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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.

Birkbeck global future scholarships 

  • 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.
  • 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 and Réunion.
  • 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.

2022-23 eligibility criteria and how to apply

  • 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
    • Réunion
    • Romania
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    • Spain
    • Sweden
    • you are self-funded and are holding a full-time Master's offer of study from us for October 2022 entry and/or January 2023
    • 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. 
    • Find out more about postgraduate study at Birkbeck.
  • Please note: The discounts on course fees that Birkbeck offers are mutually exclusive – if you are eligible for more than one discount, you may only claim one.

Additional Scholarships available

International Early Enrolment Tuition Fee Reduction – India and Nigeria

  • A tuition fee reduction of 10% is available to international students living in India or Nigeria starting a full-time postgraduate course in Autumn 2022. 
  • Value: 10% reduction in postgraduate taught course fees.
  • Duration: 10% reduction is for the first year of your course (if your course is longer than one year). 
  • Eligibility: To be eligible for our International Early Enrolment Tuition Fee reduction you must be: 
    • an international student (you are classified as an ‘international’ tuition fee payer) 
    • studying full time 
    • starting a postgraduate taught course in Autumn 2022
    • complete enrolment by 31 August 2022
    • domiciled in India or Nigeria.
  • Please note, this cannot be combined with our alumni discount. If you are in receipt of sponsorship by a third-party and/or in receipt of a Birkbeck school award/scholarship, you won’t be eligible.
  • How to apply: There is no need to apply - if you meet the eligibility criteria, the 10% will be applied automatically.

Department of Management master's scholarships 2022

  • A £1,000 scholarship is available to international students living in India or Nigeria, starting on one of the master's courses offered by the Department of Management in Autumn 2022 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 Department of Management master's courses in Autumn 2022
    • be domiciled in India or Nigeria.
  • Please note, the only other financial incentive that this can be combined with is the 10% early enrolment tuition fee reduction.
  • If you are in receipt of sponsorship by a third-party and/or in receipt of a Birkbeck school award/scholarship, 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 Arts master's course in Autumn 2022 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 School of Arts master's course in Autumn 2022
    • be domiciled in Nigeria.
  • Please note, the only other financial incentive that this can be combined with is the 10% early enrolment tuition fee reduction.
  • If you are in receipt of sponsorship by a third-party and/or in receipt of a Birkbeck school award/scholarship, 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 2022 intake on a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate taught programme. 
  • Scholarship amount: £1,000 - £5,000
  • 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 2022. 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 'International' 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.
  • Successful scholars will be selected on the basis of a statement of no more than 4000 characters in support of the application. The statement should detail why they are the ideal candidate for the scholarship. Applicants will be required to have made provision to fund the remainder of their studies. 
  • If you are successfully awarded this scholarship, you will be notified by e-mail. You must complete a payment of a £200 non-refundable deposit within the timeframe stated on your award letter (typically five working days).
  • You must successfully enrol for the Autumn 2022 intake to receive the award, and no later than 17 September 2022.
  • Application deadlines:
    • For courses starting in the Autumn 2022, the deadline to apply for this scholarship is:
    • Round 1: midnight UK time on Sunday 29 May 2022
    • Round 2: midnight UK time on Sunday 17 July 2022 (31 July for Sub-Saharan Africa) 
    • The deadline that applicants will receive a response by is:
    • Round 2: Monday 8 August 2022
    • 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 courses.
    • As a Birkbeck Scholar you will be required to participate in current and future promotional activities to represent the student body at Birkbeck; including, but not limited to, be interviewed and photographed by our External Relations and Marketing department, provide short progress reports on your studies. The College reserves the right to revoke the scholarship in the event the scholar is not fulfilling the requirements of the role.
    • If the student fails to enrol by 17 September 2022, 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

    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.