Scotland Government Scholarships for International Students

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The Saltire Scotland Government Scholarships offers international students from eligible countries to study in Scotland at a reduced fee. The scholarships offer 50 support funding scholarships for citizens from Pakistan, USA, Canada, China, India and Japan to compete for the 50 scholarships position. read the guidelines below to submit your application.

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About the Scotland Government Scholarships

Scotland’s Government (Saltire) Scholarships are an incredible opportunity to study in a country with world-leading universities and a long tradition of academic excellence. The chosen scholars are people who aspire to become influential leaders in their future careers. They have wide ranging interests outside their studies and a desire to broaden their personal and academic experience in Scotland.

Saltire Scholars will also have the opportunity to take part in a programme of activities over and above their studies, including dialogue with the academic and business community in Scotland. As one of the Scotland Government Scholarships beneficiaries, you’ll act as an ambassador not only for the Saltire Scholarships programme, but also for Scotland.

In order to apply for the Scotland Government Scholarship, candidates must have a conditional or unconditional offer of a place at a Scottish university on an eligible course. The scholarships are designed to support the promotion of Scotland as an excellent destination for academic learning and are targeted at the priority sectors of: Science, Technology, Creative industries, Healthcare and medical sciences, Renewable and clean energy.

This includes a wide range of subjects across all of Scotland’s universities and higher education institutions. The list below is intended as a guide to priority subject areas. This list is not exclusive and applications for courses in broader subject areas will be considered. Please check with your institution to see what courses are covered.


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Examples of subject areas include:

  • Science

Earth Sciences, Environment, Energy, Geology, Weather and Climate, Plants/Botany, Animals/Zoology

  • Technology

Software, Engineering, Bioinformatics, Information Systems, Multimedia Engineering, Computers

  • Creative Industries

Communications, Media and Culture, Broadcasting, Film, Animation, Journalism, Cultural Publishing, New Media Studies, Computer Games / Computer Arts, Design, Graphic, Industrial

Interior, Fashion

  • Healthcare and Medical Sciences

Physical and Life Sciences, Astronomy, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Health Sciences, Biotechnology

  • Clean and Renewable Energy

Sustainable Engineering, Renewable Energy, Biomass / Bio fuels, Hydro / Solar / Tidal / Wind power


Value of the Scotland Government Scholarship for international students

The scheme offers up to 50 awards, each worth £8000, towards tuition fees for any one year of full time study on a postgraduate Masters programme at any of Scotland’s higher education institutions.


Eligibility rules 

Interested in applying for the Scotland Government Scholarship? Here’s the information you need on eligibility:

Candidates must:

  • Have a conditional or unconditional offer of a place at a Scottish university on an eligible course that will be delivered physically in Scotland or via distance online learning or via a combination of both.
  • Be a citizen of Canada, India, Japan, USA, Pakistan or China (Hong Kong citizens are also eligible as it is a Special Administrative Region of China).
  • Be able to demonstrate that they can meet the costs of living in Scotland (where this is applicable) and the remaining tuition fees.
  • Not have previously studied in Scotland.
  • Not have previously received a Saltire Scholarship.
  • Meet the language requirements of the course.
  • Complete an application form and submit it by the closing date of 31 May 2022.

Skills and Experience 

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • An interest in studying in Scotland and/or at a specific Scottish university.
  • The aspiration to work and study in a global context and take a position of leadership in their chosen career.
  • A willingness and the necessary interpersonal and communication skills required to participate in the programme of activities that accompanies the scholarships.

Saltire Scholars will be required to:

  • Maintain a standard of conduct that will uphold the good reputation of the Saltire Scholarship Programme and the institution at which they study.
  • Actively participate in the programme’s extra-curricular events. Scholars will participate in a welcome reception and an end of year conference. (Scholars may be excused from attending in the event of exceptional circumstances).
  • Support communications activity promoting Scotland and Scottish higher education, based on their own experience. This might include:

Posting on social media about their time and experience in Scotland.

Being available for an interview (including on camera) during either the welcome or end-of-year                                  event, granting Scottish Government and the relevant university the right to use  the text and                                      footage indefinitely.

  • Agreeing that the Scottish Government can use any photographs, blogs, quotes etc in connection with your Saltire Scholarship participation for marketing purposes.


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How to apply for the Scotland Government Scholarships

Interested and qualified applicants for Scotland Government Scholarship program for international students, applicants are required to take the following steps:

  • Submit application for you eligible desired course of study at any participating Scottish university. You can see the list of participating higher institutions here Scotland’s higher education institutions.
  • Obtain admission offer with unconditional accept letter.
  • Proceed to the scholarship application portal to submit your scholarship application Apply Now


Application deadline 

The deadline for all applications is midnight (BST) on 31 May 2022.


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