Scholarships for International Students 2017

Chevening 2015-16 Scholars (Leavers

To reward outstanding achievement and to help ensure that fears about finance do not constrain prospective international students from considering study in the UK, the University of Birmingham is pleased to offer a number of prestigious international scholarships for 2017 entry*.

Please click on the links below for further information about the international scholarship programmes that the University currently supports (highlighted in bold text) and also external sources of funding that may be available to you. These scholarships are generally open to applicants from outside of the European Union and EU applicants are advised to review our UK/EU funding pages.

Multiple Region Scholarships & Funding

Programmes (A-Z) Eligibility  Deadline 
Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarships / Loans Masters & PhD. Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique.  See website
All Saints Educational Trust Various. 2 March 2017
Bellerbys Colleges Outstanding Achievement Scholarships Undergraduate. Open to international students who are currently studying at Bellerbys College in Brighton, Cambridge, London or Oxford. 21 July 2017
Chevening & Birmingham Partnership Scholarships 160 countries,  Masters only. Closed - Deadline on 8 November 2016
Chevening Scholarships  160 countries,  Masters only. Closed - Deadline on 8 November 2016
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Students from developing Commonwealth countries, selected subjects only. Masters only. 28 February 2017
Commonwealth Scholarships Students from developing Commonwealth countries, selected subjects only. Masters and PhD. Closed - Deadline on 15 November 2016
Commonwealth BEIS Scholarships for PhD Students who are resident/citizens/refugees in Australia, The Bahamas, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cyprus, Malta or New Zealand 21st March 2017 at 23:59 GMT
Distinguished Alumni Scholarships Any country. University of Birmingham alumni seeking to undertake a Masters. 28 April 2017 (17:00 GMT)
 Foundation Pathways Any country, foundation study 30th June 2017
Gen Foundation Scholarships Any country. Postgraduate. Study and/or research in the field of natural sciences, in particular food sciences/technology.

28 February 2017
Islamic Development Bank Scholarships  56 countries, PhD only. See website
Open Society Foundations Grant Programme Various grants, scholarships & fellowships with varying requirements.  See website

Roberto Rocca Fellowships

Student from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Mexico, Romania, Venezuela. Candidates from the fields of Materials Science, Mechanical, Metallurgical or Petroleum Engineering and whose research offers potential benefits to the steel industry. PhD only.

Closed - 15 December 2016

Sports Scholarships at Birmingham

Any country, 40 awards of varying amounts each year to national and international level athletes who come to study at Birmingham.


Various, see website

Africa & Middle East Scholarships & Funding

Programmes (A-Z) Eligibility  Deadline 
Beit Trust Scholarships Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe. Masters and PhD. See website
Egypt Birmingham-GlobalStudyUK Outstanding Achievement Scholarships Egypt, Undergraduate. 1 July 2017
Egyptian Government Research Scholarships Egypt. PhD. Awards are administered by the Egyptian Cultural Centre & Educational Bureau in London. See website
Egypt Qalaa Scholarship (also know as 'Citadel Scholarships') Egypt. Masters. 15 April 2017
Israel AJA Karten Scholarship  Israel. Masters & PhD. See website
Israel Kenneth Lindsay Trust Scholarships Israel.  30 April 2017
Kenya Higher Education Loans Board Loans & Scholarships Kenya. Postgraduate. See website
Lebanon Birmingham-GlobalStudyUK Outstanding Achievement Scholarships Lebanon, Undergraduate. 1 July 2017
Lebanon 'The British Lebanese Association' Scholarship Fund Lebanon. Masters. See website
Nigeria Birmingham Outstanding Achievement Scholarships Nigeria, Undergraduate. 31 May 2017
Oman Government Scholarships Oman. Undergraduate & postgraduate. See website
Palestinian Territories Gaza Fakhoora's Scholarship Palestinian students from Gaza. Undergraduate & Postgraduate. See website
Palestinian Territories 'Higher Education Scholarship Palestine' (HESPAL) Scholarship Junior academic staff in Palestinian universities. See website
Saïd Foundation Scholarship Syrian, Palestinian (including Palestinians inside Israel), Lebanese or Jordanian students. Masters only. Closed - Deadline on 1 November 2016
Saudi Arabia Government Scholarships Saudi Arabia. Various levels. See website
Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company (SNEPCo) Postgraduate Scholarship Nigeria, MSc Geotechnical Engineering only 30/06/2017
Sudan Gordon Memorial College Trust Scholarships Sudan and South Sudan. Masters. 28 February 2017

Americas Scholarships & Funding

Programmes (A-Z)  Eligibility  Deadline
Argentina BEC.AR Funding


See website

Canada Birmingham Undergraduate Scholarship

Canada, Undergraduate.

30th April 2017

Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund

Canada. Postgraduate.

See website
Canada Student Loans Program

Canada. Government of Canada offers student loans to students who demonstrate financial need in most provinces and territories across Canada.

See website
Chile CONICYT (Comision Nacional de Investigacion Cientifica Y Tecnologica) Scholarships

Chile. For leading Chilean students to undertake postgraduate study abroad at Masters and PhD level in a range of subject areas which includes science, engineering, architecture and business.

See website
Colombia COLFUTURO Funding


See website
Mexico CONACYT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología) Scholarships Mexico. CONACYT will consider most subjects for funding, however applicants to priority areas are at an advantage. PhD research applicants are a priority but masters applicants will also be considered. Note applicants must hold an 'unconditional' offer to study at a UK University before they can apply for a CONACYT scholarship. Applicants can apply to both the Federal level calls and State level calls which have different deadlines. See website
Mexico FIDERH Loans Mexico. Masters. Loans to support the education and self-improvement of technical and higher-degree specialists in scientific, technological and administrative fields that significantly contribute to the country's economic and social development. See website
Mexico FUNED Grants Mexico. Masters. Subjects: Business Administration and Financing, Economics, Law, International Trade and Political Science, Engineering, Architecture, International Relations. See website
Peru PRONABEC Funding Peru. See website
Santander Scholarships Students from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, USA or Venezuela. Masters. 31 March 2017 (12:00 GMT)
USA Birmingham Postgraduate Scholarship USA, Masters. 31 March 2017 (12:00 GMT)
USA Birmingham Undergraduate Scholarships

USA, Undergraduate

30th April 2017
USA Federal Student Aid / Sallie Mae Loans 

United States citizens or permanent residents may be eligible. The University of Birmingham is approved by the U.S. Department of Education to offer the Federal Direct Loan Programme and the Funding, Graduation & Awards office process loan applications from July-Aug each year.

See website
USA Fulbright Scholarship

USA, Postgraduate.

Closed - Deadline on 11 October 2016
USA Marshall Scholarship

USA, Postgraduate.

Closed - Deadline on 3 October 2016

Asia Scholarships & Funding

Programmes (A-Z) Eligibility  Deadline 
Azerbaijan SOCAR Scholarships Azerbaijan. Masters.

See website

Charles Wallace Trust Bursaries & Fellowships  Students from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar or Pakistan. Various funding opportunities available at Masters or PhD level.


China 'Great Britain China Centre' Awards Chinese PhD students. Students must have started their third year of a PhD before they are eligible to apply.

See website

China Medical Board Next Generation Fellowships China. Masters degree in fields related to Health Policy and Systems Sciences.

See website

GREAT Scholarships for EPS - India  India. Undergraduate programme in the College of Engineering & Physical Sciences (Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Nuclear Science and Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, Railways Engineering)

14th July 2017

GREAT / Birmingham Scholarships for Law - India India. Postgraduate programme in Law, LLM

21st July 2017

Hong Kong Birmingham Postgraduate Scholarship  Hong Kong, Masters.

31 March 2017

Hong Kong Birmingham Outstanding Achievement Scholarship Hong Kong, Undergraduate.

28 July 2017

Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme Hong Kong,  Undergraduate and Masters.

31 December 2016

India Birmingham Outstanding Achievement Scholarships India, Undergraduate.

7 July 2017

India Goa Education Trust Scholarships Goan students, India. Masters.

See website

India Inlaks Scholarships India. Masters (Excluding: Engineering, Computer Science, Business Studies, Medicine, Public Health, Fashion Design, Music and Film Animation).

See website

India JN Tata Endowment Loan Scholarships India. Masters & PhD.

See website

India Lady Meherbai D. Tata Education Trust Scholarships Open to Indian women seeking postgraduate study.

See website

India Ravi Sankaran Fellowship Program

India. Masters in ecology or conservation fields.

See website

Indonesia LPDP Scholarships Indonesia. Postgraduate.

See website

Kazakhstan Bolashak Scholarships Kazakhstan. Masters

See website

Malaysia MABECS-Birmingham Outstanding Achievement Scholarship

Malaysia, Undergraduate.

2 June 2017

Malaysia Taylor's-Birmingham Outstanding Achievement Scholarship

Malaysia, Undergraduate.

2 June 2017

Pakistan Higher Education Commission Scholarships

Pakistan. Postgraduate. 

See website

Singapore Birmingham-Edulink Outstanding Achievement Scholarship

Singapore, Undergraduate.

2 June 2017

Thailand Office of the Civil Service Commission

Thailand. Masters & PhD.

See website

Europe (non-EU) Scholarships & Funding

Programmes (A-Z) Eligibility  Deadline 
Norway Lanekassen Loans & Funding Norway. Undergraduate & Postgraduate. See website
Russia Global Education Programme Funding Russia. Masters or PhD  in a priority study area. See website
Ukraine World Wide Studies (Victor
Pinchuk Foundation) Scholarships
Ukraine, Masters. 15 May 2017

If you have any additional questions about these scholarships please review the individual scholarship webpages for further contact details.

College & Departmental International Scholarships at Birmingham

The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences offers a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries for undergraduate students, many of which are open to international applicants. If you are applying for an undergraduate degree in the School or Department of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electronic Electrical & Systems Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgy & Materials or Physics & Astronomy then please see this page for further information. Other Colleges, Schools and Departments may also offer specific subject-based scholarships that you may be eligible for. Please contact them for details about how to apply or be nominated. 

Other sources of funding at Birmingham

The University maintains searchable databases of all scholarships, university wide, open to undergraduate or postgraduate applicants. International applicants are advised to review the relevant database to check their eligibility and apply if appropriate. The University also supports a series of high profile undergraduate scholarship programmes within the UK, some of which may also be open to international students. More information about these programmes can be found on our scholarships, grants and bursaries webpage.

Other external sources of funding

The University of Birmingham currently supports international students who come with funding from over 250 individual sponsoring ministries, governments, charities, companies and partner organisations. If you are seeking financial assistance to study in the UK you may wish to discuss this with your employer or contact your domestic Ministry of Education who may be able to advise you on your own government’s support programmes for overseas study. The British Council (or Embassy/ High Commission) in your country will also be able to inform you of any other UK scholarship programmes for which you may be eligible.

*The information displayed on this website may be subject to change. The University of Birmingham reserves the right to amend its scholarship provision without notice.