We have over 50 years’ experience of managing and designing scholarship programmes for governments, international donors and private sector organisations across the globe. By providing knowledge and support throughout the complete scholarships lifecycle, we enable clients and scholars to get the most from scholarship programmes and help to make UK study a life-changing opportunity. 

Our suite of scholarship services can be tailored to meet our clients’ needs. We can offer a complete end-to-end package, from recruitment to returning home:

Designing the scholarship programme

  • Shaping the scholarship programme in order to meet the objectives of the client
  • Marketing the scholarship opportunities to UK higher education institutions

Marketing scholarships to potential candidates

  • Marketing the scholarships to potential international scholars   
  • Guidance on institutions, programmes, entry requirements and study options in the UK

Students support

  • Pre-departure briefings
  • Booking and itinerary support and accommodation advice through the British Council’s ‘Welcome to the UK’ website
  • Placement support
  • Arrivals support
  • First Arrival Payment upon arrival to the UK and airport ‘meet and greet’ service
  • Practical advice on living and studying in the UK
  • A dedicated award administrator in the UK for the duration of the placement
  • A professional and confidential scholar welfare service for emergencies, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Visa application process

  • Application guidance, provision of visa support letters and advice from a dedicated British Council immigration advisor

Academic readiness interventions

  • English language training and examinations (IELTS)


  • Responding to applicant enquiries and managing the annual selection process
  • Assisting the flow of monies from the ‘donor/sponsor’ to the UK HEIs/Students
  • Administration of agreed award costs, which could include visa application costs, tuition fees, monthly stipend, thesis allowance and travel allowance
  • Programme progress reports covering implementation and financial management, and academic monitoring reports on each scholar during the placement
  • Short courses at universities for individuals or groups requiring shorter or tailored placements abroad due specific training needs or time constraints

  • Advice on more specific training needs and opportunities provided by our external network of associate academic advisors in the UK


  • Scholar networks and alumni associations developed to support scholars whilst studying in the UK and beyond their period of study.
  • Tracing services to evidence impact

Our approach


We target our services to best meet the aims of our clients and build the capacity of individuals and organisations.


Through our long history of managing scholarship programmes we’ve developed unrivalled knowledge of scholarship programme design and implementation, which we build upon to deliver successful outcomes for our clients.


The British Council currently holds ISO9001:2015 certification for a defined scope of grant & mobility programmes.