King’s College London Scholarships for International Students

King’s College London, also known as King’s or KCL, was founded in 1829 and is known to be one of the leading research universities in the UK and worldwide. They rank 35th based on the QS World University Rankings and 9th in Europe per the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. As a leading research center, they take pride in making valuable contributions to society especially in the fields of sustainability, medicine, and psychiatry.

At King’s, a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, short courses, and summer and winter programs are made available to cater to each of their student’s needs. More than 29,000 students from over 150 are enrolled in the university, and 14 of their alumni and staff are Nobel prize winners. Since then and in the years to come, KCL commits to providing quality education, giving back to society through service, and promoting global awareness within their community.

What we will be discussing in this article are some of the scholarships offered to international students at King’s College London.

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Undergraduate Scholarships at King’s College London

1. Sanctuary Scholarship or Jesus the Light Sanctuary Scholarship

  • Scholarship Amount:
    • Full tuition coverage
    • Living cost allowance of GBP 12,382 per year
  • Eligibility Criteria:
    • Forced migrant students
    • Must not hold an undergraduate and/or postgraduate degree
    • Currently residing in the UK
  • Scholarship Link

As a way to show their commitment to supporting forced migrants, King’s College London offers the Sanctuary Scholarship or Jesus the Light Sanctuary Scholarship. Successful awardees will receive either of the two, which provides the same financial support. The scholarship amounts to full tuition coverage and a living allowance of GBP 12,382/year, both of which will be paid until the completion of the student’s studies.

To apply, only one online application must be completed. Supporting documents such as immigration records and a statement from the student’s chosen professional referee must also be included. Candidates may apply to any of the undergraduate programs in the college, except for Dentistry and Medicine.

2. Harilela Scholarship

  • Scholarship Amount: GBP 120,000
  • Eligibility Criteria:
    • Hong Kong or China resident
    • Full-time enrollee under the School of Management and Business
  • Scholarship Link

Established and funded by Aaron Harilela, this scholarship at King’s College London aims to support Hong Kong and Chinese residents who want to take up a three-year undergraduate program at King’s School of Management and Business. This grant is highly competitive as only one scholarship is available each year. The chosen awardee is someone who has demonstrated the most need for financial support, has proven their academic excellence and submitted a well-written personal statement along with their application. The Harilela Scholarship totals GBP 120,000, which will be divided and paid for in three years.

3. Li Ka Shing Foundation Lord Sandberg Memorial Scholarship

  • Scholarship Amount: GBP 15,000
  • Eligibility Criteria: Permanent residents of Hong Kong
  • Scholarship Link

The Li Ka Shing Foundation Lord Sandberg Memorial Scholarship was founded by the Li Ka Shing Foundation in honor of the late Lord Michael Sandberg. This King’s College London scholarship was established to support permanent Hong Kong residents who are interested to take a three-year undergraduate degree at King’s. Each year, two scholarships are awarded, valued at GBP 15,000. This will be paid in three installments for the duration of the program. Interested applicants must submit their application along with supporting documents about their financial needs and outstanding academic performance.

These are just some of the scholarships offered by King’s College London and its partner organizations. There are others that have not been discussed in this article. To see the complete list, visit their Undergraduate funding opportunities at King’s page.

Postgraduate Scholarships at King’s College London

1. Dr. Antony Kidman Scholarship in Health Psychology

  • Scholarship Amount: GBP 10,770
  • Eligibility Criteria:
    • Enrolled as a full-time Master’s Health Psychology student at King’s
    • Has a household income of GBP 50,000 or less
  • Degree Offered: Master’s
  • Scholarship Link

Actress Nicole Kidman, the founder of the Dr. Antony Kidman Scholarship, established this award in partnership with King’s to honor his late father who was an Australian psychologist, biochemist, and writer. King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience (IoPPN) is Europe’s largest center for research and postgraduate education in psychiatry, psychology, and neuroscience. They are also the most cited research center in the world in psychiatry and psychology.

Annually, one outstanding student is given the opportunity to undertake a Master’s degree in Health Psychology under this scholarship at King’s College London. Interested candidates must submit an application form, personal statement, and proof of household income that should be GBP 50,000 or less. The scholarship worth GBP 10,770 will be awarded either as a cash bursary or contribution towards tuition fees.

2. Bosco Tso & Emily Ng Scholarship

  • Scholarship Amount: GBP 22,500
  • Eligibility Criteria: Enrolled under the one-year LLM Law program
  • Degree Offered: Master’s
  • Scholarship Link

From the generosity of King’s alumnus, Mr. Bosco Tso, the Bosco Tso & Emy Ng Scholarship was initiated to support financially challenged students who want to take a one-year LLM Law program at the university. One scholarship is gifted each year to a promising student who has demonstrated their need for financial assistance. To apply, the applicant must submit an accomplished application form, a personal statement, and proof of the need for financial aid. The chosen winner of the scholarship will receive a total of GBP 22,500 that will cover a partial cost of their tuition.

3. Commonwealth Ph.D. Scholarships (for least developed countries and fragile states)

  • Scholarship Amount: Tuition coverage and living allowances
  • Eligibility Criteria: Citizens of the eligible countries
  • Degree Offered: Ph.D.
  • Scholarship Link

Commonwealth Ph.D. scholarships, one of the scholarships available at King’s College London, aim to support students coming from least developed countries who cannot afford to study in the UK. Its purpose is to contribute to the economic development and research initiatives of these countries by molding excellent students during their stay in a UK institution. Applications for the Commonwealth Ph.D. Scholarship is submitted online, alongside supporting documents such as the applicant’s proof of citizenship, transcripts, and professional references. The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) will make the decision based on the candidate’s academic merit and potential for personal growth.

Other scholarships are available to postgraduate international students at King’s College London. Check out their Postgraduate Funding Opportunities and International Student Research Funding page to learn more.


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