Scholarship application procedure

The following application guidance is intended for candidates who wish to apply for one of the following scholarships:

For any other international scholarships, please refer to individual pages for detailed application procedures.

Application process

A link to the online application form is sent automatically via email to students who receive an offer of admission to an eligible degree programme for the 2019/20 academic year.  

If you have not received the application link, please submit an online enquiry for the attention of the Funding, Graduation & Awards office, including your full name, University ID number (as provided in your admissions offer letter) and a brief description. You are advised to submit this request well before the advertised scholarship deadline to ensure you have sufficient time to submit the scholarship application. Any requests received after the deadline may be declined.

The application is a web-based form which is submitted electronically to the University of Birmingham. If you experience any technical difficulties completing the form, please contact the Funding, Graduation & Awards Team for advice:

Applications will be shortlisted and considered by a panel of staff shortly after the relevant application deadline advertised.

Due to the large number of applications we normally receive, we are unable to contact all applicants individually. Please note that only successful applicants will be notified in writing following the deadline of the relevant scholarship. Unfortunately we are unable to provide individual feedback for unsuccessful applications. 

If you have not heard from the University by the end of June in the year for which you are applying to enter your programme please assume that your application for a scholarship has unfortunately been unsuccessful.

Who is eligible to apply?

All scholarship applicants must meet the following general eligibility requirements (note any additional requirements will be listed on the individual scholarship webpages). Candidates must:

  • hold an offer of admission to an eligible degree programme at the University of Birmingham;
  • be studying full-time and on-campus at the UK campus (not distance learning) ;
  • be classified as 'overseas' for fees (i.e expecting to pay the international rate of tuition fees);
  • meet any domicile/ residence requirements (i.e some scholarships may require you to be a domicile/ resident of a particular country at the time of application;
  • not be in receipt of a full fee paying scholarship from any other source;
  • have sufficient funds to cover the full cost of living for a year at the University of Birmingham, plus any visa/travel expenses associated with studying in the UK.
  • be able to pay any outstanding tuition fees that the scholarship does not cover.

What kind of information needs to be submitted?

The University considers scholarship applicants based on the information provided in the online scholarship application form and also the application submitted to our Admissions Office for entry onto the academic programme. As such we may also refer to academic transcripts, graduation certificates (if applicable) and any references submitted to the University as part of the admissions process. There is no need for applicants to submit any additional supporting documentation to apply for the scholarship.

The online scholarship application form includes general questions about the applicant's academic background and includes short essay-style questions (250 word limit) about academic and extra-curricular achievements.  

Who are we looking for?

Many of our previous scholars have excelled academically in their previous studies or have won prestigious academic awards.

In addition previous scholars have been candidates recognised at some point in their life as outstanding in other areas of their life. This might include exceptional achievement in extra-curricular activities such as in sport or music, managing events or societies, significant achievements gained in their working life or through volunteering and service to others.

What does the scholarship cover?

The scholarships are tuition fee only awards ranging in value from £2,500 to full fees contributions. Applicants must be able to cover the additional costs associated with studying at the University of Birmingham, including living costs, travel to the UK and potentially any outstanding tuition fees (if the award is only a partial tuition fee scholarship).

What is the deadline for applications?

The deadlines for the various awards listed above vary. Please check the relevant scholarship pages for the specific deadlines.

Applications will not be accepted if they are submitted to the University after this date.