Scholarships and bursaries

There are a range of scholarships, bursaries and other support available  for new and current students at the School of Education.

The UK Government provides non-means tested loans to cover the full cost of part-time tuition for all eligible English resident or non UK EU undergraduates. View the funding for part-time students web page to find out if you are eligible. 

The new postgraduate loans system for Masters degrees in the UK will be introduced for students commencing in the 2016-17 academic year. The government-backed student loans will provide up to £10,000 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas.  Detailed criteria and information regarding the application process is expected in early 2016. For more detailed information view our Postgraduate funding page.  

Postgraduates may use the Postgraduate Funding Database to search for all scholarships and bursaries but some of the scholarship schemes open to those within the School of Education are listed below. Please read any documentation carefully for eligibility and closing dates. 

General funding advice may also be found on the Student Funding Office webpages.

School of Education PhD Studentships 2016/2017

The School of Education has been allocated funding by the College of Social Sciences for PhD studentships commencing in September 2016. The funding available allows us to offer one full-time PhD studentship (tuition fees and maintenance award of £14,296), plus a fees only award (full-time or part-time). These awards are only available to Home/EU students

Applications must be submitted to Helen Joinson ( by 7 June 2016 and must comprise:

  • a CV of no more than two pages, including academic qualifications (with degree classifications), relevant professional experience and (if applicable) publications  
  • two academic references (these may be the same references submitted for admission to the PhD programme)
  • a research proposal of no more than 800 words
  • a supporting statement from the (prospective) supervisor of no more than 500 words

Applications will be considered by a School of Education selection panel and decisions made by the end of June. 

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must either have applied to start a PhD in the School in September 2016, or be registered PhD students in the School in their first year of full-time or first two years of part-time study.

University of Birmingham Scholarships

Education students (UK/EU/International) if eligible, can apply for the following university studentships. There is one award for each studentship and they are tenable for one year only. 

  • Alumni Scholarship
  • A E Hills Scholarship
  • Francis Corder Clayton Scholarship
  • Richard Fenwick Scholarship

If you wish be nominated for one or more of these, please indicate this on your application form to the university, or advise the appropriate administrator. Nominations are open from mid-March prior to the start of the academic term and close at the end of May .  More information on the central university awards.  

The Birmingham Grant and Scholarship

  • The Birmingham Grant offers additional support to all full time undergraduate (classes as a UK student) students whose household income falls below the University's annual financial threshold.
  • The Birmingham Scholarship recognises the achievement of students from low-income backgrounds who perform extremely well in their A levels or equivalent qualifications and is open to students who do not have an undergraduate degree

View the  Birmingham Grant and Scholarship webpage  for details of eligibility and how to apply.

Additional funding for travel

Postgraduate researchers in the School of Education are able to apply for additional funding to support their studies, such as:

Funding for work placements, research placements and internships

The Careers and Employability Centre offer a range of award schemes for students from a range of backgrounds that are looking to undertake a variety of work experience placements and internships. Schemes include: 

The University of Birmingham Undergraduate Research Experience scheme offers financial support for undergraduates to undertake work experience or a research placement in the summer vacation. The scheme is open to all first-, second- and penultimate-year undergraduate students.   

Award schemes currently available include: 

  • The University of Birmingham International Work Experience scheme 
  • The University of Birmingham UK Professional Work Experience scheme 
  • The University of Birmingham Undergraduate Research Experience scheme
  • Gateway Bursary scheme 

Deadline: 3rd April 2016

The Global Challenge scheme is open to all undergraduate students including those in their final year. It gives you intern opportunities in top global companies. 

Deadline: 14th February 2016

Alumni Scholarship

This is for new and current full-time postgraduate students. The nomineed must be an alumnus or child of an alumnus of the University of Birmingham. The scholarship covers home rate tuition fees and occasionally some living costs.

Find out more about the Alumni Scholarship

Deadline: 13th May 2016

Funding schemes administered through the University of Birmingham

These funding schemes, which are relevant for those studying within the School of Education are administered through the University of Birmingham.

ESRC Studentships 2016

The School of Education is pleased to invite applications for ESRC postgraduate research studentships beginning in October 2016.

The Birmingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre is offering at least 15 studentships across the spectrum of social science disciplines, two of which are allocated specifically to Education. Studentships include tuition fees and an annual maintenance stipend.

Further information, guidance notes for applicants and the application form are available here:

Dead is 19th February 2016

U21 PhD Scholarships and the U21 Graduate Research Conference

International Relations offer a number of scholarships each year to assist PhD students in travelling to our U21 partners. Each scholarship pays up to £1,500 to assist a student with travelling and accommodation costs. A visit might usually be expected to be for a period of approximately one month. For a full list of U21 institutions please visit the official U21 website:  .

The deadline is Monday 28th March 2016

The Florence Congleton Scholarship

The Florence Congleton Scholarship is to support an African woman who is on a postgraduate taught programme here in the School of Education. More information on the Florence Congleton Scholarship 

Please be aware that this scholarship is not available every year.

The Li Siguang Scholarship

This scholarship, offered in partnership with the China Scholarship Council (CSC) awards PhD scholarships for postgraduate research students from China. Applications are open from 20 March to 5 April. You must already have an offer for 2016 to apply or be in the first year of your PhD study.

More information on the Li Siguang Scholarship  

University of Birmingham Brazil Scholarships

The University of Birmingham offered 5 full fee scholarships for Brazilian PhD students to study at Birmingham, commencing their studies in 2015. The scholarships were available for three years. Funding allocations for 2016 have yet to be confirmed

More information on the Birmingham Brazil Scholarships

Funding schemes administered by external organisations

There are also some  external funding schemes which are applicable for students from the School of Education. 

The Chevening/Birmingham Partnership Award

Chevening has partnered with the University of Birmingham to co-fund 16 Chevening/Birmingham Partnership Awards. Six partnership awards are specifically available to candidates from Brazil, Canada, India, Indonesia, Nigeria and South Korea. The remaining ten partnership awards are open to candidates from all Chevening-eligible countries.

Awards support any one-year taught Master’s degree  offered at the University of Birmingham. Applicants can choose any other course of study, but are encouraged to refer to their country pages for details of priority areas of study for their region.

Further details on the Chevening/Birmingham Partnership Award

Physics teacher training scholarships

The Institute of Physics (IOP) has 150 teacher training scholarships worth £30,000 available to physics trainees starting their teacher training in the 2016/17 academic year. Scholarships will be instead of the standard government bursary for trainee teachers, but trainees who are not awarded a scholarship will continue to be eligible for a standard bursary. There are a number of rounds associated with this scholarship.

The Hockerill Foundation

The Hockerill Foundation makes grants to individuals training in the UK to be teachers with a priority to those teaching Religious Education. Applications are accepted from December and the deadline is 31 March each year. Late applications will be considered for priority areas.

For further information, please view

The Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust

The trust supports students applying or accepted on a full or part-time postgraduate Masters or Doctoral degree. Grants are normally worth between £300 to £1,000 in value. They are intended to cover the shortfall incurred by educational and subsistence expenses upon payment of tuition fees.

Find out more 

BFWG (British Federation of Women Graduates) Scholarships 

The British Federation of Women Graduates scholarships are for women who will be in their third year of doctoral studies or part time equivalent at the time when the awards are given out. The awards are given on the basis of overall academic excellence determined from information on application form, referee reports and interview for shortlisted candidates. Awards are given out in September/October and range upwards from £1,000 with the average being around £3,000.

To be eligible to apply for a BFWG award for the year 2015/16 you must be: A female postgraduate student who commenced full time doctoral studies eg. PhD, DPhil, DMus etc. between 1 September 2012 and 31 October 2013, or a part time student at an equivalent stage of her studies. You must be registered at a university in England, Wales or Scotland (not Northern Ireland). Awards are given to help with on-going doctoral work rather than as prizes at the end of doctoral studies so we are not expecting applicants to be submitting their theses before February 2016 at the earliest. To be eligible, fees for the year from October 2015 must be paid or covered by available funds or waived by the university. This has now closed for 2015

Please visit the BFWG website for further details

International Placement Scheme

AHRC offers current AHRC/ESRC students the opportunity to undertake a short term placement of up to 6 months in some of the worlds largest libraries (ESRC students may only apply to the Library of Congress)

Closing date: 21st January 2016

Find out more

FindAPhD/FindAMasters Scholarships

Register for the 2016  FindAPhD and FindAMasters scholarships for those wishing to start in autumn 2016. 

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries

Postgrad solutions offer a number of £500 bursaries. You may only apply after you have accepted an offer of a place.

  • Distance Learning Bursary - open to any student starting a distance Learning Postgraduate course
  • General UK Bursary - Open to any student starting any UK Postgraduate course
  • English Language Bursary - Open to any student who has taken an IELTS English Language test and who is applying for a UK postgraduate course
  • PhD/Research Bursary - Open to any student starting a UK PhD or research programme.

Find out more

Closing date is 14 September 2016

Daiwa Scholarship for UK citizens

The Daiwa Scholarship is a unique 19-month programme of language study, work placement and homestay in Japan open to all UK students (UG, PPD, PGR). The Scholarships are provided by the Foundation to encourage better understanding between both countries.

Daiwa Scholarships offer young and talented UK citizens with strong leadership potential, the opportunity to acquire Japanese language skills, and to access expertise and knowledge relevant to their career goals.


The application form for 2017 will be uploaded during the autumn of 2016. Further information may be found on the Daiwa Website

If you wish to apply for funding for a research degree in the School of Education, please contact Helen Joinson for more information.
Tel: 0121 414 4847