AI and Data Science Masters Scholarships

£10,000 scholarships available for 2024 entry - over 100 available

The University of Birmingham is offering AI and Data Science Masters Scholarships in 2024-2025 for nine Masters programmes to upskill students from under-represented backgrounds to progress into the AI and Data Science workforce.

This will include over 100 students from under-represented groups, particularly women, Black and disabled students and those from low-socioeconomic backgrounds, who will each be supported by a £10,000 scholarship.

Scholarship funding will be prioritised for women, Black students, disabled students and those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, to ensure that AI reflects the makeup of our society. Funding is intended only for those under-represented students who meet the eligibility criteria outlined below.

Who can apply?

The award is part of £8.1 million funding from the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) and Office for Artificial Intelligence to encourage more women, Black students, disabled students, and students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds to study artificial intelligence (AI) and data science postgraduate programmes (see Eligibility criteria below for full details).

  • Students must have a UK nationality or residence status.
  • Students must have already submitted a study application for a place on one of the above eligible courses at the University of Birmingham before applying for this scholarship. If you apply to the scholarship without submitting a study application for one of the above eligible courses, your scholarship application will be void.

Please note: the application for the AI and Data Science Scholarship is separate to the study application for your intended course above; you will need to submit a study application via the course's online application portal. It is recommended that you submit your study application before applying to the scholarship; if you do not submit a study application to your intended MSc course, your scholarship application will not be considered.

What are the deadlines?

Due to the high volume of applications, the awards will be allocated in three rounds:

  • The deadline for round one application closed 23:59 (UK time) on Sunday 31 March 2024.
  • The deadline for round two applications is 23:59 (UK time) on Sunday 30 June 2024.
  • The deadline for round three applications is 23:59 (UK time) on Saturday 31 August 2024.

If you are unsuccessful in one round, your application will automatically be carried over to the next round: you do not need to re-apply.

Due to the high volume of applications, the University reserves the right to close the scholarship scheme early, meaning that any successive round(s) after the first round of applications may not be executed, despite any initial plans of operating multiple rounds, if all scholarships are allocated to successful applicants.

Mathematics for Data Science Pre-Sessional Bootcamp

To accompany the support offered to the under-represented groups that this scholarship will benefit, the University of Birmingham is proud to be offering a Mathematics Pre-sessional Bootcamp to all Home and International students that wish to study on one of the nine above courses. This pre-sessional will enhance the accessibility of our courses by providing students with confidence in their mathematical ability that is essential for Masters study.

The bootcamp will take place online between Monday 26 August until Thursday 19 September 2024. The course has designed to be flexible in study, meaning that travel to Birmingham is optional. The course will be structured self-guided learning with tutorial sessions with academic supervisors being offered both online and in-person.


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