First recipient of new international scholarship programme arrives in Wales

The first ever recipient of the prestigious new Global Wales scholarship programme has arrived in Wales to study for a Master’s degree at Bangor University.


Launched in 2020 by Universities Wales, the Global Wales scholarship programme supports international students wishing to study at postgraduate level at a Welsh University in 2021. 


Forrest Lancaster, from Maine in the USA, will receive £10,000 towards his tuition fees for his chosen MA in Celtic Archaeology.


Forrest first fell in love with Wales when he first visited the country in 2016: 

“Since childhood, I have avidly devoured historic texts, legends and the mythology of the Celts. My more recent studies have led me to write and produce a series of historical videos on forgotten ancient sites, country houses and castles. 


“Bangor University is a perfect location for me as a mature student interested in these areas.  It is set within a relaxed environment and very affordable.  With study pathways available in archaeology and heritage my studies will allow me to gain the skills I will need to directly interface with future careers in teaching or the heritage sector.” 


Professor Iwan Davies, Chair of the Global Wales Board, said: 

“I am delighted to welcome our first Global Wales Scholarship student to Wales. 


“This initiative supports our shared goal of growing our already significant international educational relationships.


“The opportunity to increase student and researcher mobility will be of huge benefit, not only to the individuals concerned but to our universities and campuses.  The Global Wales scholarships will allow more students the opportunity to experience Wales’ high-quality educational experience and will enrich and further internationalise Welsh classrooms.


“We look forward to maintaining longstanding relationships with our scholars long after they graduate, building lasting relationships into the future”. 


Global Wales scholarships are available to students from Vietnam, India, the USA and the European Union with the aim of developing long term educational links and partnerships. More information available here.


Over 20,000 overseas students currently study at Welsh universities each year.