Scholarships in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences offer a wide variety of scholarships for both postgraduates undertaking both research and taught programmes.  

The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences have recently introduced a number of fully funded Postgraduate Elite Scholarships available to international (non-EU) applicants intending to undertake PhD research at the University.

In additional to this scheme, the University Graduate School have also recently launched the Doctoral Researcher Elite scholarships. The Elite Scholarships are full fee and maintenance grant awards for high calibre overseas doctoral researchers coming to Birmingham to start their PhD study.

Scholarships in the engineering schools

The following scholarships are offered on a competitive basis and by nomination only:

  • Dudley Docker PG Scholarship (£250 towards maintenance)
  • Hufton PG Scholarship (£1000 towards maintenance)
  • TI Group PG Scholarship (£1000 towards maintenance)
  • Guest Keen and Nettlefolds PG Scholarship (£1000 towards maintenance)

In addition to the scholarships above, and potential funding offered by the relevant research councils, a number of awards are offered by individual schools:

The School of Chemical Engineering offers the Bridon Postgraduate Award (by nomination only) which provide £1000 to maintenance costs for significant contribution to the school.

The School of Civil Engineering offers the William E Lardner award, worth £4,600 to a qualifying Master of Research student.

The School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering automatically considers MRes or PhD students from the UK with a 2.1 or above for full funding (tuition plus maintenance). EU students will be assisted with tuition fees only. A number of partial awards are available to students undertaking MSc study who demonstrate academic excellence. Students must state on their course application forms that they are seeking funding.

The School of Metallurgy and Materials offers MRes awards covering tuition fees and maintenance to students of high academic calibre by nomination only. Overseas students of a high academic standard may be considered for a Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award (DHPA).

Scholarships in the physical science schools

The School of Chemistry offers a number of awards through their Research School. The Research School is divided into three themes: Materials Chemistry (MC); Molecular Processes and Theory (MPT); and Molecular Synthesis and Chemical Biology (MSCB); and offer PhD studentships available to UK or EU students in each area. The school also offers a number of scholarships and bursaries for international postgraduate students.

The School of Computer Science has a number of scholarships for the PhD in Computer Science available each year. Applicants holding a conditional or unconditional offer are automatically considered for the awards.

PhD students from the UK or the rest of the European Union can apply for a Teaching Assistant (TA) position, which pays an enhanced studentship for up to four years. Applicants should indicate that they are interested in a Teaching Assistant position when making their application for a PhD place (on the application form under ‘How doyou intend to fund your studies’).

The school also provides bursaries for home, EU and international students undertaking a Masters degree in Computer Science.

The School of Mathematics has several full and partial scholarships available to support students studying for a PhD on an annual basis. Applicants are recommended to apply using the standard application form and to indicate in an attached letter that they wish to be considered for a scholarship.

In addition, MRes and PhD students can supplement their grants and awards by participating in the teaching of our undergraduate students. For further details please write to the Postgraduate Office, School of Mathematics or email to  

The School of Physics and Astronomy has a number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships available for suitably qualified candidates. Assistantships will be allocated on a competitive basis, awarding an EPSRC or STFC studentship plus the additional Teaching Assistantship Award for four years. Applicants are recommended to apply for a Research Studentship using the standard application form and to indicate in an attached letter that they wish to be considered for an Assistantship.


In order to be eligible for a scholarship within the college, candidates must usually either hold an offer of a place to study or have submitted an application to study at the University.