Scholarships and bursaries

There are a range of scholarships, bursaries and other support 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.  

Postgraduates may use the Postgraduate Funding Database to search for scholarships and bursaries. In addition, 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. 

  • 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. The application deadline is 29 March 2015.  

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

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. 

This has now closed for 2015


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.

Birmingham Masters Scholarship Scheme

For 2015 entry the University has 224 new £10,000 scholarships available for Masters students from under-represented groups. These scholarships have been jointly funded by the British Government.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be domiciled in the UK or EU (Students recorded as Home or EU for fee-status purposes are eligible, provided that they meet the other eligibility criteria.
  • Progressing from an undergraduate course for which they were charged the higher tuition fee (applicable since 2012–13) To be eligible you must have attended a UK university at which you paid a tuition fee of £9,000 per year. Students who already hold a Masters degree are not eligible.
  • Studying full time or part time for a maximum of two years. A standard taught Masters course lasts one year if taken on a full-time basis, or two years if taken part time. Full-time courses that last two years are eligible. Any course that lasts longer than two years is not eligible for the funding.
  • Undertaking a Masters course in an eligible subject (exclusions include teacher training). All taught Masters courses that are not already part funded by the Government are eligible for the awards.
  • From a group that is evidentially under represented among the institution’s taught-Masters population.

Awards will then be allocated on the basis of merit – simply meeting the criteria will not guarantee that your application is successful.

Round 1 deadline is 31st March 2015

Find out more 

ESRC Studentships 2015

The School of Education is pleased to invite applications for ESRC postgraduate research studentships beginning in October 2015.

The Birmingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre is offering 25 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:

This has now closed for 2015

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 for the PhD Scholarship is 29th March 2015

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.

More information on the Li Siguang Scholarship  

University of Birmingham Brazil Scholarships

The University of Birmingham is pleased to announce that it will again be offering 10 full fee scholarships for Brazilian PhD students to study at Birmingham, commencing their studies in 2014. The scholarships will be available for three years.

More information on the Birmingham Brazil Scholarships

This has now closed for 2014 

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 have now closed and will reopen in August 2015

National Scholarship Fund for Teachers and SEND support staff

This scheme for teachers is to provide an opportunity for teachers to deepen their specialist or subject knowledge.

This year the Department for Education is interested in applications from groups of teachers or SEND support staff who want to work together. The activity should deepen SEND knowledge and ability to provide effective support to pupils with SEND.

Further details on the  National Scholarship Fund

This has now closed for 2014

Physics teacher training scholarships

The Institute of Physics (IOP) has 100 teacher training scholarships worth £25,000 available to physics trainees starting their teacher training in the 2015/16 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 

This is now closed until 4 January 2016

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. Deadline is 27th March 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)

This has now closed for 2015.

Find out more

FindAPhD Scholarships 2014

The FindaPhD website is offering seven £500 subject specific scholarships and one £1,000 general scholarship wishing to start a PhD in autumn 2014 International Scholarships. This has now closed for 2014 entry but you may register for information for 2015

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 next closing date for applications is 3 December 2015. It is possible to apply online from mid-September 2015. The application form and notes may be found on the Daiwa Website

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