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 postgraduate loans system for Masters degrees in the UK provides up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Further details.  

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.

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. The award covers fees and stipends for living costs may be available in some cases.

  • A E Hills Scholarship
  • Francis Corder Clayton Scholarship
  • Richard Fenwick Scholarship - research based programmes only

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 in May.  More information may be found on the postgraduate funding database  

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.

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: Now closed for 2017

The Global Challenge Scheme

The University of Birmingham is offering up to 20 fully-funded Global Challenges PhD Scholarships available to UK/EU applicants. Deadline is 28th April 2017 Find out more

Distinguished Alumni Scholarship Scheme

The University is offering awards of £2,000 per scholarship to outstanding alumni wishing to undertake Masters study at the university. The Scholarships will be awarded to up to 50 candidates based on performance in their undergraduate studies at the University. If you are in your final year of undergraduate study at Birmingham and are due to graduate this year, you are eligible to apply. Find out more

Deadline: 28 April 2017 

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.

AHRC Funding through the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

Through the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, the University of Birmingham is one of six institutions offering Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded PhD studentships for EU/UK students for 2017 entry. Find out more

Deadline: Now closed for 2017 entry

ESRC Graduate School Doctoral training Partnerships (DTP)

ESRC doctoral research studentships, comprising tuition fees and a stipend, are available for October 2017 through the Midlands Graduate School DTP. Studentships are offered in 13 training pathways, including Education. Find out more 

Deadline: Now closed for 2017 entry.  

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:

Deadline: Now closed for 2017

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 but will be offered for 2017.

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 and recommendation from the University of Birmingham to apply.

More information on the Li Siguang Scholarship  

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

Applications are now closed for 2017 entry. Applications for 2018/19 entry open in August 2017

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 2017/18 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 

Deadline: 31 March 2017 or after the first 300 applications have been received.

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 2016/17 you must be: A female postgraduate student who commenced full time doctoral studies eg. PhD, DPhil, DMus etc. between 1 September 2014 and 31 October 2015, 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 2018 at the earliest. To be eligible, fees for the year from October 2017 must be paid or covered by available funds or waived by the university.

Deadline: Now closed for 2017

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)

Deadline: this has now closed for 2017

Find out more

FindAPhD/FindAMasters Scholarships

Register for the 2017  FindAPhD and FindAMasters scholarships (worth £12,000) for those wishing to start in autumn 2017. 

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: 14 September 2017

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 closing date is 1 December 2017

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 email