Scholarships, grants 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 scholarships, bursaries and other awards. 


If you are joining the University as a new undergraduate student in 2019 and your household income is below £36,000 then you may be entitled to additional financial support from the University in the form of a Chamberlain Award. To be eligible you must be undertaking your first undergraduate degree and not progressing from a foundation programme. You also can not be in recepit of NHS funding.

These non-repayable bursaries provide £2,000 per year to eligible students whose household income is below £25,000, and £1,000 per year to students whose household income is between £25,001 and £36,000. You do not need to apply for the Chamberlain Award - you just need to be means tested by the Student Loans Company as part of an application for a Maintenance Loan (please note that there is no requirement to accept the Maintenance Loan if you do not wish to do so). We will then assess you automatically and make the award if you are eligible to receive it. 

Support for care leavers

If you are leaving care to come to the University, there is extra financial support available to help you meet the costs of your studies. Care leavers are entitled to an Enhanced Chamberlain Award, which provides a £6,000 accommodation waiver if living in University-owned halls of residence, or a £3,000 cash bursary if you choose to live elsewhere. In order to qualify, please remember to identify yourself as a care leaver on your UCAS application and complete our online application form.

Pathways to Birmingham

Our range of programmes within Pathways to Birmingham offer students an insight into higher education, professional career routes and support students throughout the university application process. Whilst all programmes are designed to support students in raising aspirations and preparing to study at university, each programme is unique.

Students who successfully complete a Pathways to Birmingham programme and apply to Birmingham will receive special consideration from admissions tutors. If their application is successful, they will receive two offers from the University: the standard offer and an alternative offer. The alternative offer is at least two grades below the standard offer, as advertised in the prospectus. Students may also be eligible to receive the Pathways to Birmingham Scholarship and Bursary.


For a comprehensive list of all the awards on offer at the University please consult the undergraduate or postgraduate funding databases. 

Some of the scholarships we offer for undergraduate students include:

Lloyds Scholars Programme

Open to full-time undergraduate students with an assessed household income of under £25,000 who are commencing their studies in September 2019, the Lloyds Scholars Programme offers a unique package of annual bursaries, performance-related awards, volunteering opportunities and paid internships.

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 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 Music Department programme) at the University of Birmingham. 

Sports scholarships

University of Birmingham Sport supports around 125 individual athletes across a range of tailored sport scholarship programmes. Our dedicated Scholarships Management team work collectively with the Performance Centre to support and promote dual-career athletes, forming strong links with academic departments, coaches and governing bodies to ensure that these athletes are supported from all angles. Through the promotion and maintenance of a high performance environment, the team facilitates the progress of scholars into senior-international and elite-level sport. 

Our flagship programme, the UBSport Scholarship, offers tailored support to each awarded athlete, valued between approximately £4,000 and £8,000, according to the level at which the athlete is representing and competing.

In addition to this programme, we also offer up to 20 awards on our Talent ID Programme; a one-year award available only to incoming student-athletes, competing – as a minimum – at a junior national level or above within their sport or discipline. The Talent ID award offers a comprehensive package of support through the Performance Centre with a value of approximately £2,000

Contact us

Funding, Graduation and Awards are always available to answer any financial support questions you have.