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

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships

The University of Birmingham is part of the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, offering 87 AHRC-funded studentships for September 2015. 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: the application deadline for 2015 has now passed. 

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 2015 we are pleased to be able to offer a number of awards for masters-level and doctoral students, as we have in previous years. 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.

A number of Distance Learning Research Bursaries are also available for our distance learning MRes, MA by Research and PhD programmes. These awards are open to all UK, EU and international applicants, studying full-time or part-time. UK/EU bursaries are £2,000 and international bursaries are £3,000 for full-time awards; part-time awards will be adjusted pro-rata. 

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

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 range of subject-specific scholarships and funding which may be appropriate for your area of study. To discover whether you are eligible for any of these awards, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database

Three Leventis Studentships are available for students who wish to pursue a full-time higher degree programme (MA by Research, MRes or PhD) in the fields of Modern Greek (including Cypriot) literature, language, history and culture. 

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. 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: 

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.