Scholarships

The University has a number of awards for UK/EU and overseas candidates starting a one-year Masters programme, some of which are region- and country-specific scholarships. Interested candidates are strongly urged to apply. See the Postgraduate Prospectus - scholarships page.

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.

Mo Ibrahim Foundation 

The International Development Department, University of Birmingham, is pleased to offer one scholarship for our MSc in International Development (Mo Ibrahim). 

Find out more about the scholarship and apply

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is open to citizens of certain developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts. At the University of Birmingham, scholarships are offered for those who wish to apply to the MSc Conflict, Security and Development programme.

Application Window 1: 16 January - 20 February (Noon Washington time)

Application Window 2: 27 March 2023 - 26 May 2023 (noon Washington Time)

Bursaries for IDD on-campus taught MSc in Poverty Inequality and Development programme for 2022/23

In 2022-23, IDD will award up to two bursaries to UK/EU applicants to cover up to 50% of the successful applicants' tuition fees for the MSc Poverty Inequality and Development programme, please apply for the programme via the application portal

Selection will be based on academic merit. If you wish to be considered for a bursary for the above programme, please complete the programme and application form and please also submit by email:

  • A covering letter outlining why you are applying and why you should be selected as a bursary recipient (please include your application ID number if you have already applied for the programme)
  • Your CV
  • Two references (at least one of the referees should be able to comment on academic performance). Please note that if you already have an offer of a place on the MSc Poverty Inequality and Development programme, you do not need to re-send these references.
  • A short essay, maximum 1500 words, on a topic related to poverty reduction, and development 

Deadline for applications is Monday 14th June 2022.

Applications to be sent to Debra Beard, Postgraduate Administrator via email at D.L.Beard@bham.ac.uk.

Bursaries for IDD degrees by research

The University has a number of awards for UK/EU and overseas candidates starting a one-year Masters programme 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.

Other scholarships and bursaries at IDD

In-Country scholarships and government awards

The large majority of study fellows are funded by their own organisation, the British Council or an associated funding source.

Opportunities vary from country to country and the British Council is best placed to advise on potential funding opportunities for you. Contact details of all British Council offices can be found on the British Council website

Grant-making bodies

Many grant-making bodies have funds available for international students to undertake postgraduate study in the UK. Awards vary greatly according to the subject area and to the country of the applicant.

The Directory of Social Change provides a comprehensive guide to funding possibilities.

Donor agencies

Many bi-lateral and multi-lateral donor agencies offer awards for students to undertake postgraduate study in the UK. These include the World Bank, UN agencies such as UNICEF, UNESCO or UNDP, and the European Commission.

Many of these agencies have local offices and you are advised to address them first to ask about funding opportunities for students from your country.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

IDD is recognised by the British Economic and Social Research Council as a centre of excellence for postgraduate research and for training in research methods.

Eligible applicants may apply to the ESRC for funding to undertake research (+3) and should contact the ESRC directly for information.

(Please note that in order to be considered for an ESRC scholarship, you will need to be nominated by the School of Government and Society.)

Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships

'Ambassadorial Scholarships, the Rotary Foundation's oldest and best-known program, is the world's largest privately funded international scholarships program. 

'The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country.'

Rotary Foundation's Ambassadorial Scholarships