There are a range of scholarships, bursaries and other support for new and current students at the School of Education. Some of the awards are solely for Postgraduate Researchers and some are open to all. Please read the information carefully.
General funding advice may also be found on the Student Funding Office webpages.
From September 2012, the UK Government will provide 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.
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 2013 - 2014
The School of Education is pleased to invite applications for ESRC postgraduate research studentships for 2013-14.
The Birmingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre is offering 14 studentships across the spectrum of social science disciplines.
Full studentships include tuition fees and maintenance stipends for three or four years of full-time study.
This scheme is now closed for 2013.
Download Information on the ESRC Studentship eligibility and the application process (PDF, opens new window).
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
The Li Siguang Scholarship
In 2013, the University of Birmingham offered 6 PhD scholarships for postgraduate research students from China.
More information on the Li Siguang Scholarship
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.
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.
Elite Doctoral Researcher Scholarships 2013-2014
The University Graduate School has ten Elite Doctoral Researcher Scholarships available for the 2012-2013 academic year.
The Scholarships are available to outstanding overseas candidates of the highest academic aptitude holding an offer of a place to study on a PhD at the University of Birmingham starting in October 2012.
More details may be found at: www.graduateschool.bham.ac.uk/rsa/researchcouncils/drelite.shtml - Monday 14 January 2013
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
The closing date for the Birmingham grant and scholarship is 31 May 2012. 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:
The Student Development Scholarships and Graduate Travel Scholarships provide financial support to enable students and graduates of the university to undertake worthwhile and original travel projects intended to further their academic or personal development.
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. 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
Raleigh Bursary scheme
Full details and online application forms for all of the schemes mentioned above can be found on the Careers and Employability Centre funding page
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. It is also open to final-year undergraduate students who are in the process of applying for, or who have already applied for, a place on a postgraduate programme at the University of Birmingham for the 2012-13 academic year. This scheme is now closed for 2012
Funding schemes administered by external organisations
There are also some external funding schemes which are applicable for students from the School of Education.
National Scholarship Fund for Teachers and SEN support staff
This scheme for teachers is to provide an opportunity for teachers to deepen their specialist or subject knowledge. There will be four priority areas:
special education needs and disabilities (SEN/D)
There is also a scheme for SEN support staff who have attained a full level 3 qualification and hold higher level teaching assistant (HLTA) status.
All applicants must read the handbooks and submit their applications online. Applications may be accepted from 8 April and the closing date is 25 April 2013
For further details, please view www.birmingham.ac.uk/national-scholarship-fund
Physics teacher training scholarships
The Institute of Physics (IOP) has 100 teacher training scholarships worth £20,000 available to physics trainees starting their teacher training in the 2013/14 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.
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. The deadline is 31 March each year.
For further information, please view www.hockerillfoundation.org.uk/Grants
BFWG (British Federation of Women Graduates) Scholarships 2013
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 usually range between £2,500 and £6,000.
Only women doctoral students (PhD, DPhil or equivalent) who began full time doctoral studies between September 1st 2010 and October 31st 2011 (or the part time equivalent) are eligible to apply. We expect applicants to be at least temporarily resident in Britain as we are unable to accept distance learners overseas.
Closing date is Friday 22 March 2013.
Please visit the BFWG website for further details
Library of Congress
The Library of Congress offers current AHRC/ESRC students the opportunity to undertake a short term placement of up to 6 months in the largest library in the world.
Find out more
FindAPhD Scholarships 2013
The FindaPhD website is offering 8 £500 subject specific scholarships and one £1,000 general scholarship wishing to start a PhD in autumn 2013 International Scholarships. You can register now and will be sent details when the scholarship scheme opens in May.
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.
NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE OF JAPAN OR JAPANESE IS NECESSARY.
The next closing date for applications is Thursday 5 December 2013. It is possible to apply online from mid-September 2013. The application form and notes may be found on the Daiwa Website www.dajf.org.uk
If you wish to apply for funding for a research degree, please contact Helen Joinson for more information.
Student Research Office, (for research degrees)
Tel: 0121 414 4847