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Hornby Trust Scholarship at the University of Exeter, UK 2024

The University of Exeter is accepting applications for its fully-funded Hornby Trust Scholarship.

About the University of Exeter and Scholarship

Nestled in the picturesque West Country of England, the University of Exeter stands as a beacon of academic excellence with its main campus located in the historic city of Exeter, Devon. The university traces its roots back to esteemed predecessor institutions—St Luke’s College, Exeter School of Science, Exeter School of Art, and the Camborne School of Mines—established in 1838, 1855, 1863, and 1888, respectively. These venerable institutions joined forces, receiving their royal charter in 1955 to form the University of Exeter. In post-nominals, the university is abbreviated as Exon. (derived from the Latin Exoniensis), a distinguished suffix bestowed upon honorary and academic degrees from the institution.

The University of Exeter prides itself on a rich history and a commitment to fostering educational excellence. As a testament to this commitment, the Hornby Education Trust, affiliated with the university, places a special emphasis on capacity building for English language teaching in low- and middle-income countries. The trust plays a pivotal role in advancing Master’s degree scholarships, specifically designed for teachers and professionals engaged in English language teaching, demonstrating both experience and potential to make a substantial impact in their home countries.


For the September 2024 entry, the University of Exeter, in collaboration with the Hornby Education Trust, offers an exceptional opportunity with up to ten (10) fully funded scholarships for the MEd TESOL Programme. These scholarships aim to attract academically talented individuals with substantial experience in English language teaching, who are not only nationals of but also actively contribute to low- and middle-income countries, as defined in the OECD DAC list (listed here).

Details about the Hornby Trust Scholarship at the University of Exeter:

Scholarship Sponsor: University of Exeter, UK

Scholarship Value: Full fee waiver, Stipend, Travel Costs*

Number of awards: 10

Study level: Masters

Host Institution(s): University of Exeter, UK


Scholarship includes;

  • Full fees
  • A minimum of £15,500 in stipend money (disbursed over several months) to cover living expenses and housing (the exact amount will be confirmed upon acceptance of the award).
  • Costs of return international travel*

*Covers one trip to the UK at the beginning of the course and one trip home after the course. An unrestricted return ticket is advised.

Hornby Trust Scholarship – Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are advised to meet the following requirements to be qualified for the Hornby Trust Scholarship at the University of Exeter:

  • You have to live and work in one of the low-income or middle-income nations on the OECD DAC list (see this list).
  • After receiving your first degree, you must have worked as a full-time TESOL teacher for at least three years, or gain equivalent professional experience.
  • You already need to have a suitable postgraduate degree or an undergraduate degree with grades at least equal to upper second-class honors in the UK.
  • To obtain an Exeter student number and apply for the MEd TESOL program at the University of Exeter, you must first submit a standard postgraduate application. As soon as your Exeter application is received, you will receive a direct call from this number. You won’t be able to apply for a Hornby Scholarship until after that because your application needs to include this number.

Selection Criteria

  • If an applicant is selected for an interview, they will be informed no later than April 15, 2024.
  • Interviews are scheduled to take place on Monday, April 29, and Monday, May 6.
  • The final result will be communicated to the applicants who were selected for interview no later than May 22, 2024.
  • The English language exam price necessary for admission to the MEd TESOL program will be repaid to any candidates who make the shortlist.

Application Process for Hornby Trust Scholarship

For admission to the MEd TESOL program at the University of Exeter, please first fill out the Apply Online form found on this webpage. After you have your Exeter student number, please fill out this application for the Hornby Scholarship here

Kindly keep in mind that to submit your scholarship application, you will require your Exeter student number. You can also visit the official website for further details.

The Application Deadline is: March 1, 2024

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