Scholarships and funding

The College of Arts and Law is a vibrant community of students and academics, dedicated to ensuring that excellence is rewarded, and that fears about finance do not constrain current or prospective students. For this reason, in addition to University funding schemes, we offer our own College-specific funding initiatives.

Funding for prospective students

The deadlines for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships through the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding for 2015 entry have now passed. However, a number of other schemes remain open for applications:

Birmingham Masters Scholarships

The Birmingham Masters Scholarship scheme is offering 224 £10,000 scholarships across the University. These are available for UK/EU Masters students from under-represented groups who are progressing from programmes for which they paid the higher undergraduate fee. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 31st March 2015.

Birmingham Masters Subject scholarships

Birmingham Masters Subject Scholarships - worth £10,000 - are also available to UK/EU Masters students who are progressing from programmes for which they paid the higher undergraduate fee, in specific subject areas. For the College of Arts and Law, this includes Directing, Heritage, Modern Languages and Shakespeare Studies. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 31st March 2015.

Distinguished Alumni Scholarship Scheme

The University of Birmingham is offering awards of £2,000 to outstanding alumni wishing to undertake Masters study at the University during 2015. There are 50 awards available and applications must be submitted by 5pm, Tuesday 31st March 2015. Full details and how to apply can be found on the Distinguished Alumni Scholarship page

College Scholarships

The College of Arts and Law is able to offer a number of awards for masters-level and doctoral students, as well as distance learning researchers. These awards are open to all UK, EU and international applicants, studing full-time or part-time.

Masters-level scholarships cover on-campus tuition at UK/EU rates, while doctoral scholarships cover on-campus tuition at UK/EU or international rates as appropriate, and include an annual maintenance grant. Distance learning bursaries are £2,000 for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students. To find out more and apply, please visit the links below:

For further information on college-based scholarships, please email:

Subject-specific scholarships

We have a range of subject-specific scholarships which may be appropriate for your area of study:

  • Law -  offers both LLM scholarships and Postgraduate Teaching Associate scholarships for PhD students. The deadline for LLM scholarships is Friday 19th June 2015 and the deadline for PTA scholarships is Monday 30th March 2015.
  • Modern Greek Studies - Three Leventis Studentships are available for students who wish to pursue a full-time higher degree programme (MA by Research, MRes or PhD) in Modern Greek topics. The deadline for applications is  Friday 19th June 2015.
  • Music - offers a wide range of Music Department Scholarships, as well as Bramall Performance Scholarships in Choral Conducting and Performance. The deadline for all Music Scholarships is Friday 12th June 2015
  • Philosophy - Philosophy scholarships are available for applicants to MA and MRes programmes. The deadline for applications is Friday 24th April 2015.

University Awards

College of Arts and Law students may also be eligible for the following University awards: A E Hills Scholarship; Alumni Scholarship; Frances Corder Clayton Scholarship; George Henry Marshall Scholarship; Kirkcaldy Scholarship; Neville Chamberlain Scholarship; Richard Fenwick Scholarship

Please note: You cannot apply for these awards directly - you must be nominated by a member of staff. If you wish to be considered for these, you will need to contact your programme convenor/potential supervisor in the first instance. 

International scholarships

The University also awards a number of scholarships for international students, including scholarships for students from particular countries and regions, such as the Hong Kong Postgraduate Scholarship and the Li Siguang Scholarship for Chinese PhD students.

Other funding opportunities

Other funding opportunities may be available to prospective postgraduate students throughout the year. For details of all funding opportunities that may be available to you, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database

Funding for current students

Within the College of Arts and Law we thrive on our research, which is why we offer our current postgraduate students the following funding opportunities for new activity or to enhance existing activity: 

University-wide funding schemes for existing students to undertake travel projects and accept internships is also available. For more information on these schemes, please visit the Student Funding Office pages of the intranet.