Scholarships for international students

We are offering competitive scholarships for full-time international students starting in September 2018.

International Foundation Programme Scholarship

We are offering two full tuition fee scholarships to international (non-EU) entrants on the International Foundation Programme.

International Undergraduate Scholarship

Open to all new international (non-EU) entrants on the first year of a full-time undergraduate course delivered on one of our Northern Ireland campuses.

International Postgraduate Scholarship

Open to all new international (non-EU) entrants on a full-time postgraduate course delivered on one of our Northern Ireland campuses.

Study Abroad Scholarship

If you have previously study at Ulster University as an exchange or study abroad student and are returning to study a full-time postgraduate.

International Alumni Scholarship

If you are an Ulster University alumnus returning to study a full-time postgraduate course delivered on one of our Northern Ireland campuses.

Other scholarships available to international students

Information provided is for guidance only as scholarship details are subject to change - please refer to the source website for up-to-date and accurate information.

British Council Scholarships

If you are an international student wishing to study in the UK, the British Council manages a number of international scholarships and funding schemes, while their Find Your UK Education tool enables you to search for scholarships by your chosen subject.

Chevening Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government's global scholarship programme, which makes awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at universities in the UK.

The programme provides full or part funding for full-time courses at postgraduate level, normally a one-year master's degree, in any subject and at any UK university.


COLFUTURO is an initiative aimed at facilitating the access of Colombian professionals to further education abroad. Its main objective is to provide financial support and increase the possibilities of Colombian citizens to access high-quality postgraduate study programmes abroad.

Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships

Under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship plan, scholarships are offered annually to citizens resident in a developing or developed Commonwealth country other than the UK.

Awards are for university postgraduate study or research and are administered by the Department for International Development.


FIDERH (Fund for Development of Human Resources) is a federal trust managed by the Central Bank of Mexico. Its objective is to offer affordable loans to Mexican students to finance their postgraduate studies either in Mexico or internationally.

There are three calls for applications each year in December, March and May. To apply, applicants should already being holding an unconditional offer from Ulster University.

Fulbright Partnership Awards

Ulster University is proud to be a Fulbright Partner and warmly supports incoming American and outgoing Ulster Fulbright scholars.

Approximately 20 scholarships are available to US graduate students for study in almost any subject in the UK. These awards aim to promote mutual understanding between the United States and the UK and cover tuition fees and 10 months' maintenance sufficient to cover housing, travel, food and other living expenses.

Candidates are expected to be leaders, or future leaders, in their field of study, whose project proposals reflect enduring concerns, demonstrate sound methodology, and avoid politicisation of scholarly inquiry.

Candidates must be US citizens and must demonstrate the following:

  • academic and/or professional excellence
  • ambassadorial qualities
  • commitment to the community, through volunteer and extra-curricular activity
  • strong reasons for coming to the UK to undertake the proposed project
  • a clear idea of what they hope to achieve during the year as a Fulbrighter.

Commission encourages professionals, academics and recent graduates to apply. Candidates without a BA or equivalent degree but with extensive years of professional study and/or experience in their chosen field may be considered. Candidates may apply to more than one university and formal acceptance need not be completed prior to applying for a Fulbright award.

Funding is not available for:

  • undergraduate study
  • for applicants who already hold a PhD, or
  • those who have begun a programme of study and seek funding for the second year.

Potential candidates in the US should consult their Campus Fulbright Advisor or contact the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York for more information and an application pack.

Institute of International Education (IIE), 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017 3580, USA. Website:

In the UK please contact

US Educational Advisory Service, The Fulbright Commission, 62 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2JZ, Telephone: 020 7404 6994. Website:

John J. Sweeney Scholarship

The John J Sweeney Scholarship for 2018/19 academic year is now open for applications. Deadline for receipt of completed applications is midnight (GMT) on 1 June 2018.  

Application Form can be downloaded here

The John J Sweeney Scholarship is based at the world-renowned International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) at Ulster University, and supports students enrolled to study full-time on the MSc in Peace and Conflict Studies, based on the Jordanstown campus (Belfast).

This scholarship is generously supported by funds raised by the AFL-CIO, the American Labor community, business and civic organizations, and individuals. This special scholarship is named in honour of AFL-CIO President Emeritus John J. Sweeney, the son of Irish immigrants, who dedicated his life to advancing the well-being of working people, making outstanding contributions to working people both in the US and internationally which will live on for years to come.The Scholarship has a value of $20,000 and must be used towards the Scholar’s tuition fees with any balance remaining being provided to the Scholar on successful progression to the MSc stage.  This balance may be used to purchase study materials/equipment, support course-related activities and/or in support of the Scholar’s living expenses and travel costs.

The Scholarship will be open to all US citizens who:

  • Have been offered a full-time place on the MSc in Peace and Conflict Studies and have made a firm commitment to Ulster University during the admissions phase;


  • Are a US union member; or
  • Have a familial connection to a US union member (mother, father, sibling, aunt, uncle, grandparent); or
  • Can provide a reference letter from a union sponsor.

Applicants must ensure that all sections of the application form are completed and all additional requirements attached to the application.  These include:

  • scanned copy of original degree certificate
  • where applicable, reference letter from a Union sponsor
  • 500-750 word personal statement
  • two reference letters
  • a scanned copy of their US passport

Completed applications and relevant attachments for the John J. Sweeney Scholarship must be submitted by email to INCORE by midnight (GMT time) 1 June 2018 to Sinead Grant ( Queries on the scholarship can also be sent to this address.

For queries on the MSc in Applied Peace and Conflict Studies Programme, contact the Course Director, Ms Gráinne Kelly (

LLM Scholarships

The Transitional Justice Institute is pleased to make available three scholarship opportunities to particularly highly qualified candidates accepted onto our LLM courses at Ulster University.

  • Anna Eggert bursary for Gender, Conflict and Human Rights
  • Garfield Weston trust bursary
  • Transitional Justice Institute bursary for Human Rights and Transitional Justice

Visit the Transitional Justice Institute for more information on our LLM opportunities and LLM scholarships.

Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Up to 40 Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

To be eligible for a Marshall Scholarship you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States of America (at the time of application for a scholarship);
  • (By the time you take up a scholarship) hold a first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States;
  • Have obtained a grade point average of not less than 3.7 (or A-) on your undergraduate degree.
  • Have graduated from your first undergraduate college or university after April 2012.
  • Not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a UK university.

Mitchell Scholarships

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Programme is a national, competitive scholarship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. The Mitchell Scholarship Programme, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognising and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership and a commitment to community and public service.

Up to 12 Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria:

  • scholarship
  • leadership
  • sustained commitment to community and public service

The Mitchell Scholarship Programme provides tuition, accommodation, a stipend for living expenses and travel.

Talented Athlete Entry Scheme

The Talented Athlete Entry Scheme is designed to assist talented young sports performers in gaining access to a quality education at Ulster University whilst attaining success at the highest levels within their chosen sport.

The Scheme recognises the sacrifice in time, effort and crucially – in examination performance – which may result from taking part in sport at the highest level. Under the Talented Athlete Entry Scheme, Ulster University allows a reduction in the points required for entry to full-time undergraduate courses.

The application process to enter Ulster University through the Scheme in the academic year 2018/19 will open in October 2017.  Scheme information and the online application form will be accessible via our web site at

Successful applicants to the Talented Athlete Entry Scheme will be offered a two grade reduction in entrance requirements or the equivalent in other accepted entrance qualifications, for the course(s) of their choice.

For further information on the Scheme please contact the Scheme Administrator by emailing

The Barnett Pharmaceutical Sciences Scholarship

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, supported by Norbrook Laboratories Limited, offers the Barnett Pharmaceutical Sciences Scholarship for students who hold a conditional offer of a place on the MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences Programme.

'The scholarship will be awarded to a maximum of two recipients per annum to a total value of £10,000 dependent on the quality of applications'

The Scholarship of £10,000 will support the scholar/scholars and will be used to cover the full amount of the scholar/scholars tuition fees (up to a maximum of £10,000 per annum) with any remaining funds being paid directly to the scholar/scholars in support of living expenses.

The scholarship will be open for applications for the 2018-19 academic year in Summer 2018.

Victory Scholar Programme

Ulster University is proud to be a founding partner of the Sport Changes Life Foundation and their Victory Scholar Programme.

There are approximately three places available annually on the Victory Scholar Programme. These are available to US graduate student athletes (specifically basketball) for study on full time post graduate courses on our Jordanstown campus. These awards aim to provide an opportunity for deserving high level student athletes to study at masters level while using the power of sport to inspire youth at risk living in our local community. Successful applicants will also continue to play the sport they love for the University. These scholarships cover tuition fees, accommodation expenses, training and induction, round trip airfare to Northern Ireland and a modest living expenses stipend.

Candidates are expected to be leaders on and off the sports field, committed to making a difference in young people's lives and their own.

Candidates must be graduates of the USA NCAA system and must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Ambassadorial qualities
  • Commitment to the community, through volunteer and extra-curricular activity
  • Strong reasons for becoming a Victory Scholar
  • High level achievements in basketball

Sport Changes Life currently has partnerships with the following Athletic Conferences; the MAAC, A10, West Coast, and Patriot League but applications are encouraged from all NCAA graduates. Candidates should apply to the Victory Scholar Programme via Sport Changes Life and be formally accepted on the programme before an application is made to Ulster.

Potential candidates should consult the Sport Changes Life website, contact Aimee Shiels or Professor Deirdre Brennan for more information.