How to apply for a College of Arts and Law scholarship

Please note that applications for 2021 entry are now closed. The information below is provided for guidance only, prior to the next round of funding being announced, if available.

For an application for funding to be considered, we must have received the following by the relevant deadline:

  1. Application to study
  2. Completed online funding application form
  3. Two valid references 

1. Apply to study 

Before applying to a College of Arts and Law scholarship, you must have completed an application to study a relevant course at Birmingham. To make an application to study, please visit your chosen course's webpage and click the 'Apply now' button in the centre of the page.  

2. Complete funding application

Once you have made an application to study, you will need to complete the relevant online scholarship application form below and submit it by 4pm on Monday 1 March 2021 for Doctoral scholarships or Monday 22 March 2021 for Masters scholarships. When clicking 'Submit', you will receive an on screen 'Thanks for the submission' message, which confirms that a submission has been made. 

Please note, once you have made an application to one of our College of Arts and Law scholarships listed below, your application will automatically be considered for any relevant scholarships in this list for which you may be eligible, without you having to make additional applications. This also applies if you have made an application for Arts and Humanities Research Council funding through the Midlands4Cities consortium. However, if you have applied for Economic and Social Research Council funding, you will also need to make a separate application to the College of Arts and Law scholarships. 

There are several other funding schemes available, which may have alternative application processes and deadlines. If you would like to be considered for these awards, you will need to make a separate application. Please find further details on our funding page

3. Submit references

Your application must also be supported by two references. It is your responsibility to forward the link to both of your nominated referees and tell them that their references must be submitted via the online form by the application deadline. We would advise you to contact your referees ahead of the deadline to ensure that references have been completed and submitted. 

Only references completed on the relevant online reference form will be accepted. Late references will not be considered. 

For further information, please review our frequently asked questions for our Masters scholarships and Doctoral scholarships, which may help to answer many of the questions you have about the awards.

4. Selection process

In order for your application to be considered we will need to have received a complete application, i.e. study application, online funding application and two online references received by the deadline.  Your application will then be processed as follows: 

Doctoral funding scholarships

  • Graded and ranked by School Panels 
  • The top applications will be considered for the relevant scholarships and appropriate College/School Panels will agree the final rankings and awards to be made

In their selections, panels will consider: the academic qualifications of the applicant; their references; the project’s significance, methodology, and originality; how prepared the student is to successfully complete the project on time and how well the expertise of the supervisory team matches the proposed research.

College of Arts and Law Masters scholarships

  • Graded  and ranked by School Panels
  • Each School will recommend their top applicants for an award
  • A College Panel consisting of: CAL Graduate School Deputy Director (Chair) and School Heads of Postgraduate Taught (or representative) will meet to consider the School recommendations and to award any additional scholarships (depending on funding available) through a ranking process.

5. Outcome of application

You will be notified at various stages of the process.

If you are shortlisted, your application will be considered for any relevant College of Arts and Law scholarships. We will let you know as soon as possible the outcome of your application - usually within the period from early May to the end of June.  

If you have any further queries, please email