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School of Arts Master's Bursaries and Studentships

School of Arts Master's Bursaries and Studentships

We are delighted to be able to offer up to twenty bursaries to Masters students coming into the School of Arts, Birkbeck. Please see details of each available award and application deadlines below. All applications should be made using the right application form which must be completed in addition to a College application. Please note the deadlines for applications.

If you are wishing to apply for any of the bursaries below and have not yet been accepted onto your chosen MA course, you can submit both applications at the same time, by the deadline indicated. Please note, however, bursaries will only be awarded to applicants who have been accepted onto an MA course of study for the next academic year.

School of Arts MA Bursaries

    Eligibility

    • Level: Postgraduate Taught
    • Fees: Home, EU or International
    • Applicants should have an outstanding academic record and show excellent promise.

    What does it cover?

    • Total Value: Up to £20,000 shared among successful applicants
    • Tuition fees or maintenance: Tuition fees
    • Number available: Full/partial fee waivers subject to programme cost, number and calibre of applications

    How do I apply?

    Application form

    Deadline: 29 May 2020; 14:00

Dean's Awards

    Eligibility

    • Level: Postgraduate Taught
    • Fees: Home or EU
    • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree at Birkbeck at any time since May 2015
    • Applicants should have – or should normally expect to receive – a first-class undergraduate degree from Birkbeck

    What does it cover?

    • One Full Time or two Part Time partial fee waivers

    How do I apply:

    Application form.

    Deadline: 29 May 2020; 14:00

Peltz Scholarships

    Preference may be given to applicants studying in the areas of: History of Art, Literature, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, Victorian Studies

    Eligibility

    • Level: Postgraduate Taught
    • Fees: Home, EU or International
    • Applicants should have an outstanding academic record and show excellent promise.

    What does it cover?

    • Total Value: £18,000 shared among successful applicants
    • Tuition fees or maintenance: Tuition fees
    • Number available: Full/partial fee waivers subject to programme cost, number and calibre of applications

    How do I apply?

    Application form.

    Deadline: 29 May 2020; 14:00

Aaron Sims Scholarship

    Applications will open shortly for 2020/21 entry.

Greta Dexter Exhibition Bursary

    Applications will open shortly for 2020/21 entry.

The Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentship

    Up to three studentships of £10,000 each for excellent students admitted onto a postgraduate degree programme and with a research project related to Japan. Priority may be given to candidates interested in comparative literature, Japanese film and media studies, Japanese arts and culture, transculturality, memory and history, minorities and diversity. Deadline 20 March 2020.
    Find out more.

The Wallace Studentships

    These studentships are thanks to the generosity of Graham and Denise Wallace, who have kindly supported our MA students since 2016.

    Priority will be given to those who can show strong promise as a Masters student, but who would be unable to progress to study at that level without financial support.

    Eligibility

    You must have a gross annual household income (including partner's income, if relevant) for the 2018-19 tax year that falls into one of the below categories:

      • Single student, no dependent children: up to £28,065
      • Single student, one dependent child: up to £30,065
      • Single student, two dependent children: up to £31,065 (if you have more than two dependent  children, add an extra £1000 for each additional child)
      • Married/partnered student, no dependent children: up to £30,065
      • Married/Partnered student, one dependent child: up to £32,065
      • Married/Partnered student, two dependent children: up to £33,065 (if you have more than two dependent children, add an extra £1000 for each additional child)

    What does it cover?

    • Total Value: £10,000
    • Tuition fees or maintenance: Tuition fees and stipend
    • Number available: 2

    How do I apply:

    Application form.

    Deadline: 29 May 2020; 14:00

Sophie Warne Fellowships

    Eligibility

    • Level: Postgraduate Taught
    • Course: MA Creative Writing (Second Year Students or Full Time Students)
    • Applicants should have an outstanding academic record and show excellent promise.

    What does it cover?

    • Total Value: £1750 shared between one or two outstanding applicants
    • Tuition Fees or maintenance: Both

    A Cove Park residency and an award of £1750 is also awarded at Exam Board to a high achieving graduating student

    How do I apply?

    Important Information: Please note a 5000-word writing sample and statement of financial need will be required as part of application process.

    Application form.

    Deadline: 1st September 2020; 14:00

MFA Theatre Directing awards

  • The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship for the Birkbeck MFA Theatre Directing programme

  • The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship will support an emerging director from a disadvantaged socio-economic background to undertake this two-year director training programme, the MFA Theatre Directing. The Scholarship is open to those who have been resident in the UK for the past three years and who intend to pursue a career in the UK theatre industry on completion of the training.

  • The Scholarship is for £20,000 over two years of training, to cover the course fees and to provide some funds towards the costs of study.

  • The Scholarship will be awarded to one student who can demonstrate their potential as a future theatre director and evidence their need for financial support.

  • Birkbeck welcomes applications from all sections of the community and will especially welcome applications from theatre directors from BAME backgrounds.

  • Download the Andrew Lloyd Webber Scholarship application form.  
  • The deadline for applications to the programme and for the Scholarship is 12 noon on 1st May 2020 for interviews in late May 2020 and early June 2020. Those successful in being offered a place on the MFA Theatre Directing will then be interviewed for the Scholarship in mid-June 2020. 

  • Please do not make applications directly to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation as they will not be considered.

Chevening Scholarships