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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.

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships 2024 - New

We are proud to announce our new Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships (Autumn 2024) for international students domiciled in India. This is a reflection of our commitment to equality and diversity across our full-time undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes. 

Value

  • Full-time undergraduate degrees: £500 tuition fee discount, per year of enrolment, over a maximum period of three years (total of £1,500; £500 per year, over three years).
  • Full-time master's courses: £1,500 tuition fee reduction for the first year of enrolment only.

Eligibility 

To be eligible for the scholarship, you must:

  • be a new student, starting your first year of study in 2024 (N.B. this scholarship is only available to new students)
  • be an international student paying international tuition fees 
  • be studying a full-time undergraduate course (courses with foundation years are not eligible for this scholarship) or be studying a full time master's course (postgraduate certificates, postgraduate diplomas and graduate diplomas are not eligible for this scholarship)
  • have an offer and be enrolled (in October 2024) on one of our full-time undergraduate or master's course starting in October 2024 
  • be ordinarily domiciled in India.

Please note: This Birkbeck scholarship award cannot be combined with any other scholarships or awards available. If you are in receipt of sponsorship by a third party, you won’t be eligible.

How to apply: There is no need to apply. If you meet the eligibility criteria, the scholarship will be applied automatically at the point of enrolment.  

Birkbeck global future scholarships 

Scholarship amount: The scholarship will be applied as a discount to the tuition fee for the first year of your full-time master's course, to bring it in line with the Home tuition fee amount.

As part of our commitment to enhancing the global reach of Birkbeck, we are announcing our Global Future Scholarship to support access to postgraduate master's study from all EU member countries, and Brazil.

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.

Please note: The reduction on course fees that Birkbeck offers through the Global Future Scholarship cannot be combined with any other scholarships available. 

2024-25 eligibility criteria

  • To be eligible, you need to meet all of the following conditions.
    • You are ordinarily resident in one of the following countries:
      • Austria
      • Belgium
      • Brazil
      • Bulgaria
      • Croatia
      • Cyprus (EU)
      • Czech Republic
      • Denmark
      • Estonia
      • Finland
      • France
      • Germany
      • Greece
      • Hungary
      • Italy
      • Latvia
      • Lithuania
      • Luxembourg
      • Malta
      • Netherlands
      • Poland
      • Portugal
      • Romania
      • Slovakia
      • Slovenia
      • Spain
      • Sweden
    • you are self-funded and are holding a full-time master's offer of study from us for January 2024 for the 2023-24 academic year, or for October 2024 for the 2024-25 academic year
    • 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. 
  • 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 team at the time of enrolment. 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. 
  • Find out more about postgraduate study at Birkbeck.
  • Please note: This Birkbeck scholarship award cannot be combined with any other scholarships or awards available. If you are in receipt of sponsorship by a third party, you won’t be eligible.

Additional Scholarships available

Birkbeck Business School master's scholarships 2024

  • A £1,000 scholarship is available to international students domiciled in Nigeria, starting on one of the master's courses offered by the Birkbeck Business School (this includes master’s in the subject areas: Management, Economics and Organizational Psychology) in January 2024 and October 2024, and studying full time.
  • Value: £1,000 tuition fee reduction.
  • Eligibility: To be eligible for the scholarship, you must:
    • be an international student 
    • be studying full time
    • have received an offer in line with our entry criteria and a place to study on one of our Management, Economics and Organizational Psychology master's courses in October 2024
    • be domiciled in Nigeria.
  • Please note: This Birkbeck scholarship award cannot be combined with any other scholarships or awards available. If you are in receipt of sponsorship by a third party, you won’t be eligible.
  • How to apply: There is no need to apply. If you meet the eligibility criteria, the scholarship will be applied automatically

Nigeria Creative Industries master's scholarships

  • A £1,000 scholarship is available to international students living in Nigeria starting on a School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication master’s course (including History of Art master's courses) in January 2024 or October 2024 and studying full time.  
  • Value: £1,000 tuition fee reduction
  • Eligibility: To be eligible for the scholarship, you must:
    • be an international student
    • be studying full time
    • have received an offer in line with our entry criteria and a place to study on a Creative Arts, Culture and Communication master’s course (including History of Art master's courses) in January 2024 or October 2024
    • be domiciled in Nigeria.
  • Please note: This Birkbeck scholarship award cannot be combined with any other scholarships or awards available. If you are in receipt of sponsorship by a third party, you won’t be eligible.
  • How to apply: There is no need to apply. If you meet the eligibility criteria the scholarship will be applied automatically.

Birkbeck international excellence scholarships

  • Birkbeck is offering a limited number of scholarships to international students enrolling in the autumn 2024 intake on a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate taught programme. 
  • Scholarship amount
  • £1,000 to £3,000
  • The scholarship will be applied as a discount to the tuition fee for your first year of study only
  • Eligibility
  • To be eligible you need to meet all of the following conditions: 
    • you are an international overseas tuition fee-paying student holding an unconditional offer on a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate taught programme offered by Birkbeck, starting in autumn 2024. You must have been assessed as an international fee-payer to qualify.
    • you are ordinarily resident of a country in the relevant region 
    • you are self-funded
    • you are classified as an 'overseas' tuition fee payer.
  • Only one scholarship award can be offered per student and the scholarship cannot normally be held in conjunction with any other scholarship.  You may apply for multiple scholarships; if you are successful in being awarded multiple scholarships, the highest value scholarship will be awarded to you.
  • How to apply 
  • Once you have received an unconditional offer from Birkbeck, you can apply using the online application form for the region where you ordinarily reside.
    • Application form for those ordinarily residing in South Asia/Central Asia - tbc
    • Application form for those ordinarily residing in East Asia/Southeast Asia. You must be a national of, and living in, one of the following territories: Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau SAR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.
    • Application form for those ordinarily residing in Turkey and Northern Africa. You must be a national of, and living in, one of the following territories: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan, South Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, Western Sahara. 
    • Application form for those ordinarily residing in The Americas - tbc
    • Application form for those ordinarily residing in Sub Saharan Africa. You must be a national of, and living in, one of the following territories: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Democratic Republic), Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, eSwatini, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
    • Application form for international students based in the UK  - tbc
  • Successful scholars will be selected based on a statement of no more than 4,000 characters in support of the application. The statement should detail why they are the ideal candidate for the scholarship. Applicants are required to demonstrate they have made provisions to fund the remainder of their tuition fees. 
  • If you are successfully awarded this scholarship, you will be notified by e-mail. You must complete a payment of the Student visa non-refundable deposit within the time limit stated on your award letter (typically five to seven working days). 
  • You must successfully enrol for the autumn 2024 intake to receive the award, and no later than 8 September 2024.
  • Deadlines
  • For courses starting in the autumn 2024, the deadline to apply for this scholarship is:
    • Round 1: 11:59 pm (BST -  UK time) on Sunday 19 May 2024
    • Round 2: 11:59 pm (BST - UK time) on Sunday 23 June 2024 
    • Please note: Students who have applied by the first deadline do not need to submit a new application to be considered for the second round.
  • General terms and conditions
  • Birkbeck has sole discretion to assign, vary or withdraw this award. 
  • This award is only available to students enrolling to 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 programmes.
  • As a Birkbeck scholar you may be required to participate in current and future promotional activities to represent the student body at Birkbeck; including, but not limited to, being interviewed and photographed by our External Relations and Marketing department, providing short progress reports on your studies. 
  • If the student fails to enrol by 8 September 2024 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 

    Further information

    Visit our international finance page to find out about fees and payment plans, loans and bank accounts for international students studying in the UK.

    If you would like further information, please at Birkbeck.