Routes to Birmingham

We offer outstanding opportunities for academics at all stages of their careers to join our vibrant intellectual community and help shape the research agenda of the future.

Birmingham Marshall Scholarship

Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Marshall Scholarships finance up to 40 young Americans to study for a graduate degree in the UK. 

Fulbright Awards

The Fulbright Commission fosters academic exchange between the UK and USA. We are Fulbright’s most active partner, offering Birmingham-based awards across all levels of the scheme.

  • Fulbright Distinguished Chair: A prestigious six-month secondment for a prominent US Professor to undertake research and build links in the UK.
  • Fulbright-University of Birmingham Research Scholarship: A 3-9 month research, lecturing or teaching placement across any research-active department at the University.
  • Fulbright-University of Birmingham Postgraduate Scholarship: A one-year scholarship, either as part of a programme of study at a US institution, or on a one-year programme at Birmingham.

Chevening Scholarship Programme

The UK government’s international awards programme, typically provides funding for a one-year Master’s degree to develop global leadership across a range of fields.

Brazil Visiting Fellow Scheme

Offering early career university lecturers or post-doctoral researchers, currently working at universities in Brazil, the opportunity to spend up to three months at the University of Birmingham.

India Institute Fellowship Scheme

Supporting the two-way exchange of academics between the University of Birmingham and India, promoting research collaboration, individual training, and sustainable partnerships through joint projects.

Institute of Advanced Studies Fellowship Programmes

Vanguard Fellowships and Distinguished Visiting Fellowships attract outstanding researchers operating at the cutting edge of their disciplines, to work collaboratively with colleagues at the University of Birmingham.

BRIDGE Fellowship Scheme

In partnership with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, this unique programme brings together international research teams in the UK and USA for 3- to 5-year fellowships across priority research areas that address major global challenges.

Cadbury Research Fellowships

Four-week residential fellowships at the Department of African Studies and Anthropology for early-career scholars based at African institutions.

Commonwealth Fellowships

The Commonwealth Fellowship Scheme is an exciting opportunity for early career researchers from commonwealth countries to spend up to three months in Birmingham carrying out identified research projects. This opportunity arises from the university’s official partnership with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games due to take place in summer 2022.


Priestley PhD Scholarships

Our joint PhD programme with the University of Melbourne offers researchers in mental health, engineering and physical science subjects the opportunity to study at both our universities.

Global Challenge PhD Scholarship

Supporting talented students to explore, analyse and provide innovative solutions to key challenges in the modern world, from fighting inequality to stopping the spread of disease.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

A joint initiative with the UK Government supporting postgraduate students from developing commonwealth countries, who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK.

Staff Exchanges

Our staff mobility schemes provide opportunities for a two-way exchange between partner institutions across Europe to share best practice, or undertake teaching and training.