Scholarships and funding

The College of Arts and Law is a vibrant community of students and academics, dedicated to ensuring that excellence is rewarded, and that fears about finance do not constrain current or prospective students. For this reason, in addition to University funding schemes, we offer our own College-specific funding initiatives. 

Open Awards

Midlands4Cities AHRC funded 2023 PhD Studentship recruitment 

Midlands4Cities PhD studentship recruitment launched on Monday 17th October. The M4C website:  https://www.midlands4cities.ac.uk/ displays all the information applicants will need on the 'Our Offer' and 'Apply' pages. The link to the Survey Monkey Apply portal is live, this where all applicants must submit their application supported by two references by the 11th of January 2023 deadline.  

For 2023 entry Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership is offering up to 60 fully funded PhD studentships for eligible students in arts and humanities through the Open Competition and 13 Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA). The CDA projects provide diverse and unique project opportunities with national, regional and local partner organisations. New for 2023, the Stuart Hall Foundation (SHF) Scholarship will support at least two studentships a year for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates to undertake doctoral research in arts and humanities. You can find out more about SHF here: www.stuarthallfoundation.org/about-us/

Application writing workshops are being delivered in each of the four M4C cities for details and registration visit http://www.midlands4cities.ac.uk

The deadline for AHRC funding applications is 11 January 2023 - 12.00 hours (UTC+0) applicants must also have applied for a place to study at one of the eight M4C universities. 

Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership

The competition for pathway-specific ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership studentships commencing in October 2023 is open.  All information regarding the open competition including the eligibility criteria, guidance notes, application form and information on pathways can be found on the Midlands Graduate School (MGS) website: www.mgsdtp.ac.uk/studentships/howtoapply/.  Prospective students who wish to apply for the fully funded MGS DTP studentship specifically from the University of Birmingham, please click the following weblink for full information: University of Birmingham)Deadline: The competition deadline for applications is Tuesday 24 January 2023 (23:59 GMT). 

Birmingham Masters Scholarships

The University of Birmingham is pleased to announce the Birmingham Masters Scholarship scheme. We will be offering awards of £2,000 per scholarship to outstanding students wishing to undertake Masters study at the University during 2023-24.  Deadline: The deadline for applications is Sunday 2 July 2023 (23:59 GMT)Find out more.

College of Arts and Law Masters Scholarships

College of Arts and Law Postgraduate Scholarships offering awards of up to £10,000 for postgraduate courses in the College of Arts and Law.  Find out more

Music Scholarships - Masters

The College of Arts and Law is offering a number of Music scholarships for entry in September 2023. Awards vary in value, and are available to students taking our Masters programmes: Music MA (various pathways) and Music MA by Research (specialising in Composition, Musicology or Performance). Find out more

Music Scholarships - Doctoral

The College of Arts and Law is offering a number of Music scholarships of varying values to students taking our Doctoral programmes: Music PhD (specialising in Composition, Musicology or Performance). Find out more

University of Birmingham Postgraduate Progression Award: Fee Discounts for Final Year students 

Our Postgraduate Progression Awards – offering final year undergraduates studying at the University of Birmingham a fee discount of £1,500 for postgraduate study – are our commitment to you as a Birmingham graduate in appreciation of your choice to stay with us for your postgraduate degree. We want to ensure that, as a Birmingham graduate, you have the support needed to continue studying and developing your career. With the familiarity of the University of Birmingham you will continue to have access to our resources, facilities, and support networks to continue your studies and shape your future. Deadline: The deadline for applications is Thursday 31 August 2023, 23:59 (GMT)Find out more.  

Edna Pearson Scholarship

The Edna Pearson Scholarship is a partial fees scholarship, awarded by the Department of History. Please contact the College of Arts and Law Graduate School for further information about this scholarship calpg-research@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

Haywood Doctoral Scholarship

The College of Arts and Law is offering the Haywood Scholarship to an outstanding doctoral research candidate in History of Art.  The Haywood Scholarship provides for Home tuition fees and a small maintenance grant. As an EU/international student, you will receive a reduction in tuition fees equivalent to the Home rate if successful, plus a small maintenance grant. Find out more

Sir Henry Thomas Scholarship for postgraduate study in Modern Languages

The Department of Modern Languages are seeking applications from outstanding candidates for a postgraduate scholarship for research in Modern Languages. We welcome submissions from prospective students intending to work in any area of Modern Languages.  This is a full-time award for students starting their doctoral research between September 2023 and January 2024. This award is not available to current Doctoral students. Find out more

University of Birmingham Postgraduate Progression Award: Fee Discounts for Final Year students 

Our Postgraduate Progression Awards – offering final year undergraduates studying at the University of Birmingham a fee discount of £1,500 for postgraduate study – are our commitment to you as a Birmingham graduate in appreciation of your choice to stay with us for your postgraduate degree. We want to ensure that, as a Birmingham graduate, you have the support needed to continue studying and developing your career. With the familiarity of the University of Birmingham you will continue to have access to our resources, facilities, and support networks to continue your studies and shape your future. Deadline: The deadline for applications is Thursday 31 August 2023, 23:59 (GMT)Find out more.  

Birmingham Law School Scholarships

GREAT Scholarships 2023 - India and Thailand

In partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, University of Birmingham is offering two scholarships to students in India and Thailand applying for postgraduate courses in Birmingham Law School. The GREAT Scholarships 2023 programme, launched by the British Council together with 49 UK universities, supports postgraduate students from Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam to access world-class UK higher education opportunities. The scholarship programme offers financial support of £10,000 to students pursuing one-year postgraduate study in the UK. Students can apply for any of the LLM Programmes at the University of Birmingham Law School.  Find out more

*Please note that applicants should be passport holders of India or Thailand to be applicable.

Harding International Legal Scholarship

One of our newer scholarships, encouraging International students to study our LLM Programmes . Awards of up to £5,000 as a fee waiver with a focus on supporting employability in the sector. Find out more

Kalisher Trust LLM Scholarship

The mission of the Kalisher Trust is to encourage and support talented students who may find the costs of reaching the Criminal Bar prohibitive. This is a full scholarship for Home fee status students and a £6,000 grant towards living expenses. Find out more

Postgraduate loans 

These government-backed student loans provide up to £11,836 for taught and research Masters courses and up to £27,892 for postgraduate doctoral courses in all subject areas, including programmes delivered on campus or by distance learning. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information can be found on the UK government website

Financial aid for American students

The University of Birmingham is approved by the US Department of Education to offer the William D Ford Federal Direct Loan Programme, enabling eligible American students to access financial support. Find out about the loans available, whether you are eligible and how to apply.

Additional funding opportunities

Other funding opportunities may be available to prospective postgraduate students throughout the year. For details of all funding opportunities that may be available to you, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database

Closed awards

Applications to the scholarships below are now closed. These pages are provided for guidance only, prior to the next round of funding being announced, if available:

Funding for current students

We offer our current postgraduate students the following funding opportunities for new activity or to enhance existing activity: 

Postgraduate Research Support Fund

Postgraduate Research Development Fund