GREAT Scholarships

GREAT Scholarships offers nine scholarships from UK universities, across a variety of subjects for students from Sri Lanka. Each scholarship is worth a minimum of £10,000 towards tuition fees for a one-year postgraduate course

Each scholarship is jointly funded by the UK government’s GREAT Britain Campaign and the British Council with participating UK higher education institutions. 

Scholarship-awarding Universities

University Number of scholarships Courses eligible for the scholarship  Application deadline University webpage
Cranfield University 1 Master's course covering:
  • Forensics
  • Environmental technology
  • Agrifood
  • Water
  • Energy and power
  • Manufacturing
  • Transport systems
  • Aerospace
01 May 2021 Click here
Teesside University 1  Any programme Obtain offer letter by 31 March 2021 Click here
University of Edinburgh


  • MSc High-Performance Computing with Data Science
  • MSc High-Performance Computing
26 April 2021 Click here
University of Essex 1 Any programme 31 May 2021 Click here
University of Manchester 1 Any programme at the Global Development Institute All offer letter holders will be considered (except for Faculty of Science and Engineering) Click here
University of Northampton 1 MSc in Physiotherapy 14 May 2021 Click here
University of Reading 1 Any programme 7 May 2021 Click here
University of York 1 Any programme 30 April 2021 Click here

All universities require candidates to obtain an offer letter prior to applying for the scholarship. Please check the relevant university webpage for further information.  

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for a scholarship, you must:

  • be a citizen of Sri Lanka.  
  • have an undergraduate degree that will enable you to enter a postgraduate (taught) programme in a UK university
  • be motivated and academically able to follow a UK postgraduate course
  • active in the field with work experience or proven interest in the subject area
  • meet the English language requirement of the UK university
  • be willing to embody the UK Higher Education experience, by attending lectures and tutorials and engaging with extra-curricular activities, and act as an ambassador for UK Higher Education, by promoting the value of studying at a UK HEI
  • be willing to establish an engagement with the UK as a scholar, through personal and academic fulfilment
  • represent the high standards of the GREAT brand by becoming an advocate for scholarships
  • be willing to attend a networking event of all UK-based GREAT scholars, to discuss experiences and capture perceptions of studying in the UK.

How to apply 

  1. Click on the university page to access detailed information about the scholarships on offer.
  2. Apply for individual scholarships following the instructions given on each universities’ scholarship webpages.
  3. The deadline to apply for a GREAT Scholarship varies according to each institution. For details on individual institutions’ deadlines, please see the above table (subject to change, the information on the university website will be final).
  4. Successful scholars will be informed by individual universities on the result of their applications.
  5. Scholarship funding will be issued to successful scholars by individual universities after registration.

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