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 these awards can be found 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 2019 may apply may be found on our website. The deadline for applications is 22 January 2019.

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.

School studentships

Each of the Schools within the College of Social Sciences are offering a selected number of Scholarships and in addition, applicants to the College can apply for ESRC-funded studentships from the Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).

The deadline for applications for all School scholarships is 2 December 2018.

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. 

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

Government Specialist Scholarship

The School of Government is pleased to announce a full time PhD scholarship for the 2019/2020 academic year, commencing 30 September 2019.

The successful applicant’s project will focus on Britain’s participation in the US-led War in Iraq in 2003. In particular, the project will draw upon the new archive of primary source documents (particularly those unearthed by the Iraq "Chilcot" Inquiry). We would welcome project proposals on decision-making, preventive war, war and bureaucratic politics, the Anglo-American relationship, the war and the Iraqi diaspora community, or the war’s implications for International Relations (IR) theory. The First Supervisor will be Professor Patrick Porter from the Politics and International Studies Department. Find out more about this specialist scholarship. The deadline for applying is 25 January 2019.

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 3497, Email: