Care Leaver Scholarship

The University of Birmingham is committed to supporting care leavers to attend university. It has created a scholarship for care leavers, recognising the particular personal, educational and financial challenges that this group experience in accessing higher education and, in particular, research-intensive universities. 

Scholarship awards will be allocated using a framework of considering applicants' experience, level of need and their likelihood of success. As a further commitment to diversity and inclusion, the University of Birmingham seeks to encourage students from a wide range of backgrounds, and this will be included in the consideration. This award is part of a wider package of services for care leavers that includes peer mentoring and additional support with issues such as accommodation and employability. 


Financial Support Available

There are two Care Leaver Scholarships available each year which are intended to provide additional financial support for you while studying at University and beyond.

Each award includes:

  • £2,000 per academic year of your undergraduate programme paid in cash into your nominated bank account
  • £500 non-repayable graduation bursary paid on successful completion of your programme

Additional financial support is available from the University from the Enhanced Chamberlain Award which will further support you while you study. 

Eligibility Criteria

For the purposes of the Care Leaver Scholarship, the University defines a Care Leaver as a young person over the age of 16 who has been in the care of the local authority and/or Health & Social Care Trust for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14. 

Priority will be given to applicants who will not receive additional funding through another University scholarship or bursary (aside from the Enhanced Chamberlain Award). 

Application Process

To apply, you will need to complete the Care Leaver Scholarship application form

As part of the application, you will be asked to provide a statement documenting the disruption you have had to your education to date as a result of your time in care.  You will not be asked to provide evidence as this will be cross checked with evidence provided on your Enhanced Chamberlain Award application. 

The deadline for the scholarship is 31 May 2019.

Contact Information 

If you have any questions with regards to the Care Leaver Scholarship, you can contact Jessica Bates in the Funding, Graduation & Awards team at or by phone 0121 414 7391.

If you would like further information on the support available at the University, you can visit the Support for care leavers page.