Doctoral Research Scholarships and funding

The University has a number of awards for UK/EU and overseas candidates starting a one-year Masters programme and for PhD study, some of which are region- and country-specific scholarships. Interested candidates are strongly urged to apply. More information on the Scholarships and grants page.

Home/EU Scholarships

Economic and Social Research Council funding
The University of Birmingham is an ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, and as such is able to offer 22 ESRC scholarships to fund postgraduate training and doctoral research, with both +3 (PhD) and 1+3 (Masters and PhD) funding available. A full ESRC scholarship comprises research fees, relevant bench fees, and an annual Research Council stipend (£13,863 in 2014/15). The deadlines for the ESRC funding competition for study commencing in September 2015 will be announced shortly.

Applications for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) postgraduate studentships. need to be made to the DTC in January 2015 (deadline to be announced shortly; see above). They are then shortlisted for nomination at School level. Applicants must hold an offer from the university to be eligible. For this reason, we strongly encourage applicants to contact the School as early as possible during the period Oct-Dec 2014 so that we are aware of your intention to apply, can ensure that your initial application is attached to a supervisor and considered promptly by the Admissions Director, and can guide you in preparing your ESRC application. Applicants who submit an application to the DTC in January without having prior discussions with the School are less likely to be successful. If you intend to apply for an ESRC studentship, please contact the
School Director of Doctoral Research, Dr Adam Quinn at the earliest possible stage.

International Scholarships

To award outstanding achievement and to attract students of the highest calibre from around the world, the University of Birmingham is pleased to offer a number of international scholarships. Scholarships for international students.

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.

The Birmingham Li Siguang (李四光) PhD Scholarship
The University of Birmingham is offering 6 PhD scholarships for students from China. This scholarship scheme is open to all fields and named in honour of Li Siguang, one of Birmingham’s most famous Chinese graduates.

Central University Scholarships

These are one-year Scholarships which offer fees and - subject to availability of funds - maintenance. Some of these scholarships are subject-specific, for international students and for home students. All scholarships listed below are offered subject to available funds, and are open to both EU and international students in addition to home students, unless otherwise stated. To be considered for these schemes, applicants must hold an offer from the university by May 01, 2015

Awards available:

  • A E Hills PG Scholarship
    Open to any full-time postgraduate.
  • Alumni PG Scholarship
    Open to any postgraduate student who is either an alumnus or the child of an alumnus of the University of Birmingham. Preference will be given to nominees that have made significant contributions to wider University life outside of academic achievement.
  • Francis Corder Clayton PG Scholarship
    Open to any full-time postgraduate undertaking a programme in an Arts subject.
  • Joseph Chamberlain PG Scholarship
    Open to students undertaking a programme in the College of Social Sciences (except Education) or in the Engineering Schools. The award is limited to students whose parents/guardians have been bona fide residents in the former West Midlands County for four years prior to the start of the course, or who fulfil the residency criteria themselves.
  • Kirkcaldy PG Scholarship
    Open to students undertaking a programme in the College of Social Sciences (except Education). 
  • Richard Fenwick PG Scholarship
    Open to any full-time postgraduate with the exception of those studying in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences.

More information about General eligibility, nomination, selection and notification.

School studentships

Each year the School is able to offer some bursaries that cover all or part of PhD fees, and sometimes also a stipend for living expenses.  Limited funds are available each year and are allocated on a competitive basis. This is open to both current PhD students and new offer-holders. To be considered for this funding, applicants must hold an offer by May 01, 2015.

For further information, please contact the School Doctoral Director, Dr Adam Quinn (a.j.quinn@bham.ac.uk).

Funds for current Doctoral Researchers

The School offers DR funding for the following:

  • Conference funding. Grants are available for the travel expenses and registration fees for postgraduate research students delivering a paper at an academic conference. These are
    allocated competitively in three rounds each year. Deadlines for application are circulated by email before each round.
  • General research funding. Funding from the School is available for small requests from doctoral researchers in order to cover general research costs that cannot be covered by funding from other sources. This fund will be allocated competitively by the same committee which allocates conference funds. Application process and deadlines will be advertised by email.

Further information

Tricia Carr - Doctoral Research Student Administrator
Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 6346, Email: p.a.carr@bham.ac.uk