Scholarships for International Students

A large group of Chevening 2015-16 Scholars (Leavers) holding up a University of Birmingham flag

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 directly supports either by administering, coordinating or funding (highlighted in bold text) and also external sources of funding that may be available to you. These scholarships are open to international applicants who are 'overseas' for fees purposes.

Multiple Region Scholarships & Funding

Multiple Region Scholarships & Funding
Scholarship Eligibility  Deadline 
All Saints Educational Trust Various. See website
Chevening & Birmingham Partnership Scholarships 160 countries,  Masters only.See website See website
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Specific Masters courses only. Open to students from the following counteries: Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon, Dominica, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, The, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia See website
Commonwealth Scholarships Students from developing Commonwealth countries, selected subjects only. Masters and PhD. See website
Commonwealth Split-site Scholarship Students from developing Commonwealth countries, selected subjects only. PhD only. See website
Gen Foundation Scholarships Any country. Postgraduate. Study and/or research in the field of natural sciences, in particular food sciences/technology. See website
Global Masters Scholarships 2024/25
£2,000 automatic scholarships for Masters study (excluding all Business School and Computer Science programmes). Open to students from the following countries: Cameroon, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, India, Iran, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, UAE, Vietnam , Zambia, Zimbabwe 31 May 2024
Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Scholarships Undergraduate, Masters and PhD. Open to students from IsDB member countries and Muslim communities in non-member countries.  See website
KAPLAN Outstanding Achievement Scholarship  Undergraduate. Open to international students currently studying at Kaplan International College London (KICL).

26 July 2024

Open Society Foundations Grant Programme Various grants, scholarships & fellowships with varying requirements.  See website

Roberto Rocca Fellowships

Students 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

University of Birmingham Sports Scholarships

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

See website

World Bank Scholarships Program

Candidates applying for Birmingham's MSc Conflict, Statebuilding and Development. Full award and eligibility details can be found on the World Bank Website.

See website

Africa (Sub-Sahara) Scholarships & Funding

Africa (Sub-Sahara) Scholarships & Funding
Scholarship (A-Z) Eligibility  Deadline 
Beacon Scholarship for University Undergraduate. Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia. See scholarship provider's website. See website
Kenya Higher Education Loans Board Loans & Scholarships Kenya. Postgraduate. See website
Nigeria Birmingham Outstanding Achievement Scholarships Nigeria, Undergraduate. 31 July 2023
Sudan Gordon Memorial College Trust Scholarships Sudan and South Sudan. Masters. See website

Americas Scholarships & Funding

Americas Scholarships & Funding
Scholarship (A-Z)  Eligibility  Deadline
Argentina BEC.AR Funding 


See website

Brazil British Council Women in STEM PG scholarships


To be confirmed for 2023/24

Canada Birmingham Outstanding Achievement Scholarship

Canada. Undergraduate.

30 June 2023

Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund

Canada. Postgraduate.

See website
Canada Student Loans Program

Canada. The 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 applying 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
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.

See website
USA Marshall Scholarship

USA, Postgraduate.

September/early-October of year preceding tenure

Asia Scholarships & Funding

Asia Scholarships & Funding
Scholarship (A-Z) Eligibility  Deadline 
Charles Wallace Trust Bursaries & Fellowships  Students from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar or Pakistan. Various funding opportunities are available at Masters or PhD level.

See website

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

See website

China Scholarship Council (CSC) - University of Birmingham PhD Scholarships

China (PRC). PhD. 10 February 2023
Hong Kong, Geoffrey Ma Undergraduate Scholarships
Hong Kong (SAR of PRC), Undergraduate. 31 July 2023
Hong Kong, Geoffrey Ma Postgraduate Scholarships Hong Kong (SAR of PRC), Postgraduate.

31 July 2023

India Birmingham Lord Karan Bilimoria (Chancellor) Scholarship
India, Postgraduate. 23 June 2023
India Birmingham Outstanding Achievement Scholarships India, Undergraduate. 30 June 2023
India Inlaks Scholarships India. Masters, MPhil, PhD in various subjects 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 Birmingham-MABECS Outstanding Achievement Scholarship

Malaysia, Undergraduate.

30 June 2023

MABECS/ Casita Outstanding Achievement Scholarships

Malaysia, Postgraduate.

30 June 2023

Pakistan Birmingham Outstanding Achievement Scholarships

Pakistan, Undergraduate.

30 June 2023

Singapore Birmingham-Overseas Education Outstanding Achievement Scholarship

Singapore, Undergraduate.

31 July 2023

Singapore Birmingham-IDP Outstanding Achievement Scholarship

Singapore, Undergraduate.

31 July 2023

Singapore Birmingham-JACK Study Abroad Outstanding Achievement Scholarship

Singapore, Undergraduate.

31 July 2023

Thailand Embassy London & Thailand Office of the Civil Service Commission 

Thailand, Masters and PhD.

See website

Turkey Birmingham Outstanding Achievement Scholarship

Turkey, Undergraduate.

30 June 2023

Europe Scholarships & Funding

Europe Scholarships & Funding
Scholarship (A-Z) Eligibility  Deadline 
Europe Birmingham Outstanding Achievement Scholarships France, Italy, Norway, Spain, Undergraduate. 30 June 2023
Norway Lanekassen Loans & Funding Norway. Undergraduate & Postgraduate. See website

Turkey Birmingham Outstanding Achievement Scholarship

Turkey, Undergraduate. 30 June 2023

Ukraine World Wide Studies (Victor
Pinchuk Foundation) Scholarships

Ukraine, Masters. See website

Middle East & North Africa Scholarships & Funding

Middle East & North Africa scholarships and funding
 Scholarship (A-Z) Eligibility Deadline
Egyptian Government Research Scholarships Egypt. PhD. Awards are administered by the Egyptian Cultural Centre & Educational Bureau in London. See website
Egypt Qalaa Scholarship Egypt. 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). See website
Qaddumi Foundation Palestine Khutwa Initiative (Formerly HQSF) Palestine. Masters. See website
Lebanon 'The British Lebanese Association' Scholarships Lebanon. Masters. See website
Middle East and North Africa GSUK Birmingham Outstanding Achievement Scholarship Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait, Bahrain, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE. Undergraduate 30 June 2023
Oman Government Scholarships Oman. Undergraduate & postgraduate. See website
Palestinian Territories 'Higher Education Scholarship Palestine' (HESPAL) Scholarship Junior academic staff in Palestinian universities. Masters & PhD. See website
Saïd Foundation Scholarship Syrian, Palestinian (including Palestinians inside Israel), Lebanese or Jordanian students. Masters only. Closed

Saudi Arabia Government Scholarships

(The Safeer portal can be accessed here) Saudi Arabia. Various levels. See website
Sudan Gordon Memorial College Trust Scholarships Sudan and South Sudan. Masters. See website

For students wishing to study at our Dubai campus, we offer a range of scholarships for Foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes starting in September 2023. 


University of Birmingham Dubai Campus Scholarships & Funding

Our Dubai campus scholarship options are designed to benefit all our new students and the financial rewards can be carried forward through the entire programme across foundation, undergraduate and post graduate levels. Students in Dubai also have an exceptional opportunity to use their acquired Dubai scholarship at the University's UK campus if they decide to pursure their undergraduate Year 2 at the UK campus. We have multiple scholarship programmes being offered to students wishing to study at our Dubai campus.

To find out more please visit our dedicated webpage.

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. You can find further information 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 on our dedicated webpage.

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   and MBA Scholarships and International applicants are eligible.

The College of Life and Environmental Sciences offers a number of postgraduate scholarships for International applicants.

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.

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.