Study abroad scholarships

Some study abroad students may be able to apply for a scholarship to help meet the costs of studying overseas.

Read about Leeds scholarships and some external awards such as the BUTEX scholarship. You may be able to find others.


Find out what funding is available to you to help you cover the costs of a study abroad year. 

Study Abroad Scholarships



Update on Erasmus+ funding for mobility in 2021/22  

The Erasmus+ programme is due to run until the end of the 2020/21 academic year. An extension request from the University has been approved which means we may be able to provide funding subject to Erasmus+ regulations and any other changes that affect the status of the extension or the funding level.  

We are still waiting for confirmation of the full details. We will provide an update via the website and Minerva when more information is available. You can find all information on how the Erasmus+ grant has worked before below and on the Erasmus+ Grants webpage

Erasmus+ may support Leeds students to study abroad for up to one year in another European university. Grant amounts vary depending on the country you will be studying at for the year. In addition to this, further funding is available to students with a disability and/or students from households with an annual income of £25,000 or less (as assessed by the SFE). 

The participation of UK universities in the Erasmus+ scheme is linked to the UK’s relationship with the EU. Please check the Brexit information for students page for the latest information on the Erasmus+ programme at the University of Leeds. 

The Erasmus+ grant contributes toward the costs of a year abroad, however, it is not intended to cover all costs you might incur throughout the year. Please make sure you don't rely solely on this grant to finance your year abroad. 

More information on country-specific rates, Widening Participation amounts as well as updates on the programme can be found on Erasmus+ Grants.



This is a means-tested grant which can help you claim reasonable costs towards your year abroad. For information on eligibility and costs covered by the grant, please see the Student Loans Company guidance on Full-time Travel Grants for students studying abroad or on a work placement

The University of Leeds Travel Grant Fact Sheet has additional information.





British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) awards eight scholarships of £500 to UK students studying outside Europe. To apply you must have been offered a study abroad placement by the Study Abroad Office. Leeds students have been successful in the past, so it is definitely worth applying.

More information and how to apply on the BUTEX website



JASSO offers scholarships for international students who are accepted by a Japanese university under a student exchange agreement. The scholarship is awarded on academic merit. Your host university in Japan will contact you if you are eligible to receive the scholarship and provide more information on the application process.

University of Leeds students were awarded this scholarship in the past.



Exchange students  who are going to study in Mexico can choose to apply for the Mexican Government Scholarship Program

This scholarship is offered by the Mexican Government with the aim of strengthening international academic cooperation worldwide. 



The DUO-Singapore Fellowship Programme is awarded by the Singapore government to promote academic exchanges between full-time undergraduate students who are Singapore(or ASEAN citizens) and students from universities in European ASEM member countries. Students spending a year at the National University of Singapore may be eligible.

DUO awards are intended to promote student mobility. Students form an exchange pair with a student from a partner university in Singapore, so there must be an equal number of applicants from Leeds and the partner institution for every student to apply. Successful ‘duos’ will be awarded a maximum of 4,000 euros each. The scholarships are awarded on merit.



The DUO-Korea Fellowship Programme aims to promote exchanges of people between Korea and European countries. Your host university in South Korea will contact you if you are eligible to apply.



DUO-Thailand Fellowship Programme aims to enhance a balanced mobility of students between Thailand and 30 ASEM member states in Europe by supporting paired-based and two-way study abroad exchanges. Through this scheme students are eligible to receive up to €3,200 (€800 per month, for four months).


You may be able to find other scholarship opportunities via the award-winning scholarship portal, the European Funding Guide.

More ad-hoc funding provided by individual partner universities will be advertised on the Host University Catalogue section on the Study Abroad Minerva Organisation.