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. However, 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 MayMore 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 30 March 2014.  

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 2014  

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 2014

The School of Education is pleased to invite applications for ESRC postgraduate research studentships beginning in October 2014.

The Birmingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre is offering 22 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.

This has now closed for 2014 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:  http://www.universitas21.com/member  .

This has now closed for 2014 

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. 

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 2014/15 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. Late applications will be considered for priority areas.

For further information, please view  http://www.hockerillfoundation.org.uk/Grants.aspx

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 2014/15 you must be: A female postgraduate student who commenced full time doctoral studies eg. PhD, DPhil, DMus etc. between September 1 2011 and October 31st 2012, 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/March 2014 at the earliest. To be eligible, fees for the year from October 2014 must be paid or covered by available funds or waived by the university. This has now closed for 2014

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.

Deadline - this has now closed for 2014 entry.

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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. You can register now and will be sent details when the scholarship scheme opens in June 2014. 

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  4 December 2014 . 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
Email: H.E.Joinson@bham.ac.uk