your application for a place at St Andrews. You do not need to wait until you have received an offer of a place before applying for the award.

Application restrictions

Study level

Available to students studying at:



Available to students studying:

The Scholarship is available for all full time (one year) postgraduate taught master's programmes, but we particularly encourage applicants to MLitt Global Social and Political Thought and MLitt Museum and Heritage Studies.

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Available to faculty members from:

Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, Divinity, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Economics and Finance, English, Film Studies, Graduate School, History, International Education Institute, International Relations, Management, Mathematics and Statistics, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology and Neuroscience, Social Anthropology

Application assessment

Academic merit

Available to

Prospective students

Mode of study

Full time

Geographical criteria

China, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand

Additional criteria

You must have applied for a taught postgraduate masters course: MLitt, MRes, MSc.

Non-masters postgraduate programmes, including the Graduate Diploma, are not eligible courses for this scholarship. Online, distance learning or courses delivered at a Scottish university campus overseas are not eligible for the scholarship.

How to apply

This scholarship is available through the St Leonard's Masters Scholarship application in the Scholarships and Funding catalogue, in the Scholarships and Funding section of My Application.

  • After you have applied to a postgraduate taught masters programme for the 2023-2024 academic year, you must allow 2 working days for processing and issue of your log in details before you can apply for this scholarship.
  • If you are a current student at St Andrews, you can access Scholarships and Funding through MySaint. However, you should wait until after you have applied for your intended postgraduate programme before doing so, to ensure that the scholarship application is linked to the correct course.
  • In the Scholarships and Funding catalogue, apply for the St Leonard's Masters Scholarship.

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Terms and conditions

Please read the University of St Andrews scholarships terms and conditions (opens in new tab)

If applying to this scholarship, please be aware of the following requirements:

  • The Selection Committee seeks applicants who are gifted students with academic excellence.
  • The successful scholars will be expected to fulfil an ambassadorial role and represent the University at a number of events.
  • When completing the application, you should include your reasons for applying for the scholarship, explaining how you would expect to benefit from the opportunities the award provides, and describing how you think you might contribute to the community while studying at the University of St Andrews. Also include details of academic achievements which you believe would make you a good candidate for this scholarship.
  • Recipients of the scholarship will be expected to engage with the British Council as well as our Student Ambassadors Scheme. Work through the scheme is varied, but will likely entail engaging in outreach activities and assisting our Admissions staff with events aimed at prospective students and offer holders to help share your experience of being a student at St Andrews.
  • As part of the application you will also be required to provide one personal and one academic or professional reference; two references in total. These can be in addition to your course application references, but must be uploaded before the deadline. Please contact if you have any queries.

It is extremely important that you apply to us for funding giving complete and accurate information. Your course and funding application are not linked and applying for funding in no way impedes your course application.

When will I know the outcome?

The outcome of your scholarship application will be available on ‘View my applications’ in the Scholarships and Funding section of My Application by May 2023.