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School of Arts postgraduate funding for prospective students

We offer a number of bursaries and studentships to Master's students who are applying to study a postgraduate degree in Birkbeck's School of Arts. 

If you have not yet applied for a Master's degree, you can submit your degree application and your funding application at the same time (usually by the deadline indicated below). 

Funding for all prospective students

The following bursaries and studentships are available to all prospective postgraduate students applying to study in the School of Arts.

Birkbeck Sheikh Family Scholarship

  • Thanks to the generosity of the COSARAF Charitable Foundation, this award supports Muslim students, who are currently underrepresented in the arts.

  • Value of award: Fee waivers for one full-time or one part-time student. If available, remaining funds can be given as a stipend.
  • Eligibility criteria: Applications for this scholarship are invited from Home or EU Muslim candidates applying for a MA or MRes course in the School of Arts. Applicants should have an outstanding academic record and demonstrate financial need.
  • How to apply: Complete the online Sheikh Family Scholarship application form.
  • Application deadline: 2pm on 17 July 2020.

Dean's Awards

  • We offer one full-time or two part-time fees waivers for Home/EU postgraduate taught applicants. 
  • Eligibility criteria: You should have - or should expect to receive - a first-class classification in an undergraduate degree from Birkbeck, completed at any time since May 2015
  • How to apply: Complete and submit the online Dean's Awards application form. 
  • Application deadline: Applications are now closed. 

Peltz Scholarships

  • We are offering full or partial fee waivers for Home/EU or international postgraduate taught students. 
  • Preference may be given to applicants studying:
    • history of art 
    • literature
    • medieval studies
    • renaissance studies 
    • Victorian studies. 
  • Value of scholarship: £18,000 shared among successful applicants, to be used for tuition fees only.
  • Eligibility criteria: You must have an outstanding academic record and excellent promise.
  • How to apply: Complete and submit the online Peltz Scholarships application form. 
  • Deadline: Applications are now closed.

School of Arts Master's Bursaries

  • We are offering full or partial fees waivers for Home/EU or international postgraduate taught students.
  • Value of bursary: Up to £20,000 shared among successful applicants, to be used for tuition fees only.
  • Eligibility criteria: You must have an outstanding academic record and excellent promise.
  • How to apply: Complete and submit the online Master's bursaries application form. 
  • Deadline: Applications are now closed.

Funding for prospective languages students

The following bursaries and studentships are available to prospective postgraduate students applying to study in the Department of Cultures and Languages. 

Aaron Sims MA Scholarship

Greta Dexter Exhibition Bursary

Funding for prospective History of Art students

The following bursaries and studentships are available to prospective postgraduate students applying to study in the Department of English and Humanities. 

Wallace Studentships

Funding for prospective literature and creative writing students

The following bursaries and studentships are available to prospective postgraduate students applying to study in the Department of English, Theatre and Creative Writing.

Aitken Alexander Award

  • Leading literary agency Aitken Alexander Associates is offering a scholarship in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, aiming to find and nurture literary talent from groups underrepresented in publishing.
  • The award will support one part-time MA student who would not otherwise be able to afford to study.
  • Value of award: Equivalent to one full-time fee waiver.
  • Eligibility: Applicants should show excellent promise.
  • How to apply: Complete our online Aitken Alexander Award application form.
  • Application deadline: 2pm on 31 July 2020.

MFA Theatre Directing Awards

  • The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship will support an emerging director from a disadvantaged socio-economic background to undertake our two-year director training programme, the MFA Theatre Directing.
  • The Scholarship is for £20,000 over two years, to cover course fees and to provide funds towards the costs of study.
  • Eligibility:
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Birkbeck will especially welcome applications from theatre directors from BAME backgrounds.
  • How to applyComplete the Andrew Lloyd Webber Scholarship application form.
  • Deadline for applications: Applications are closed.
  • Interviews for entry to the programme: Late May and early June 2020.
  • Scholarship interviews for successful programme applicants: Mid-June 2020.
  • Please do not make applications directly to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation as they will not be considered.

Sophie Warne Fellowships

  • We are offering a fees or maintenance award of £1750 shared between one or two outstanding students studying the MA Creative Writing.
  • Cove Park residency and an award of £1750 is also awarded at Exam Board to a high achieving graduating student.
  • Eligibility criteria
    • You must be a full-time student or in the second year of your studies.
    • The award is based on the quality of the work and financial need. 
  • How to apply: Complete and submit the Sophie Warne Fellowships application form, with a 5000-word writing sample and a statement of financial need. 
  • Deadline: Applications are now closed.

Other funding