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The Women in Sport Scholarship

The Women in Sport Scholarship is not available for 2023/24, but it may be offered again in 2024/25.

Information about the scholarship is provided for reference only.

The Women in Sport Scholarship is part of a wider initiative at Birkbeck to foster women’s participation in the sport industry and aims to benefit a female student enrolled on a sport programme (MSc).

About the funders

  • The Scholarship is generously funded by Birkbeck alumnus Tim Edwards and his partner Elizabeth Edwards. Elizabeth is a Director of Ipswich Town plc, a Trustee of the Ipswich Town Community Trust, as well as being the club supporter Liaison Officer, and Tim is an Associate Director of Ipswich Town FC. Together, they are co-founders of the Ipswich Town Heritage Society. They are passionate about increasing the number of women working in football and sport more generally.
  • Tim explained, ‘Women remain under-represented in senior management roles in the football industry. The Birkbeck MSc course provides a great opportunity for women to pursue their love of sport and progress professionally in this most fascinating and challenging of industries’.

Value of award

  • Funding of £5000 for a full-time Home/EU/international student or £2500 per year for a part-time Home/EU/international student, depending on chosen mode of study, has previously been available.
  • Funding is subject to the recipient making satisfactory progression as assessed through the College’s formal assessment procedures.


  • Applications were welcomed from female Home/EU/international students who met this criteria:
    • graduated with a 1st class or 2:1 undergraduate degree
    • have strong potential for achievement at postgraduate level
    • demonstrated financial need.

Programmes linked to the Scholarship