Scholarships and bursaries

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.

Undergraduate students

Chamberlain Award

If your household income is below £36,000 you will be entitled to additional financial support from the University in the form of a Chamberlain Award.

Scholarships for international students

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

Additional Bursaries

In addition to the statutory support that is available, as a full-time undergraduate you may also be eligible to receive additional scholarships or bursaries, depending on your financial circumstances, previous academic achievement, or the course you are undertaking.

Music Scholarships

In recognition of the role that music plays within the University, we offer a number of Music Scholarships each year. Offering approximately 20 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. Our flagship scheme, called the UBsport scholarships, offers awards from £3,500 up to £6,000 separated into bronze, silver and gold categories according to the level at which you are competing.

We have also recently introduced 20 new Sport Performance Awards, which are available to undergraduates entering the University who have competed at country level or above within their sport. The awards offer £1,000 in services for the 3 years of study, dependant on upholding a minimum of 2:1 academic progression.

More information for undergraduate students:

Taught postgraduate

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 Unversity of Birmingham is proud to offer 25 ESRC scholarships to fund postgraduate training and doctoral research, with both +3 (PhD) and 1+3 (Masters and PhD) funding available. A full ESRC scholarship comprises research fees, relevant bench fees, an annual Research Council stipend (£13,863 in 2014/15), and a research support grant.

Find out more about the ESRC Funding.