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UCL International Foundation (Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates)

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10 months
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23500 GBP/full
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About

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPC) prepare international students for a UCL undergraduate degree who don’t have the qualifications to enter directly. These intensive one-year foundation courses are taught on our central London campus. Experienced UCL teachers support you to develop your academic skills, English and subject knowledge so you can progress to UCL or top UK universities.

Overview

The pathway you take will depend on the undergraduate degree you’re aiming for after the UPC. We offer two options:

  • Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate for the Humanities (UPCH): This course is for students aiming for degrees in Arts, Business, Mathematics, Humanities or Social Sciences, including Economics and Law.
  • Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate for Science and Engineering (UPCSE): This course is for students who want to study degrees in Engineering, Life Sciences or Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

Students aiming for Architecture degrees can study either UPC course.

Why study the UPC at UCL?

  • UCL is ranked 9th in the 2024 QS World University Rankings with its own international foundation programme. Start your journey with the UPC and move on to your chosen degree at a high-ranking university. Find out more.
  • First for Education – the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE) is part of the IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, a world-leading centre for education and social science. It has ranked number one globally for Education for the past nine years (QS World Subject Rankings 2023), so you can be confident of an outstanding educational experience. Find out more.
  • High progression rates – in 2022, 75% of UPC students progressed to an undergraduate degree at UCL or another leading UK university. Find out where our students have gone on to study after completing the UCL foundation programme.
  • Guaranteed conditional offers – as long as you are predicted to meet the entry requirements (and write a clearly relevant personal statement) you have a guaranteed offer on over 160 UCL degrees. See our guaranteed offers list.
  • Quality teaching – you’ll be taught by experienced UCL academic staff. Our teachers are experts in preparing international students for undergraduate studies. Read more about our tutors.
  • Blend of subject-specific learning and academic skills training – you'll be taught specific academic subjects in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. You'll learn how to reflect and produce work in each discipline, whether it's a technical laboratory experiment, a field trip research project or a critical evaluation of sources. You'll also develop your academic skills, such as academic speaking and writing, independent study, and critical thinking. Find out more.
  • Personalised support – you’ll receive personalised one-to-one support every week with your personal tutor, as well as guidance from a student mentor and education advisor. You'll also have full access to UCL's extensive Student Support & Wellbeing Services. Learn more about the support available.
  • The full 'university experience' – we teach the UCL foundation programme on our central London campus. We use the same teaching methods as you’ll encounter in undergraduate degrees. You'll be a UCL student from day one and can take advantage of UCL's academic, social and welfare resources. We guarantee a UCL accommodation place if you apply for accommodation by the deadline.
  • Number one student city – London has been named the best city in the world to be a university student for the fourth year in a row in the latest QS Best Student City Rankings (2023). Find out more.

Programme Structure

UPCH

Subjects include:

  • Academic English
  • Academic Research: Approaches & Methods
  • Classical Civilisation: Literature, Philosophy & Politics
  • Economics
  • Geography & the Built Environment
  • Mathematics
  • Modern European Culture
  • Modern European History & Politics

UPCSE

Subjects include:

  • Academic English
  • Science & Society
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for the UPC, you’ll have to meet the following criteria:

  • be at least 16 years old when the course starts
  • be in the last year of high school (when applying) or have already graduated
  • have a qualification that’s unsuitable for direct entry onto a UCL undergraduate degree. Please find further information below.

UPC courses are not suitable if you are completing secondary education with a qualification which allows you direct entry onto a UCL undergraduate degree programme (e.g., with the full IB Diploma or A-levels). 

If you need a visa to study in the UK, you must have an IELTS for UKVI (Academic) or Pearson PTE Academic UKVI taken after September 2021 at the time of application for us to consider you for the entrance tests.

Detailed English language requirements are available on our website.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23500 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23500 GBP for the full programme during 10 months.
  • National

    23500 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23500 GBP for the full programme during 10 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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Scholarships Information

Below you will find Bachelor's scholarship opportunities for UCL International Foundation (Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates).

Available Scholarships

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Grant
Various benefits
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IOE-ISH Centenary Taught Master's Scholarships for international students
Need-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
24 Apr 2024
UCL Global Undergraduate Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
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Turkish Embassy Fee Partnership
Merit-based Need-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
25000 GBP
Deadline
13 Jun 2024
Professor Sir Malcolm Grant Postgraduate Scholarship
Need-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
25000 GBP
Deadline
02 Jul 2024
Professor Sir Malcolm Grant Undergraduate Scholarship
Need-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
18000 GBP
Deadline
25 May 2024
UCL Hong Kong Alumni Scholarships
Merit-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
15000 GBP
Deadline
02 Jul 2024
The Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation Scholarship
Need-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
10000 GBP
Deadline
13 Jun 2024
Thomas Witherden Batt Scholarship
Need-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
10000 GBP
Deadline
31 Jul 2024
EGA IfWH BAME Master's Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
10000 GBP
Deadline
12 Jun 2024
UCL Masters Bursary
Need-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
9000 GBP
Deadline
14 Jul 2024
Bartlett School of Planning Centenary Scholarships
Merit-based Need-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
3100 GBP
Deadline
31 Aug 2024
The Statistical Science E. J. Gumbel Scholarship
Merit-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
2500 GBP
Deadline
03 Jul 2024
The Watkins Bursary
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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
01 Jun 2024
Unite Foundation Scholarship
Need-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
25360 GBP
Deadline
01 May 2024
Ecclesiastical Insurance Bursary
Merit-based Need-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
20000 GBP
Deadline
26 May 2024
UCL Hong Kong Alumni Scholarships
Merit-based Need-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
16008 GBP
Deadline
31 Mar 2024
The Bartlett Promise Sub-Saharan Africa Master’s Scholarship
Merit-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
10000 GBP
Deadline
23 May 2024
UCL GREAT Scholarships
Merit-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
5000 GBP
Deadline
Not specified
UPC Progression Scholarships
Merit-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
3000 GBP
Deadline
Not specified
UCL Undergraduate Bursary
Need-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
1000 GBP
Deadline
Not specified
Care Leaver Bursary
Merit-based Need-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
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IOE - Windle Trust Scholarship
Need-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
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IOE-Clarke Scholarships
Merit-based Need-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
Not specified
CONACYT Graduate Fellowship
Merit-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
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Colfuturo Fee Partnership
Merit-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
Not specified
Graduate Research Scholarships for Cross-disciplinary Training
Merit-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
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Colfuturo-Semillero de Talentos Scholarship
Merit-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
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Estranged Student Bursary
Merit-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
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Egypt Missions Scheme Scholarship
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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
Not specified
FUNED-UCL
Merit-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
Not specified
UCL Graduate Research Scholarships
Merit-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
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GUATEFUTURO Scholarship
Merit-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
Not specified
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Merit-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
Not specified
Oman Embassy Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
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Amos Bursary UCL Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
Not specified
Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Awards (Various)
Merit-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
15364 GBP
Deadline
Not specified
The Bartlett Promise Master's Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
19668 GBP
Deadline
12 May 2024
The Bartlett Promise PhD Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
15000 GBP
Deadline
27 Apr 2024
UCL Global Masters Scholarship
Need-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
12000 GBP
Deadline
19 May 2024
UCL Access Opportunity Scholarship
Merit-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
10000 GBP
Deadline
21 Mar 2024
Sasakawa Studentship
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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
2250 GBP
Deadline
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Helena Kennedy Foundation Bursary
Merit-based Need-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
15000 GBP
Deadline
12 Jun 2024
Brown Family Bursary
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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
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The Bartlett Promise Undergraduate Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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UCL
London, United Kingdom
Independent provider
Grant
50000 INR
Deadline
31 Mar 2024
UniCreds Fly High Scholarship
Merit-based

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Unicreds
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
30 Mar 2024
Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme
Merit-based

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Aga Khan Foundation
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Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
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Full Support for Tuition and Costs of Living- PhD Scholarship at the University of Essex
Merit-based

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Junhua Li
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Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
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Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships
Merit-based Need-based

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The Association of Commonwealth Universities
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Independent provider
Grant
1000000 INR
Deadline
Anytime
Education Future International Scholarship
Merit-based

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Education Future
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Grant
10000 GBP
Deadline
31 May 2024
Global Wales Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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British Council - Accreditation UK
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Independent provider
Grant
10000 GBP
Deadline
10 Jun 2024
GREAT Scholarship
Merit-based

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British Council - Accreditation UK
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
10000 GBP
Deadline
31 May 2024
GREAT Scholarships at University of Derby
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British Council - Accreditation UK
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
5000 EUR
Deadline
14 May 2024
Study a Masters in Europe Scholarships
Merit-based

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educations.com
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Independent provider
Grant
3500 USD
Deadline
15 Nov 2024
ACES Scholarships
Merit-based Need-based

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ACES Education Fund
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1652 GBP
Deadline
Not specified
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship – University Bids
Merit-based Need-based

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UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
29 Feb 2024
YH2 Capital Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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YH2 Capital
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Various benefits
Deadline
14 Oct 2024
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Merit-based Need-based

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U.S. government
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
24 May 2024
Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program
Need-based

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Japan Gov’t/World Bank
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Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
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Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships for Developing Commonwealth Countries
Merit-based Need-based

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DFID/UK Universities
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Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
01 Oct 2024
Marshall Scholarship
Merit-based

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The Government of the United Kingdom
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
8000 GBP
Deadline
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Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships for International Students
Merit-based

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Get-Scholarship
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Independent provider
Grant
1500 USD
Deadline
01 May 2024
Wear & I Fashion Pioneer Scholarship
Merit-based

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WEAR & I
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Various benefits
Deadline
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Chevening Scholarships
Merit-based Need-based

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The Association of Commonwealth Universities
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
500 GBP
Deadline
31 Aug 2024
Rapid Formations Entrepreneur Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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Rapid Formations
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
Not specified
British Council Women in STEM Scholarships
Merit-based Need-based

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British Council - Accreditation UK
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
26 Jun 2024
Ramage Law Group Adopted Child Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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The Ramage Law Group
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
90000 AUD
Deadline
Not specified
World Universities Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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The Ramsay Centre
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
3000 USD
Deadline
31 Dec 2025
Scholarship for students with disabilities
Need-based

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Anonymous Hope Fund
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
25000 USD
Deadline
31 Jul 2024
IOI Open Infrastructure Pilot Fund
Merit-based Need-based

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Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI)
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
12000 USD
Deadline
30 Nov 2024
Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme
Merit-based Need-based

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The Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
10000 USD
Deadline
20 Aug 2024
Global Innovation Challenge
Merit-based Need-based

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Social Shifters
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
8000 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters scholarships
Merit-based Need-based

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European Commission
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
3500 USD
Deadline
15 Nov 2024
The Bill Walsh Scholarship
Merit-based

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ACES: The Society for Editing
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
3000 USD
Deadline
01 Mar 2024
WMI Scholars Program
Merit-based

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Wells Mountain Foundation
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
2000 USD
Deadline
31 Jul 2024
The MyUS Community Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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MyUS
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
2000 USD
Deadline
20 Aug 2024
Dermadry Hyperhidrosis Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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Dermadry
Location not available
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Grant
1500 USD
Deadline
15 May 2024
iVisa Annual Scholarship
Merit-based

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iVisa
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Grant
1500 USD
Deadline
31 Mar 2024
The Annual IELTS from 6 to 9 Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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IELTS from 6 to 9
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
29 Feb 2024
Voice Talent Online Scholarship
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Voice Talent Online
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Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
01 Dec 2024
Go Digital Scholarship Program
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1000 USD
Deadline
31 Aug 2024
Florida Rentals Annual Dream Vacation Scholarship
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Florida Rentals
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Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
17 Sep 2024
$1,500 Annual Video Contest Scholarship
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StudyCorgi
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Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
30 Jun 2024
$1,500 Annual Essay Writing Contest Scholarship
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IvyPanda
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Grant
750 USD
Deadline
23 Nov 2024
Studybay Fall Essay Contest
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Studybay
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Grant
3000 USD
Deadline
Not specified
AAPG Foundation Grants-in-Aid
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation
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Grant
3000 USD
Deadline
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Anonymous Hope Fund
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Anonymous Hope Fund
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Grant
1500 USD
Deadline
31 Mar 2024
The Annual IELTSing Scholarship
Merit-based

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IELTSing
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Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
Not specified
High School Essay Contest
Merit-based

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International Bipolar Foundation
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Grant
1000 GBP
Deadline
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Pearl Lemon Scholarship
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Pearl Lemon
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Grant
965 USD
Deadline
Anytime
Dr. Martin Blank – SYB Scholarship
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Shield Your Body
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Independent provider
Grant
500 USD
Deadline
30 Apr 2024
Biotin Xtreme Hair Care Annual Scholarship 2023: Empowering The Future Of Hair Care
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Biotin Xtreme Hair Care
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Grant
5000 USD
Deadline
30 Apr 2024
Student Grant Program
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