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International scholarships

The loans and scholarships you may be eligible for will differ depending on the level you're planning to study:

We also offer a number of scholarships specifically for international students. Some are offered directly by Birkbeck, others are offered in partnership with other organisations.

Scholarships available


  • As part of our commitment to enhancing the global reach of Birkbeck, we are announcing a set of scholarships to support access to postgraduate Master’s study from several countries. 
  • We recognise the importance and value in having a diverse student population from across the world and we’re pleased to present this additional option of financial support.
  • Scholarship amount:
    • The scholarship will be applied as a discount to the tuition fee for your first year of study, to bring it in line with the Home tuition fee amount for the course.  
  • Eligibility: To be eligible you need to meet all of the following conditions: 
    • you are ordinarily resident in one of the following countries: 
      • France
      • Italy
      • Greece
      • Spain
      • Republic of Cyprus
      • Romania
      • Poland
      • Hungary
      • Bulgaria
      • Brazil
    • you are self-funded and are holding a full-time postgraduate offer of study from us for October 2021 entry
    • you are classified as an ‘International’ tuition fee payer.
  • Only one scholarship award can be made per student and the scholarship cannot normally be held in conjunction with any other scholarship. 
  • How to apply:
    • Applicants ordinarily resident in one of the named countries are eligible and do not need to apply for the scholarship; it will be automatically applied by our admissions teams during your application journey. If we require any further information from you, we will contact you directly. 
    • If at any point during your application journey, or during the course of your studies at Birkbeck, you gain settled or pre-settled status, you will no longer be eligible for a scholarship. 

Birkbeck International Scholarships

  • Our scholarships for 2021 entry are being reviewed and further information on our International Scholarship scheme will be available in February 2021.

Birkbeck January start international scholarships

  • Birkbeck is offering a limited number of scholarships to international students who enrol on the January 2021 intake on a full-time postgraduate taught programme. 
  • Who may apply: International overseas tuition fee-paying students holding unconditional offers on a full-time postgraduate taught programme offered by Birkbeck, starting in January 2021. You must be an international fee-payer to qualify. 
  • Scholarship amounts: 
    • £3000 (tuition fee only) 
  • General terms and conditions: Scholarships may not be held in conjunction with any other full scholarships (e.g. Chevening). You must complete payment of the £200 non-refundable deposit within two working days of being selected for the scholarship. 
  • How to apply: Once you have received an unconditional offer from Birkbeck, you can apply using the online Birkbeck January International Scholarship application form
  • Deadline:
    • First round: 6 December 2020
    • Second round: 15 December 2020
  • You must successfully enrol for the January intake to receive the award, and no later than 18 January 2021. 
  • Eligibility: To be considered for the Birkbeck January Start International Scholarship you must:
    • be self-funded and paying international overseas tuition fees
    • be domiciled outside the UK
    • hold an unconditional offer for a qualifying course before the deadline. 
  • If you are successfully awarded for this scholarship, you will be notified by e-mail.
  • Further information:
    • Birkbeck has sole discretion to assign, vary or withdraw this award
    • this award is only available to students enrolling at Birkbeck for the first time
    • this award excludes sponsorship students, current students and those returning on the second or third year of the same course
    • this award excludes short courses and part-time courses
    • as a Birkbeck scholar, you will be occasionally required to attend College events, including digital events, to represent the student body at Birkbeck. This might include talking to College stakeholders about the impact the funds have made on your studies. You might also be required to provide short progress reports on your studies (in the region of 250-300 words) at the end of each term. Failure to take part in such activities when requested by the International Office team will result in discounts being adjusted on a pro-rata basis in line with the fee related liability
    • if a student fails to enrol by 18 January 2021 the scholarship fund will be cancelled in full.

Commonwealth Scholarships

  • Commonwealth citizens can apply for a number of different funds under the Commonwealth Scholarship.
  • Birkbeck currently takes part in the following schemes:
    • Commonwealth PhD Scholarships (for least developed and fragile country candidates) 
    • Commonwealth Split-site (PhD) Scholarships (for low- and middle-income country candidates)
    • Commonwealth Master's Scholarships (for candidates nominated by CSC nominating agencies)

Chevening Scholarships 

  • Birkbeck has participated in the Chevening Scholarships scheme since its inception. Chevening Scholarships are full cost, covering both tuition fees and living costs. 
  • We welcome applications from all Chevening-eligible countries and have received an increasing number of scholars in recent years across a wide range of subjects, from a wide range of countries.  
  • Standard Chevening Awards
    • Amount: tuition fees and living costs provided by the UK Government (through the Chevening Secretariat), with a contribution towards fees from Birkbeck, University of London.
    • Eligible courses: all full-time Master’s degree programmes offered by Birkbeck.
    • Number of awards: no limit on the number of candidates nominated by Chevening.
  • Birkbeck-Chevening Partnership Awards
  • How to apply: For both types of scholarship, applications should be made through the Chevening website.
    • Go to the application page.
    • Select your country.
    • Select 'scholarship' as level.
    • Now select 'apply for scholarship'.
    • Watch this video on how to apply for a Birkbeck Chevening scholarship.
    • All applicants who wish to be considered under the Partnership Scheme and the Standard Scheme are encouraged to put Birkbeck as their first preference in their Chevening application. Applicants are also strongly advised to note the Chevening Scholarships timeline and should aim to meet any Birkbeck offer conditions and Chevening Scholarship conditions (e.g. language proficiency etc) before the end of June 2019.
  • When to apply: Applications for 2021-22 are now closed. They will reopen in August 2021 for opportunities to study in the UK in 2022-23. For information, please visit the Chevening website.
  • Contact with Birkbeck: Because Chevening Scholarships have an early application deadline, applicants are encouraged to make early contact with Birkbeck in order to demonstrate to the scholarships panel that they have either made a formal application to Birkbeck or that they have researched options with intent to apply.

    Further information

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