Scholarships and bursaries in the School of Government

At Birmingham we ensure that fears about finance do not constrain prospective students from considering university and that excellence is rewarded. The University offers a range of additional financial support for students studying at Birmingham in the form of bursaries, grants and scholarships.


Birmingham School of Government Excellence Scholarship

The School of Government is committed to rewarding academic excellence, providing extra-curricular opportunities and enabling all of our international students to achieve their life and career aspiration through the Birmingham School of Government Excellence Scholarship. 

There are two financial scholarships and one extra-curricular opportunity available (from £500-£1000). 

Chamberlain Award

If your household income is below £25,000 you will be entitled to additional financial support from the University in the form of a Chamberlain Award.

Music Scholarships

In recognition of the role that music plays within the University, we offer a number of Music Scholarships each year. Offering approximately 17 hours of musical tuition per year for three years (total cash value of £3,000), these scholarships are open to prospective students who are performing at a grade 8 standard in an instrument or vocals and have an offer of a place on a full-time undergraduate programme (other than a programme offered by the Music Department) at the University of Birmingham.

Sports scholarships

The University is rated amongst the very best in the country for sport and this status is reflected in the wide range of sport scholarships that we offer. 

Scholarships for international student

More information for undergraduate students

Postgraduate Taught

Birmingham Masters Scholarship scheme

The University of Birmingham is offering awards of £2,000 via a tuition fee discount to support the brightest and best applicants wishing to undertake Masters study at the University. Find out more about the Masters Scholarship

Postgraduates may use the Postgraduate Funding Database to search for scholarships and bursaries. General funding advice may also be found on the Student Funding Office webpages.

Specific Scholarships and bursaries can be found on the departmental pages:

Doctoral Research

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.

Economic and Social Research Council Funding  

The University of Birmingham is proud to offer 17 ESRC scholarships to fund postgraduate training and doctoral research through the Midlands Graduate School Doctorial Training Partnership (DTP). 

Find out more about the ESRC Funding.

Scholarships for international students

The University of Birmingham offers a range of scholarships for our international students. To assess whether you might qualify for a financial scholarship, please visit our international scholarship pages for more information.

For postgraduate students the University of Birmingham has launched two new scholarships alongside the existing financial support.