UCL Scholarships and funding


UCL India Excellence Scholarship

The UCL India Excellence Scholarship aims to enable and encourage Indian students with an outstanding academic record to pursue full-time Master's degree studies at UCL.

Key information

Value: £5,000 (for one year)
Available to: Prospective postgraduate taught students
Selection criteria: Bachelor’s degree GPA and NIRF ranking of current/previous institution of study
Eligible fee status: Overseas
Eligible programmes: All postgraduate taught (excluding distance learning programmes)
Deadline: 5pm BST, Thursday 29 February 2024


Candidates must fulfil all of the following criteria:

  • be eligible to pay the Overseas fee rate;
  • be permanently domiciled in India;
  • have a bachelor’s degree, or be enrolled in the final year of a bachelor’s degree, from an institution listed in the Top 100 of the Government of India’s National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF );
  • have a GPA in their bachelor’s degree that is equivalent to a UK first-class degree;
  • AND have submitted a complete admission application (including references) for a full-time Master's degree at UCL in 2024/25 by Thursday 29 February 2024.  Please note: Distance-learning options are not eligible for this fund; students must be coming to the UK to attend UCL in person.

Value, benefits, and duration

  • There are up to 33 (thirty-three) scholarships available in 2024/25. 
  • The value of the bursary is £5,000. 
  • The scholarship is tenable for one year only unless the full-time programme is 2yrs in length. In that case the scholarship will be paid 50% in each year.
  • The UCL India Excellence Scholarship may be held alongside other scholarships, studentships, awards, or bursaries. The amount of the UCL award may be adjusted depending on the total value of other funds received by the student.
  • Scholarship recipients are obliged to inform the UCL Student Funding Office immediately of any other funding they are awarded towards their UCL Master’s degree studies, before or subsequent to the UCL India Excellence Scholarship being awarded.
  • The scholarship will first be applied to the recipient’s tuition fees, with any remainder payable to the recipient in three equal instalments, throughout the academic year, towards maintenance.


The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic achievement. Applicants will be shortlisted according to the final or current GPA from their bachelor’s degree, and the NIRF ranking of their institution. Final selection will be made with reference to information supplied in the application for a full-time Master's degree at UCL in 2024/25.

How to apply

You need to have submitted a complete admission application to UCL (including the submission of references) in order to be considered for the scholarship.

Applicants will be considered automatically on the basis of their application for admission to their programme of study. There is no separate application form for this scholarship.

The deadline for applications will be at 5pm BST, Thursday 29 February 2024.


Successful candidates for 2024/25 will be notified in mid-May 2024.