Scholarships to study or work in China

The University is advertising two £1,000 scholarships to support two current Stage 2 students interested in studying or completing a work placement in China.

The University has established this fund in recognition of a generous donation of £20,000 from University of Kent alumnus and former Acting Governor of Hong Kong, Sir David Akers-Jones.

The deadline to apply is Thursday 31st January – for more details about the scholarships and the application process, head to the entry on the University’s scholarships page:

If you would like more information about studying abroad, head to the University’s Go Abroad page. If you are considering a work placement, either in the UK or abroad, please feel free to get in touch with Jon Beer at

Mentoring, work experience and scholarship opportunity with top City employers

The Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Scheme is open to exceptionally talented students who are open to the idea of pursuing a career in the legal profession or a career in the City. Exceptionally talented means that you have the potential to succeed, it does not mean that you already need to have had exposure to the City.

Launched in 2013, the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Scheme was designed to address the disproportionate under-representation of black and black mixed-race men from less privileged background in large commercial law firms. In 2017 the scheme opened up applications to non-law students. The scheme’s ongoing work with Goldman Sachs, The Bank of England and Aon offers opportunities for other City careers.

Scholars will receive:

  • Interview coaching and other development opportunities
  • Commercial familiarisation (work experience/workshops) during university holidays
  • An alternative route to interview for a training contract at Freshfields
  • A £3,500 contribution towards course and associated study costs
  • Mentoring

Freshfields currently have two scholars on the scheme and two students who have completed the scheme. They have nominated over 20 students, of which a number have received work experience and ongoing mentoring.

To be eligible to apply for the scholarship you must be:

  • Black African or black African-Caribbean or mixed-race black African or mixed race black African- Caribbean.
  • Male
  • In your 1st year of a 3 or 4 year undergraduate course
  • Have not attended a fee paying school in UK
  • Have not attended a school outside of the UK for which the fees are more than nominal.

You also need to satisfy one of the following criteria:

  • Be in receipt of a maintenance loan from SFE above the relevant limit (student living with parents, £5,118, student not living with parents £6,469)
  • Have been eligible for free school meals at a UK senior school
  • Have attended a UK senior school with above average free school meals eligibility (we can check this for you)

To register your interest please contact Gemma Witts (Careers Adviser, Careers and Employability Service) to arrange an initial chat.  

To watch short films about the scheme see

University of Kent Community Scholarships

£1,000 financial support to cover personal expenses and project running costs

The University of Kent is pleased to welcome applications for scholarships from enthusiastic students who are interested in providing opportunities within the local and campus communities.

The Community Scholarship offers students a great way to demonstrate leadership, enthusiasm and organisational skills – essential to future employers.


Application is open to all Kent students enrolled at Canterbury or Medway from all stages, disciplines and modes of study. Projects can be related to sport, arts, music, cultural or any other discipline. Successful applications will demonstrate the following:

  • A project brief which exhibits careful thought and planning.
  • An inclusive project which benefits the local or campus community.
  • Demonstrable benefits and outcomes for participants.

Evidence of commitment to past projects completed will also be considered. Each application is considered on its individual merits by the scholarships board.

How to apply

Request an application form by email to

Chinese Government Scholarships – study in China in 2017/2018

The Chinese Government Scholarship 2017 is now open for applications. This scholarship is available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students to enable you to spend the 2017/18 academic year studying at a Chinese institution and learning Mandarin. The Chinese Embassy has provided eligibility criteria, and the deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 1st February.

The University is required to nominate students for this scholarship. If you would like to apply, email a short statement (no longer than 1 page in length), discussing how your would benefit from the scholarship and the opportunity to study in China, to by the deadline. Have a look at the eligibility criteria document for more details.