Scholarship application procedure

The following application guidance and advice is intended for applicants who wish to apply for one of the below listed 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 2018/19 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 must submit this request before the deadline of 30 April 2018 for the Santander Scholarship or 31 May 2018 for the USA Postgraduate Scholarship. 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 Funding, Graduation & Awards for advice:

Applications will be shortlisted and considered in April by a panel of staff.  

Due the large number of applications normally received, we are unable to contact all applicants individually, therefore, only successful applicants will be notified in writing by the end of June. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide individual feedback for unsuccessful applications. 

If you have not heard from the University by the end of June, please assume that your application for a scholarship was unsuccessful.

Who is eligible to apply?

All scholarship applicants must:

  • hold an offer of admission to an eligible one year Masters (taught or research) degree programme at the University of Birmingham;
  • be studying full-time and on-campus (not distance learning) ;
  • be classified as overseas for fees, i.e expecting to pay the international rate of tuition fees;
  • meet any nationality requirements, i.e some scholarships may require you to be a national of a particular country and/or living in a particular country or continent 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 applicants based on the information provided in the online application form. We also refer to undergraduate transcripts, undergraduate 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 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 achievement.  

Please note that if you are shortlisted you may be requested to complete additional essay style questions for the College in which you will be studying.   

Who are we looking for?

Many of our previous scholars have achieved first class undergraduate degrees, studied at top universities in their country, came top of their class or year group, or have won prestigious academic awards.

In addition, applicants who were successful offered an outstanding record of achievement in other areas of their life; perhaps exceptional achievement in extra-curricular activities (such as in sport or music, managing events or societies), significant achievement 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 £5,000 to £15,000 towards the cost of tuition for a Masters degree programme. 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 deadline for receipt of applications for 2018 entry is 30 April 2018 for the Santander Scholarship or 31 May 2018 for the USA Postgraduate Scholarship.

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