Alternative grants and bursaries

In addition to the statutory support that is available, as a full-time undergraduate you may also be eligible to receive additional scholarships or bursaries, depending on your financial circumstances, previous academic achievement, or the course you are undertaking.

School and Departmental Scholarships 

Depending on the subject you have chosen to study, there may be additional scholarships that are available to you that are administered by your School or Department. The eligibility criteria can vary depending on the School, but students are usually judged according to academic performance and/or financial need. These scholarships are offered in addition to the Chamberlain Award. You should contact your School or Department for details.

Music Scholarships 

In recognition of the role that music plays within the University, we are offering 30 Music Scholarships in 2013. Worth £1,000 per year, these scholarships are open to prospective students who have achieved grade 8 standard in an instrument or vocals and have an offer of a place on a full-time undergraduate programme (other than a programme offered by the Music Department) at the University of Birmingham, starting in September 2013.

Sports scholarships 

Sport has always been an important part of life at Birmingham, in terms of both our world-leading School of Sport and Exercise Sciences and our successful University sports teams. In recognition of this, University of Birmingham Sport offers around 30 scholarships each year to international-level performers from any academic department and of any nationality.

Scholarship support consists of facility membership (gym and swimming pool), strength and conditioning work, sport science and medicine services (including physiotherapy), lifestyle workshops and help with sports-specific expenditure. To learn more, visit the University of Birmingham Sport website.

Student Development Scholarships

If you are planning on undertaking a vacation project, you may be eligible to get funding for the costs of travel, accommodation, insurance, equipment etc by applying for a Student Development Scholarship. 

The Student Development Scholarships competition opens around December each academic year and closes in February. When the competition is open, guidance and an application form can be found on our awards available now web page.

Allen and Elizabeth Murray Centenary Scholarships 

Established by Professor Sir Kenneth Murray in memory of his mother and father, the Allen and Elizabeth Murray Scholarships scheme provides awards to the value of £2,000 to full-time home undergraduate students entering their second year of study. Candidates must be from a low-income background and be of outstanding academic ability. Each scholar will have their scholarship renewed in their third year provided they maintain a 2:1 standard of progression.

The Allen Murray Centenary Scholarship is available to students in the schools of Biosciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics and Astronomy. The Elizabeth Murray Centenary Scholarship is available to students in the School of Health Sciences and the Institute of Applied Social Sciences.

These scholarship are generally available during the first academic term; when the competition is open, guidance and an application form can be found on our awards available now web page.

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Bursary 

In order to be eligible for this bursary, you must be an undergraduate student who is the son or daughter, spouse, widow or widower of a commercial traveller, chemist, or grocer, who has been engaged in this occupation in the UK for at least five years in the recent past. A parent or spouse who is unemployed (or deceased) but who fell within one of these three categories when their employment ceased is also included. Funds are intended for those who are experiencing financial hardship. The maximum value of the bursary is £3,000 per annum, however the award will be adjusted according to the circumstances of the candidate, and will be dependant on satisfactory academic performance. Applications can be made online via the Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust website.

The closing date for applications is 1 November 2013.

The Grocott Award

The Grocott Award is available to second year home undergraduate students in the School of Biosciences who are studying animal or plant biology modules outside of the UK that contribute towards their degree programme.

The award is valued at £300 and is selected on the basis of financial constraints. Applicants should be in receipt of the Student Loan and should not be paying for tuition fees themselves. When applications showing similar financial constraints are received, selection will be based on the supporting statement provided by the student, the relevance of the proposed field study to the overall degree programme and the academic record of the applicant.

For further information contact the Student Funding Office.

Charles Brotherton Trust 

Awards from the Charles Brotherton Trust are non repayable and they typically range between £200 and £1,000. The trust fund was set up in order to assist British undergraduate and postgraduate students experiencing financial hardship and who are studying scientific subjects in particular, with priority going to students studying Chemistry and other related subjects. The committee will also consider applications from students studying other subjects. Please contact the Student Funding Office for more details.

Whitworth Scholarship Awards

Whitworth Scholarship Awards are for prospective or current undergraduates or postgraduates of any engineering discipline who have completed a 2 year engineering apprenticeship. The scholarships are valued up to £18,000 (for full time study up to £4,500 pa is available over 4 years, for part time study up to £3,000 pa). The closing date for applications is 30 June each year.

For further information and to apply visit

IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarship 

Funded by the the Institution of Engineering and Technology, these awards are open to UK students undertaking an IET accredited courses in Electrical, Electronic, Manufacturing Engineering or Computing. To qualify, applicants must have achieved 3 ‘A’ grades at A-level, 3 'A' grade Advanced Highers or 5 'A' grade Highers. Successful candidates will receive a scholarship of £1,000 for each year of their programme. Full details and an application form can be found at the IET website. The closing date for receipt of applications is 27 June 2013.