Doctoral Research Scholarships and funding

The University has a number of awards for UK/EU and overseas candidates starting a one-year Masters programme in 2013 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
We are 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 (£13,726 in 2013/14). Applications for ESRC funding beginning in October 2014 are now being accepted.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) postgraduate studentships. Nominations must be made by the end of February 2013, so applicants wishing to be considered for nomination should apply to the School by mid-January 2013.

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, commencing in 2013.

The Birmingham Li Siguang (李四光) PhD Scholarship
The University of Birmingham is offering 6 PhD scholarships for students from China for 2013 entry. This scholarship scheme is open to all fields and named in honour of Li Siguang, one of Birmingham’s most famous Chinese graduates.

University of Birmingham Elite Doctoral Scholarships for overseas candidates. Nominations must be made by 14 January 2013, so applicants are encouraged to apply to the School by early December 2012.

Central University Scholarships

These are one-year Scholarships which offer fees and 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.

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.


The School offers DR funding for the following:

  • Bursaries that cover part fees/maintenance for doing a PhD. Limited funds are available each year and will be allocated on a competitive basis. For further information, the PhD candidate should approach his/her supervisor or Departmental DR Lead
  • Conference funding. Grants are available for the travel expenses and registration fees for postgraduate research students delivering a paper at an academic conference. There are 3 deadlines annually.
  • 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. Deadline: 09 May 2014.

Further information

Tricia Carr - Doctoral Research Student Administrator
Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 6346, Email: