Scholarships and funding

The College of Arts and Law is a vibrant community of students and academics, and we are dedicated to ensuring that excellence is rewarded, and that fears about finance should 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

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships

The University of Birmingham will be offering a number of AHRC-funded studentships for September 2014, through its involvement in the Midlands Three Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. The partnership brings together expertise from the Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, Birmingham City University, the University of Leicester and De Montfort University. Please note that applications have now closed. All applicants will be contacted will be informed of the panel's decision no later than the end of March 2014. 

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding

The University of Birmingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) is one of 21 across the UK, and can offer 22 scholarships to fund postgraduate training and doctoral research. To find out more, please visit the Economic and Social Research Council funding page. 

College Scholarships

In addition to the funding provided through the Midlands Three Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, in 2014 we are pleased to be able to offer a number of awards for masters-level as we have in previous years. These awards are open to all UK, EU and International applicants, and cover full-time, on-campus tuition at UK/EU rates.

Please note that applications for our campus-based  Doctoral Research Scholarships have now closed. 

For those applying to study a Distance Learning MA by Research or PhD, we are also pleased to offer Distance Learning Research Bursaries. These are one-off awards, which are available to all current and prospective students on distance learning research programmes, both home and overseas, throughout the College. 

To be eligible to apply for any of these funding schemes, please select a course from our Coursefinder listings, and submit an application to study.

For further information on any of these college-based schemes, please email:

College of Arts and Law Alumni Bursary

If you have studied at the University of Birmingham previously, you are also eligible for the College of Arts and Law Alumni Bursary, which entitles you to a £750 reduction on full-time taught postgraduate courses in the College. 

Other sources of funding

A number of other funding opportunities are available to prospective postgraduate students throughout the year at College and University level. In particular, we have a wide range of subject-specific scholarships and funding which may be appropriate for your area of study, including Philosophy, Law, Music, Heritage and History. To discover whether you are eligible for any of these awards, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database

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, the Li Siguang Scholarship for Chinese PhD students and the University of Birmingham Brazil Scholarships. These scholarships and many others can be found through the University-wide 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: