Accommodation scholarships

A small number of accommodation scholarships are available to full-time students at Birkbeck.

Birkbeck / International Students House full scholarship

  • The Birkbeck/ISH scholarship is offered in partnership with International Students House.
  • The scholarship will take the form of one year of free accommodation in a single room at International Students House.
  • Selection criteria:
    • Students should be from a developing or emerging country and intending to return there on completion of their studies.
    • Students must hold an unconditional offer for a full-time course at Birkbeck starting in October 2018. Short courses are ineligible.
    • Preference will be given to postgraduate students.
    • Preference will be given to students who will be studying a course that will provide skills to assist in the development of their home country.
    • Students must have a good proven academic record, with every prospect of success in their study and future careers.
    • Preference will be given to students who would otherwise be unable to study/finish their study for financial reasons.
    • Students must have a full-tuition scholarship in place from Birkbeck or a recognised organisation. Please note that students whose scholarship includes living cost expenses are ineligible.
  • To apply for the scholarship, please email by 1 July 2018, specifying how you meet the criteria for the scholarship. The email subject should be 'Birkbeck/ISH full scholarship application'.
  • Please indicate in your scholarship application if you are also applying for a nominated room in our partner halls of residence.

Birkbeck / International Students House partial scholarships

  • The Birkbeck/ISH partial scholarships are offered in partnership with International Students House. Two partial scholarships are available to full-time Birkbeck students for the academic year 2018-19.
  • The scholarships will take the form of a discount for accommodation at International Students House. Postgraduate students will receive a £5000 discount on the cost of their accommodation at International Students House and can elect either a twin or single room. Undergraduate students will receive a discount of £3000 per academic year on the cost of accommodation. Accommodation for undergraduate students would be a twin room.
  • Selection criteria:
    • Students should be from a developing or emerging country and be intending to return there on completion of their studies.
    • Students must hold an unconditional offer for a full-time course at Birkbeck starting in October 2018. Short courses are ineligible.
    • Preference will be given to students who will be studying a course that will provide skills to assist in the development of their home country.
    • Students must have a good proven academic record, with every prospect of success in their study and future careers.
    • Preference will be given to students with limited financial means.
    • Students must have a partial tuition scholarship in place from Birkbeck at the time of application.
  • To apply for the scholarship, please email by 1 July 2018, specifying how you meet the criteria for the scholarship. The email subject should be 'Birkbeck/ISH partial scholarship application'.
  • Please indicate in your scholarship application if you are also applying for a nominated room.

Accommodation Bursary

  • The Birkbeck Accommodation Bursary is aimed at Birkbeck students residing in specific halls of residence for the academic year 2018-19.
  • The bursary will provide discretionary financial support towards accommodation costs for residents most in need of financial assistance, reflecting Birkbeck's commitment to ensuring fair access for every student.
  • Each bursary is worth a maximum value of £500 per academic year per student.
  • Criteria
    • You must be a full-time Birkbeck student residing in selected partner halls (Claredale House - Cass and Claredale, Clandon House - University of London).
    • You must not be receiving a scholarship (including living allowance) from any organisation (Chevening, Commonwealth scholarship, etc).
    • You must not have a fee debt with the College.
  • Allocation of these bursaries is dependent on application numbers, hence not every eligible student will be granted a bursary on submission of an application. Bursaries will be awarded only to eligible residents who are most in need of financial assistance towards their accommodation costs.
  • The exact bursary value will vary depending on financial need and the number of eligible applications submitted.
  • Applications open 12 November 2018, with a deadline of 30 November 2018.

External scholarships

A number of organisations offer external scholarships that Birkbeck students can apply for. Information is given below as a guide only and is not managed by Birkbeck. Please check the organisations’ websites for more details and up-to-date information.

Goodenough House Scholarships

  • Goodenough House is a postgraduate-only hall of residence located minutes away from Birkbeck Bloomsbury campus. They offer the following scholarships to students residing in the hall. Applications for Entry Scholarships are made at the same time as submitting your application to live at the College.
    • Goodenough Commonwealth Scholarships: £10,000 for one year, only available to Commonwealth nationals (including those from the UK).
    • Goodenough International Scholarship: £10,000 for one year, only open to applicants applying from outside the UK.
    • The Rowland Scholarship: £8500 for one year, only open to applicants studying on a one-year Masters course.
    • Sir Abraham Bailey Scholarship: Up to £7000 over one to three years available to South African nationals. Previous Abraham Bailey Bursars are encouraged to apply.
    • Goodenough College American Friends Scholarship: Two scholarships of $5000 are available to US citizens applying from outside the UK (minorities are encouraged to apply).
    • Goodenough Family Scholarships: A single person or a couple with one or more children can apply to the family scholarship. This will take the form of two scholarships for £5000 per year for one year only, and one scholarship of £5000 per year for up to four years.
    • Education Scholarship: £2000 for one year, open to applicants undertaking a Master's or PhD in the field of education.
    • Goodenough PhD Scholarships: £5000 per year for up to four years to successful applicants enrolled on or due to start a PhD course (or enrolled on an MPhil course with the intention to upgrade to a PhD)
    • Heuer-Monaghan Marshall Residential Scholarship: This scholarship is available to applicants and residents of the College who are in receipt of a Marshall Scholarship.
    • Goodenough PhD Scholarships: £5000 per year for up to four years for students enrolled on or due to start a PhD course (or enrolled on an MPhil course with the intention to upgrade to a PhD)
    • Goodenough Scholarships: Any resident in financial need can apply to one of the ten £2000 scholarships.

London Goodenough Association of Canada (LGAC)

  • The LGAC is the Goodenough House Alumni organisation in Canada. The scholarships are for Canadian graduate students studying in London and living at Goodenough College. An application should be made directly to the LGAC (download an application form). Six or more scholarships of up to £5400 are available.