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. 

For more information and to apply, please visit our AHRC Research Areas page. 

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 2015 we are pleased to be able to offer a number of awards masters-level and doctral researchers, 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 doctroral scholarships cover on-campus tuition at UK/EU or international rates as appropriate, and include an annual maintenance grant.

Distance Learning Research Bursaries are also available. These are one-off awards for applications to our distance learning MRes, MA by Research or PhD programmes. These awards are open to all UK, EU and International applicants, studying full- 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

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: 

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.