The British Scholarship Trust offers funding for from 1 to 3 months. Applicants should be registered for a Masters or Doctorate in their home country and should normally be under 30 years of age, but exceptional circumstances may be considered.

The grant for the current year is £1000 per month for universities outside London and £1200 for institutions in London, where living costs are higher. The grant is intended to cover living expenses. The grants are modest but students can be expected to live reasonably comfortably on the grant. Tuition fees are NOT covered but some other fees charged by the host institution (bench fees, library use, etc.) may be met by the Trust. Travel expenses to and from the host institution are covered by the candidates themselves or by their home institutions.


Main Research Grants

These grants are for students engaged on research projects in their home countries who wish to spend a period of time at a UK university with expertise in their area of interest. This may involve being attached to a group carrying out research in that area. Applicants are asked to make contact with the main researcher at that university. Their teachers at their home university may be able to offer assistance and advice in facilitating these contacts.

Library grants 

These grants are for a visit of 4 weeks only, and are intended to support candidates whose home institutions may not have the library resources needed for the student’s research. UK university libraries do not normally charge for visiting students, but visitors cannot borrow books.


I was a research fellow at the Doctoral School for Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow. During my stay there, I have improved my programming skills, and also I have learned a lot from my mentor Brian Barrett. I am very grateful for this opportunity because I have improved my doctoral thesis during my stay in the UK, and I met a lot of new people with whom I am still in touch.

Nikolina Mijić

Geodesy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2017-18

I would like to express my gratitude to the British Scholarship Trust for the unique opportunity I had. The students at our Department in Tuzla will also benefit as I shall be able to pass on my newly-acquired knowledge to them. Establishing contacts with esteemed colleagues from other parts of Europe is of invaluable benefit for me personally as well.

Nihada Delibegović

Linguistics, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2009-10