Scholarships for International Students

Chevening 2015-16 Scholars (Leavers

To reward outstanding achievement and to help ensure that fears about finance do not constrain prospective international students from considering study at the University of Birmingham, we are pleased to offer a number of prestigious international scholarships*.

Please click on the links below for further information about the international scholarship programmes that the University currently supports (highlighted in bold text) and also external sources of funding that may be available to you. These scholarships are generally open to applicants from outside of the European Union and EU applicants are advised to review our UK/EU funding pages.

Multiple Region Scholarships & Funding

Programmes (A-Z) Eligibility  Deadline 
Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarships / Loans Masters & PhD. Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique.  See website
All Saints Educational Trust Various. See website
Bellerbys Colleges Outstanding Achievement Scholarships Undergraduate. Open to international students who are currently studying at Bellerbys College in Brighton, Cambridge, London or Oxford. See website
BP Scholarships Open only to existing University of Birmingham first year students on undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, Natural Sciences, Business, Economics. Students from all countries eligible (including international students). See website
Chevening & Birmingham Partnership Scholarships 160 countries,  Masters only. Deadline 6 Nov 2018 (for Sept 2019 start)
Chevening Scholarships  160 countries,  Masters only. Closed - Deadline 7 Nov 2018 at 12:00 GMT (for Sept 2018 start)
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Students from developing Commonwealth countries, selected subjects only. Masters only. See website
Commonwealth Scholarships Students from developing Commonwealth countries, selected subjects only. Masters and PhD. Deadline 19 December  2018 at 16:00 GMT (for Sept 2019 start)
Commonwealth Split-site Scholarship Students from developing Commonwealth countries, selected subjects only. PhD only. See website
Commonwealth Rutherford Scholarships  Highly skilled researchers from Commonwealth countries. PhD only. See website
Distinguished Alumni Scholarships Any country. University of Birmingham alumni seeking to undertake a Masters. To be confirmed
Dubai Campus University of Birmingham Scholarships Foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate courses starting Sept 2018. Subjects: Business, Computer Science, Economics, Education and Engineering.  See website
Foundation Pathways Any country, foundation study To be confirmed
Gen Foundation Scholarships Any country. Postgraduate. Study and/or research in the field of natural sciences, in particular food sciences/technology.

See website
Islamic Development Bank Scholarships  56 countries, PhD only. See website
Open Society Foundations Grant Programme Various grants, scholarships & fellowships with varying requirements.  See website

Roberto Rocca Fellowships

Student from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Mexico, Romania, Venezuela. Candidates from the fields of Materials Science, Mechanical, Metallurgical or Petroleum Engineering and whose research offers potential benefits to the steel industry. PhD only.

See website

Sports Scholarships at Birmingham

Any country, 40 awards of varying amounts each year to national and international level athletes who come to study at Birmingham.


Various, see website

Africa & Middle East Scholarships & Funding

Programmes (A-Z) Eligibility  Deadline 
African MBA Scholarship African continent. MBA full time only. See website
Egypt Birmingham-GlobalStudyUK Outstanding Achievement Scholarships Egypt, Undergraduate. To be confirmed
Egyptian Government Research Scholarships Egypt. PhD. Awards are administered by the Egyptian Cultural Centre & Educational Bureau in London. See website
Egypt Qalaa Scholarship (also know as 'Citadel Scholarships') Egypt. Masters. Closed. Re-opens 15 January 2019
Hani Qaddumi Scholarship Fund (HQSF) Palestine. Masters. See website
Israel AJA Karten Scholarship  Israel. Masters & PhD. See website
Israel Kenneth Lindsay Trust Scholarships Israeli citizens (including those from all religious or other communities). 30 April 2019 (for Sept 2019 start)
Kenya Higher Education Loans Board Loans & Scholarships Kenya. Postgraduate. See website
Lebanon Birmingham-GlobalStudyUK Outstanding Achievement Scholarships Lebanon, Undergraduate. To be confirmed
Lebanon 'The British Lebanese Association' Scholarships Lebanon. Masters. 30 Nov 2018 (for Sept 2019 start)
Nigeria Birmingham Bridge House Outstanding Achievement Scholarships Nigeria, Undergraduate. to be confirmed
Nigeria Birmingham SI-UK Outstanding Achievement Scholarships Nigeria, Undergraduate. To be confirmed
Nigeria Birmingham UKEAS Outstanding Achievement Scholarships Nigeria, Undergraduate. To be confirmed
Oman Government Scholarships Oman. Undergraduate & postgraduate. See website
Palestinian Territories Gaza Fakhoora's Scholarship Palestinian students from Gaza. Undergraduate & Postgraduate. See website
Palestinian Territories 'Higher Education Scholarship Palestine' (HESPAL) Scholarship Junior academic staff in Palestinian universities. See website
Saïd Foundation Scholarship Syrian, Palestinian (including Palestinians inside Israel), Lebanese or Jordanian students. Masters only. 1 Nov 2018 (for Sept 2019 start)
Saudi Arabia Government Scholarships Saudi Arabia. Various levels. See website
Sudan Gordon Memorial College Trust Scholarships Sudan and South Sudan. Masters. 28 Feb 2019 (for Sept 2019 start)

Americas Scholarships & Funding

Programmes (A-Z)  Eligibility  Deadline
Argentina BEC.AR Funding


See website

Canada Birmingham Undergraduate Scholarship

Canada, Undergraduate.

To be confirmed

Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund

Canada. Postgraduate.

See website
Canada Student Loans Program

Canada. Government of Canada offers student loans to students who demonstrate financial need in most provinces and territories across Canada.

See website
Chile CONICYT (Comision Nacional de Investigacion Cientifica Y Tecnologica) Scholarships

Chile. For leading Chilean students to undertake postgraduate study abroad at Masters and PhD level in a range of subject areas which includes science, engineering, architecture and business.

See website
Colombia COLFUTURO Funding


See website
Mexico CONACYT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología) Scholarships Mexico. CONACYT will consider most subjects for funding, however applicants to priority areas are at an advantage. PhD research applicants are a priority but masters applicants will also be considered. Note applicants must hold an 'unconditional' offer to study at a UK University before they can apply for a CONACYT scholarship. Applicants can apply to both the Federal level calls and State level calls which have different deadlines. See website
Mexico FIDERH Loans Mexico. Masters. Loans to support the education and self-improvement of technical and higher-degree specialists in scientific, technological and administrative fields that significantly contribute to the country's economic and social development. See website
Mexico FUNED Grants Mexico. Masters. Subjects: Business Administration and Financing, Economics, Law, International Trade and Political Science, Engineering, Architecture, International Relations. See website
Peru PRONABEC Funding Peru. See website
Santander Scholarships Students from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, USA or Venezuela. Masters. To be confirmed
USA Birmingham Postgraduate Scholarship USA, Masters. To be confirmed
USA Birmingham Undergraduate Scholarships

USA, Undergraduate

To be confirmed
USA Federal Student Aid / Sallie Mae Loans 

United States citizens or permanent residents may be eligible. The University of Birmingham is approved by the U.S. Department of Education to offer the Federal Direct Loan Programme and the Funding, Graduation & Awards office process loan applications from July-Aug each year.

See website
USA Fulbright Scholarship

USA, Postgraduate.

9 Oct 2018 (for Sept 2019 start)
USA Marshall Scholarship

USA, Postgraduate.

1 Oct 2018 (for Sept 2019 start)

Asia Scholarships & Funding

Programmes (A-Z) Eligibility  Deadline 
Aviva Scholarship China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan & Vietnam. Masters only. Must be an Aviva customer or son/ daughter of Aviva customer.

See website

Azerbaijan SOCAR Scholarships Azerbaijan. Masters.

See website

Charles Wallace Trust Bursaries & Fellowships  Students from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar or Pakistan. Various funding opportunities available at Masters or PhD level.

See website

China Medical Board Next Generation Fellowships China. Masters degree in fields related to Health Policy and Systems Sciences.

See website

Jean Monnet programme Turkey, Masters & PhD

See website

Hong Kong Birmingham Postgraduate Scholarship  Hong Kong, Masters.

To be confirmed

Hong Kong Birmingham Outstanding Achievement Scholarship Hong Kong, Undergraduate.

To be confirmed

Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme Hong Kong,  Undergraduate and Masters.

31 Dec 2018 at 18:00 Hong Kong time

India Birmingham Outstanding Achievement Scholarships India, Undergraduate.

To be confirmed

India Goa Education Trust Scholarships Goan students, India. Masters.

See website

India Inlaks Scholarships India. Masters (Excluding: Engineering, Computer Science, Business Studies, Medicine, Public Health, Fashion Design, Music and Film Animation).

See website

India JN Tata Endowment Loan Scholarships India. Masters & PhD.

See website

India Lady Meherbai D. Tata Education Trust Scholarships Open to Indian women seeking postgraduate study.

See website

India Ravi Sankaran Fellowship Program

India. Masters in ecology or conservation fields.

See website

Indonesia LPDP Scholarships Indonesia. Postgraduate.

See website

Kazakhstan Bolashak Scholarships Kazakhstan. Masters

See website

Malaysia Taylor's-Birmingham Outstanding Achievement Scholarship

Malaysia, Undergraduate.

To be confirmed

TEH Automotive Scholarship, Malaysia

Malaysia, Postgraduate

See website

Pakistan Higher Education Commission Scholarships

Pakistan. Postgraduate. 

See website

Singapore Birmingham-Edulink Outstanding Achievement Scholarship

Singapore, Undergraduate.

To be confirmed

Singapore Birmingham-Overseas Education Outstanding Achievement Scholarship

Singapore, Undergraduate.

15 June 2018

Thailand Embassy London & Thailand Office of the Civil Service Commission

Thailand. Masters & PhD.

See website

Europe (non-EU) Scholarships & Funding

Programmes (A-Z) Eligibility  Deadline 
Jean Monnet programme Turkey. Masters & PhD See website
Norway Lanekassen Loans & Funding Norway. Undergraduate & Postgraduate. See website
Russia Global Education Programme Funding Russia. Masters or PhD  in a priority study area. See website
Ukraine World Wide Studies (Victor
Pinchuk Foundation) Scholarships
Ukraine, Masters. See website

If you have any additional questions about these scholarships please review the individual scholarship webpages for further contact details.

College & Departmental International Scholarships at Birmingham

The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences offers a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries for undergraduate students, many of which are open to international applicants. If you are applying for an undergraduate degree in the School or Department of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electronic Electrical & Systems Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgy & Materials or Physics & Astronomy then please see this page for further information. Other Colleges, Schools and Departments may also offer specific subject-based scholarships that you may be eligible for. Please contact them for details about how to apply or be nominated. 

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences offers a number of postgraduate scholarships and International applicants are eligible.

The College of Arts and Law offers a range of postgraduate scholarships and undergraduate scholarships in Law and International applicants are eligible. 

The Birmingham Business School within the College of Social Sciences offers Business subject related postgraduate taught scholarships and International applicants are eligible.

Other sources of funding at Birmingham

The University maintains searchable databases of all scholarships, university wide, open to undergraduate or postgraduate applicants. International applicants are advised to review the relevant database to check their eligibility and apply if appropriate. The University also supports a series of high profile undergraduate scholarship programmes within the UK, some of which may also be open to international students. More information about these programmes can be found on our scholarships, grants and bursaries webpage.

Other external sources of funding

The University of Birmingham currently supports international students who come with funding from over 250 individual sponsoring ministries, governments, charities, companies and partner organisations. If you are seeking financial assistance to study in the UK you may wish to discuss this with your employer or contact your domestic Ministry of Education who may be able to advise you on your own government’s support programmes for overseas study. The British Council (or Embassy/ High Commission) in your country will also be able to inform you of any other UK scholarship programmes for which you may be eligible.

*The information displayed on this website may be subject to change. The University of Birmingham reserves the right to amend its scholarship provision without notice.