Scholarships, grants and bursaries


At Birmingham we ensure that fears about finance do not constrain prospective students from considering university and that excellence is rewarded. The University offers a range of additional financial support for students studying at Birmingham in the form of bursaries, grants and scholarships.

Chamberlain Award

If your household income is below £36,000 you will be entitled to additional financial support from the University in the form of a Chamberlain Award.

Music Scholarships

In recognition of the role that music plays within the University, we offer a number of Music Scholarships each year. Offering approximately 17 hours of musical tuition per year for three years (total cash value of £3,000), these scholarships are open to prospective students who are performing at a 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.

Sports scholarships

The University is rated amongst the very best in the country for sport and this status is reflected in the wide range of sport scholarships that we offer. Our flagship scheme, called the UBsport scholarships, offers awards from £3,500 up to £6,000 separated into bronze, silver and gold categories according to the level at which you are competing.

We have also recently introduced 20 new Sport Performance Awards, which are available to undergraduates entering the University who have competed at country level or above within their sport. The awards offer £1,000 in services for the 3 years of study, dependant on upholding a minimum of 2:1 academic progression.

Subject-based scholarships

Depending on the subject you have chosen to study, there may be additional scholarships available to you that are administered by your School. These scholarships are offered in addition to the Chamberlain Award.

Lloyds Scholars Programme

Open to full-time undergraduate students with an assessed household income of under £25,000 who are commencing their studies in September 2015, the Lloyds Scholars Programme offers a unique package of annual bursaries, performance-related awards, volunteering opportunities and paid internships.

Aston Villa Scholarships

Launched in 2013, the Aston Villa Scholarship is unique; it represents the first instance of a Premier League club joining with a University to offer a scholarship scheme to students. In addition to offering £1,200 per year, this award gives recipients the chance to become part of the 'Villa in the Community' initiative by particpiating in projects run by the club in the local area. The scholarship is open to full-time undergraduate students entering their first year at the University through the Access to Birmingham scheme (A2B).

Scholarships for international students

We offer a range of scholarships for our international students. To assess whether you might quality for a financial scholarship, please visit our international scholarship pages  for more information.

Other scholarships

For information on the various subject based bursaries, grants and scholarships on offer, please visit our alternative grants and bursaries page.

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