Doctoral Research Scholarships and funding

The University has a number of awards for UK/EU and overseas candidates starting a one-year Masters programme and for PhD study, some of which are region- and country-specific scholarships. Interested candidates are strongly urged to apply. More information on the Scholarships and grants page.

Home/EU Scholarships

Economic and Social Research Council funding
The University of Birmingham is part of the ESRC Midlands Graduate School that includes Aston, Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick. Details of the competition for ESRC scholarships to which eligible students beginning their studies in September 2018 may apply may be found on our website. The deadline for applications is 18 January 2018.

Information about the Midlands Graduate School, training pathways and eligibility for studentships, as well as the application form and guidance notes, can be found on the new Doctoral Training Partnership website. Prospective students wishing to know more about the scheme can email

International Scholarships

To award outstanding achievement and to attract students of the highest calibre from around the world, the University of Birmingham is pleased to offer a number of international scholarships. Scholarships for international students.

For information and updates on possible further sources of funding for overseas applicants, see the webpage for the University of Birmingham Brazil Scholarships.

Central University Scholarships

These are one-year Scholarships which offer fees and - subject to availability of funds - maintenance. Some of these scholarships are subject-specific, for international students and for home students. All scholarships listed below are offered subject to available funds, and are open to both EU and international students in addition to home students, unless otherwise stated. For information on deadlines – including the date by which you must hold an offer of a place on the doctoral research programme.

Postgraduate students may use the Postgraduate Funding Database to search for scholarships and bursaries. In addition, some of the scholarship schemes open to those within the School of Education are listed below. Please read any documentation carefully for eligibility and closing dates. 

General funding advice may also be found on the Student Funding Office webpages.

College and School studentships

The College of Social Sciences is a vibrant, research-intensive environment for postgraduate research. In 2018-19 the College of Social Sciences will invest £1 Million in support of new doctoral research students - through full or part-funding fees and/or stipends for up to 40 PhD students. To be considered for this funding, applicants must hold an offer from the University of Birmingham by an indicative deadline of 30 November 2018 and the deadline for scholarship application is 18 January 2018. Find out more.

Each year the School is able to offer some bursaries that cover all or part of PhD fees, and sometimes also a stipend for living expenses.  Limited funds are available each year and are allocated on a competitive basis. This is open to both current PhD students and new offer-holders. To be considered for this funding, applicants must hold an offer by 01 May 2018.

For further information, please contact the School Doctoral Director, Dr Emma Foster (

Funds for current Doctoral Researchers

The School offers DR funding for the following:

  • Conference funding.  Grants are available for the travel expenses and registration fees for postgraduate research students delivering a paper at an academic conference. These are allocated competitively in three rounds each year. Deadlines for application are circulated by email before each round.
  • General research funding.  Funding from the School is available for small requests from doctoral researchers in order to cover general research costs that cannot be covered by funding from other sources. This fund will be allocated competitively by the same committee which allocates conference funds. Application process and deadlines will be advertised by email.

Further information

Tricia Thomas - Doctoral Research Student Administrator
Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 6346, Email: