Funding Opportunities

Standard fees apply to the PhD programme, this programme is in the Fee Band C for international students.

Find out more about fees here.

Postgraduate studentships are available from a variety of government, charitable and industrial sources, and close collaborations exist with industry and research institutes both in the UK and internationally. 

Funding sources for our current PhD students are:

  • research councils (BBSRC and ESRC), 
  • Age UK, 
  • University elite scholarship, 
  • Brazilian studentship, 
  • Government funding.

Information about current postgraduate funding opportunities at the University of Birmingham can be found on the Graduate School Intranet site and on the College of Life and Environmental Sciences webpages.

Exercise as Medicine studentships

The College of Life and Environmental Sciences is expanding its research in the area of ‘Exercise as Medicine’ within the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences in conjunction with collaborators from a range of disciplines in and beyond the University. 

We are seeking highly qualified applicants for five PhD studentships funded at RCUK rates in any of the sub/disciplines, that can contribute to developing new knowledge in the area of ‘Exercise as Medicine’. The deadline for applications is 7 April 2015 and the programme of study will begin on the 28 September 2015.

Find out more about the Exercise as Medicine studentships.

Science without Borders

The Science without Borders programme offers funding for Brazilian postgraduates to study in the UK.

Under the scheme students can study for a PhD in science, technology, engineering or mathematics subjects at a UK university for 3-4 years. 

The scholarships cover:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Bench fees (the maximum amount available for tuition and bench fees combined is £20k per year)
  • A generous stipend paid directly to the student 

For information on applying visit the Brazilian government’s website.

Brazilian funding agencies no longer provide pre-sessional English courses for PhD students. However students can access a free online English course.

Application deadlines

There will be three calls in 2015, covering PhDs that start between July 2015 and July 2016. It is important that students apply to the correct call for their proposed start date. 

Call 1:

  • Application deadline: 19 December 2014 
  • Results announced: 15 April 2015
  • Start of scholarship: Between July and August 2015

Call 2: 

  • Application deadline: 23 April 2015
  • Results announced: 14 August 2015 
  • Start of scholarship: Between January and February 2016 

Call 3: 

  • Application deadline: 21 August 2015 
  • Results announced: 15 December 2015 
  • Start of scholarship: Between June and July 2016