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. 


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.


At Birmingham we believe that financial worries should not be a barrier to accessing higher education. If you are a UK student joining the University in September 2020 to undertake your first undergraduate degree then you may be eligible for additional financial support in the form of a £2,000 Chamberlain Award. If you joined the University before the 2020/21 academic year, please see the Chamberlain Award information for current students.

The Chamberlain Award for 2020 entry is available to new applicants belonging to one of the following groups:

  1. If your household income is below £25,000
  2. If you successfully complete a Pathways to Birmingham programme and your household income is below £60,000
  3. If your household income is below £60,000 and you are resident in a Low Progression Neighbourhood (defined as a Polar 4 quintile 1 area) when applying to study at Birmingham, as recorded on your UCAS application

All household incomes must be assessed and confirmed by the Student Loans Company (SLC) as part of your application for a means-tested Maintenance Loan. Please see below for full eligibility criteria.  

Students eligible for a standard Chamberlain Award who are from a Polar 4 quintile 1 area and decide to live in University-owned accommodation will receive an additional one-off award of £1,000 (in their first year of study only).

Support for care leavers

Care Leavers are eligible to receive the Enhanced Chamberlain Award as an alternative to the standard Chamberlain Award. For 2020 entry, this is offered as either an accommodation fee waiver of up to £6,443 if living in University-owned accommodation or, if living elsewhere, students can choose a £3,000 tuition fee waiver or cash bursary. These awards apply to all years of study. Care Leavers must complete an application form for each year of study before 31 May. Please visit our Enhanced Chamberlain Award webpage for more information.  Please note that if we do not receive an application form from you, you will be automatically assessed for the standard Chamberlain Award based on your household income. You cannot hold both an Enhanced Chamberlain Award and a standard one. 

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 Pathways to Birmingham financial support.

Contact us

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