University of Birmingham Commonwealth Scholarship

Students at graduationIn celebration of the University’s proud status as a partner sponsor of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, we are offering an unprecedented Masters scholarship for international students, to ensure that concerns about finance do not present a barrier to students from Commonwealth countries considering study at the University.

What is the University of Birmingham Commonwealth Scholarship?


With a value of £3,000 per scholarship, this award is available to all international students from countries participating in the Commonwealth Games 2022, who are seeking to study a taught Masters degree at Birmingham in the 2021/22 academic year. Eligible scholars who successfully meet the criteria will have this amount deducted from their total tuition fees owed.

Why choose Birmingham?

For over 120 years, our innovative academic research and teaching has influenced society and made an impact on people’s lives. We continue to have an impact on our city, our country and across the world, and our partnership with the Games is testament to the role we play in our region. 

The city and the University are official partners for the Games and Birmingham is perfectly positioned to host such an event – at the centre of the UK with vast experience of hosting world-class international events across our vibrant and diverse city. 

By choosing the University of Birmingham during this important year, you will experience the city and campus at its most vibrant.

A unique experience

The University will be a competition venue for both hockey and squash, and the principal campus village during the Games, which will be held from 28 July to 8 August 2022, welcoming both athletes and spectators to our campus.

We will also offer volunteering opportunities for staff and students on campus, giving you the chance to gain valuable experience of working at a major sports event.

Birmingham will not just benefit from exciting sporting events. As part of the Games, the city will also host a six-month arts festival from March 2022, exploring the spirit of the Games and celebrating our rich cultural sector in the West Midlands. This means you will have an unparalleled opportunity to explore and experience the city, enjoy our cultural and sporting assets, and take advantage of the opportunities a thriving city offers.

Birmingham 2022: The Countdown Begins

Who is eligible for a University of Birmingham Commonwealth Scholarship?

In order to be eligible, candidates must meet the following requirements. You must:

  • Have applied for, and receive an offer of admission for, a taught Masters degree at the University of Birmingham UK campus, to study in the 2021/22 academic year.
  • Be classed as ‘domiciled’ in one of the Commonwealth countries. Please see the list below.
  • Be classed by the University as an overseas fee payer for tuition fee purposes.
  • Start your studies at the University in September/ October 2021 on a course delivered on-campus. 

Are there any programmes not eligible?

  • If you defer your programme, you will no longer be eligible for the scholarship award as it is only available for the 2021 academic year.
  • Students seeking to study on a course solely delivered as a ‘distance learning’ programme are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Students applying for programmes in the Birmingham Business School are not eligible for this scholarship but are eligible for other separate MSc and MBA scholarships offered by the Business School. 

Which are the Commonwealth countries?

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas, The
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cyprus
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Gambia, The
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Lucia
  • Samoa
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Vincent and The Grenadines
  • Swaziland
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tuvaluo
  • Uganda
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • Vanuatu

How to Apply

This scholarship will be automatically offered to applicants who meet the criteria outlined above.

To accept the scholarship you will need to formally accept the offer you receive from the University’s Admissions Office, by the deadline stated on your offer. You can do this via the postgraduate portal.

To fully secure the scholarship, you will also be required to pay the standard £2,000 (GBP) admissions deposit by the deadline set by the Admissions Office. 

Further information

If you have further questions about the scholarship, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions.

Terms and Conditions

Deadline

All applications to study in September 2021 must be received by the deadline of 1 July 2021, however we recommend that you apply for your intended programme as soon as possible to ensure you meet the eligibility for this scholarship.

For information on how to apply to our postgraduate programmes, visit our guidance pages

Please be aware that the University reserves the right to cease the scholarship offer to new applicants at any time.

Once an offer for admissions is made, candidates must meet the deadlines set by the Admissions Office (and stated in the offer letter) to ‘accept’ their offer and pay a deposit – this will simultaneously secure both the place on the Masters degree programme and also this scholarship.

To secure this scholarship candidates must have an unconditional offer, and have accepted this unconditional offer, by 31 August (23:59 UK time/ GMT+1). If candidates secure an unconditional offer after this, they will not be eligible for this scholarship.

Awarding

Scholarships will be awarded based on the eligibility criteria outlined above and according to the application and admission process stated above. The University will make its best endeavours to input the scholarship details onto each student’s CAS record for visa application purposes (this ‘note’ will be visible for the UKVI but not the student). The scholarship, applied as a discount to tuition fees, will be awarded/ applied upon enrolment of the successful candidate in September 2021.

Financial conditions

Please note that eligible students who successfully secure this scholarship must have sufficient funds to cover the full cost of living at the University of Birmingham (plus any visa/travel expenses associated with studying in the UK) and must also be able to pay the outstanding tuition fees that are not covered by the scholarship.

To secure this scholarship, candidates must have completed online registration and be ‘Normally Registered’ by 3 October (23:59 UK time/ GMT+1). If this is not the case, the university will withdraw the scholarship. Candidates must have also paid their net tuition fees for the first year by 1 November, or have set up a payment plan and paid their first instalment. 

If you withdraw from your programme of study at the University this scholarship will also be fully withdrawn and you will be required to pay your tuition fees. The date of your withdrawal (as reported to Taught Student Administration) and the type of programme will determine the amount of tuition fee that you will be charged.

Are there any other conditions to this scholarship?

In accepting and securing this scholarship, awardees are expected to support the University, to a reasonable extent, by providing profiles testimonials and engaging in ambassadorial activities if requested by the University.