Apply for a Scholarship

Scholarship opportunities are available subject to funding each year and will be advertised on our website as well as in the country where eligible applicants can apply.

Undergraduate Scholarships

Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunities in Sudan: We are currently not accepting applications.

Postgraduate Scholarships in the UK

Our online application system is closed and we are currently not receiving new applications. 

Although applications are now closed you can read the overview of the selection process and our current selection criteria below.

The New Application link below will take you through a screening guide to see if you are eligible to apply. If you meet our basic criteria to be considered you will be taken to an online application form (only when applications are open). Once you have started the application process you will have the opportunity to save a draft of your application form and log back in to make changes and upload supporting documents before you submit the form.

Commonwealth scholarships - Uganda and Kenya only

Opportunities for Commonwealth Scholarships are for residents of Uganda and Kenya only.

Windle Trust International works in partnership with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) as a nominating agency for its Fully Funded Commonwealth scholarship scheme

To be considered, applicants resident in Uganda and Kenya must have submitted an application through Windle Trust International's online application system.

Applicants may look at and apply for admission to eligible courses in advance. However, only if you are selected and placed on our priority list may you be invited to submit an application to the CSC as one of our nominated candidates through the CSC online applications by 18 January 2020. 

To see if you are eligible for a Commonwealth Scholarship, please read through the advice on the Commonwealth Scholarships Website 

Information for all applicants

For important information regarding WTI's Anti Fraud and Corruption Policy, please see the document below. You may also wish to consult our Complaints PolicyFor Commonwealth Scholarship Applicants resident in Uganda or Kenya, please additionally refer to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Anti-Fraud Policy and Procedure below. For DFID advice on how to report fraud, please consult the advice offered by DFID here. For information on our Privacy Policy, please see full details here.

Overview of Selection Process

Below is an overview of the general WTI selection and placement process:

  • Scholarships are promoted and advertised through our offices in South Sudan and Sudan, and our affiliated Windle Trusts in Uganda and Kenya. See our current criteria below.
  • Applications are checked and assessed against basic Selection Criteria in the country of application.  
  • Applications and supporting documents of candidates meeting the basic criteria are considered for interview shortlisting by in-country selection committees.
  • Candidates are interviewed.  Those short-listed for interview are advised to start arranging the process of taking the English language test (IELTS) and score at least 6.5 and not less than 6.0 in all components, as this is a usual admission requirement of UK Universities.  
  • Interview reports, together with the application forms and supporting documents, are assessed by a final selection committee to decide which candidates should be placed on the “priority list” of selected students for placement on scholarships in the UK.  
  • Once a candidate is selected and on the Priority List, UK programme staff work intensively with the candidate and the universities to seek the most appropriate course of study. The priority list is a pool of potential candidates for placement and has more candidates than places available in any one year (Usually, over 80 selected applicants). Candidates who cannot be placed in available scholarship schemes, for one reason or another, remain on the priority list for a maximum of 3 years.
  • Confirmation of the scholarship is given as early as possible, in order to give the candidate time to apply for a visa and prepare for travel to the UK.

Please Note:

  • We are keen to encourage applications from women and individuals from other particularly disadvantaged groups. This includes those who are resident in the refugee camps and settlements, those who have lost close family members to war or conflict, as well as those who are particularly vulnerable such as people with disabilities and those who have themselves been victims of violence.
  • Eligible applicants are welcomed from all religious backgrounds and ethnic groups.
  • A scholarship, in most cases, will cover full tuition fees, maintenance stipends, visa cost and return airfares. To find out more about the programme and support provided go to our postgraduate scholarship page.
  • There is no application fee.
  • Submitting an Application Form does not in any way guarantee you an offer of a scholarship award.
  • Competition for scholarships is high.

We work in partnership with a number of Universities and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission to offer around 15-20 scholarships annually.

It is not a requirement that you must apply for admission from our partner universities before submitting an application to us.   

For the 2021/22 academic year successfully selected applicants will usually be expected to obtain unconditional admission to an eligible one-year, full-time, taught master’s degree course at partner institutions by 31 March 2021. 

  • Considering applications takes time so please be patient while waiting for a final outcome and whether or not your application has been successful.

When considering candidates: 

  • Priority is given to applicants of particular merit taking into account academic ability, need, development impact, leadership potential and personal qualities.
  • Preference is given to subjects that offer a high probability of future employment in the countries that we select candidates from and are of direct value to development.

Read the full criteria below.