Study Abroad: Graduate Chemistry Exchanges, Scholarships, and Fellowships in the United Kingdom

Graduate Student Exchange Programs in the United Kingdom

The NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program assists post-graduate students in the pursuit of careers in biomedical research. Published candidates with substantial research experience are preferred.

Agencies involved: The National Institute of Health (NIH)

Key dates: Application portal for 2015 consideration will open in August 2014. Applications are due by early December 2014. 


The Summer Comparative Public Health Systems program allows those seeking master’s degrees in public health to explore the issue by way of field work in Amsterdam and London. Focus of study can range from topics like euthanasia to senior health care. This year’s program runs 7 weeks from June 3-July20, 2013. Program credits can substantiate 4.5 undergraduate quarter hours. Candidates must maintain an average GPA of at least 2.75 on a 5.0 scale.

Agencies involved: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Key Dates: Application deadline has passed. Check website for updated information.


Scholarships for Graduate Students

Marshall Scholarships are given to assist graduate students in 4-year study programs at any of the given UK institutions listed by the organization.

Agencies involved: Marshall Scholarships

Key Dates: Application deadline is October 1, 2014.


Alistair Cooke Award in Journalism

Alistair Cooke Award is awarded to a student seeking master’s degree in Journalism wishing to complete studies toward that degree in the UK. Internships with the BBC are possible for successful graduate student candidates.

Agencies involved: The US-UK Fulbright Commission

Key Dates: Applications for 2015/16 are due October 14, 2014.


The BFWG Academic Award is given to female scientists in the 3rd year of doctoral studies in order to assist with enrichment academic study in the UK. Candidates must be female, and must have accepted enrollment in a graduate student doctoral program.

Agencies involved: The British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG)

Key dates: Application for the 2014 Scholarship Competition has closed. Details of the next competition will be announced early in 2015. Check website for additional information.


The Gates Cambridge Scholarship is a full-cost scholarship awarded to scientists pursuing post-graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in England.

Agencies involved: Gates Cambridge Trust

Key dates: Applications for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship for October 2015 entry will be open on September 1, 2014. The deadlines will be:  Round 1 (US citizens based in the USA) October 15, 2014; Round 2 (all other eligible candidates) December 3, 2014. 


The esteemed Rhodes Scholarship is a full-cost awarded to American students looking to pursue post-graduate studies at Oxford University in England. Length of program is determined by the scholar and is usually 2-3 years.

Agencies involved: Office of the American Secretary: The Rhodes Trust

Key dates: The annual application deadline is 11:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time on the first Wednesday of October.


The Churchill Scholarship is a full-cost scholarship allowing post-graduate students to pursue studies overseas at local institutions. Program runs for 9-12 months. Candidates must have completed an undergraduate degree at one of the foundation-approved institutions, and must not (yet) have received a doctorate. Candidates must be between 19-26 years of age upon application.

Agencies involved: The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

Key dates: Application deadline is November 11, 2014 for the 2015 program.