Birkbeck bursaries

Birkbeck is able to offer a limited number of bursaries, supported by generous donations from alumni and organisations supportive of Birkbeck's mission, which are available for current undergraduate and postgraduate students. Information on eligibility criteria and how to apply is listed under each bursary below.

Aaron Sims Scholarships: for postgraduate language students

  • Instituted under the will of Dr Aaron Sims, a former student of the College, this is a bursary of £3500. The bursary is normally awarded and paid to part-time students in two instalments of £1750 at the beginning of the second term of study in each academic year, subject to satisfactory attendance and progress (in 2016/17, a maximum of six bursaries were available).
  • However, applications from full-time students may also be considered, if sufficient applications from eligible part-time students are not received in any round. Applications from full-time students should also be submitted by the deadline given below, and are subject to the same conditions as for part-time students, except that the bursary would be paid in full at the beginning of the second term of study.
  • Eligibility: you should
    • be enrolling on either the MA in Comparative Literature with a substantial French or German component or the MA Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Cultural Studies
    • be studying on a either a two-year part-time taught course or a one-year full-time taught course
    • have made sufficient financial provision to meet the remaining costs associated with fees and other course costs
    • demonstrate academic excellence (at least a 2:1 or equivalent in an undergraduate degree)
    • normally be expected to complete a language placement test (French and German only).
  • How to apply: Please download a copy of the application form. Your completed application and supporting statement should be emailed to Dawn Mitchell.
  • Deadline: The final deadline for receipt of applications is 1 September 2017.

Antonia Helen Clark Exhibition: for part-time Arts students suffering financial hardship

  • Instituted as a memorial gift  in 1907 by Miss Marion Hall, this scholarship is open to part-time undergraduate students studying for a degree in the School of Arts. The purpose of the award is to relieve financial hardship in respect of part-time tuition fees. The value of the award will be according to the circumstances of the successful applicant but not normally more than £1000.
  • Eligibility criteria: Eligible applicants will:
    • be enrolled on a part-time undergraduate degree in the School of Arts
    • normally be in their third or fourth year of study (priority will be given to students entering their fourth year)
    • priority will also be given to students with a record of academic excellence in their studies
  • How to applyPlease download a copy of the application form. Your completed application and supporting statement should be emailed to Dawn Mitchell.
    Deadline: The final deadline for receipt of applications is 1 September 2017.

Dr Caroline Roberts Bursary: for mature female graduates interested in postgraduate politics courses

  • Instituted under the will of Dr Caroline Roberts, a former lecturer in politics at Birkbeck, this bursary is for mature female students (30 years or over), who have just completed their undergraduate degree at Birkbeck and are looking to progress onto a Master's programme in the Department of Politics. A one-off bursary of up to £4000 is available, payable towards tuition fees only.
  • Eligibility: you must be:
    • a 'Home' student
    • completing an undergraduate degree at Birkbeck in 2016-17
    • progressing onto a Master's degree in the Department of Politics in 2017-18
    • a mature female student (30 years of age or over)
  • How to apply: Download the application form and follow the instructions as stated. If you have any queries or would like more information on this scholarship, please .

Greta Dexter Exhibition Bursary: for part-time Arts students suffering financial hardship

  • Instituted under the will of Mrs Greta Dexter in 1996, a former student of the College, the purpose of this award is to relieve financial hardship in respect of one or more of the following:
    • part-time fees at Birkbeck
    • purchase of approved books
    • cost of travel associated with the student’s studies.
  • The value of the award will be according to the circumstances of the successful applicant but not normally more than £1000.
  • Eligibility criteria: You must be:
    • 21 years of age or older
    • enrolling on an eligible course in the School of Arts (a first degree in French Studies or a first degree in which French is one of two principal components; a Master’s degree in which French is the only subject of study or is one of two principal components; an MPhil or PhD degree for which the research project is concerned with the study of French literature, language or culture)
    • in part-time or full-time employment, or working in the home in a role that attracts financial support from government (eg full-time carer)
    • experiencing financial hardship (normally defined as having an income of less than £25,000 per year)
  • How to apply: Please download a copy of the application form. Your completed application and supporting statement should be emailed to Dawn Mitchell.
  • Deadline: The final deadline for receipt of applications is 1 September 2017.

Olga Turner Scholarship: for part-time postgraduate students in Spanish

  • Instituted under the will of Olga Turner, a former student of the College, this scholarship is intended to provide financial support for part-time postgraduate students of Spanish in the School of Arts. The scholarship is a one-off bursary of £1500. Please note that preference will be given to female students and the number of studentships available is strictly limited.
  • Eligibility criteria: you must:
    • be a current student
    • be studying part-time on an MPhil or PhD in Spanish Culture/Language
    • need financial assistance for a limited, critical period in your studies (normally defined as the writing up period)
    • not be in receipt of another donor or legacy bursary
    • have made sufficient financial provision to meet the remaining costs associated with fees and other course costs