Chamberlain Award 2012/13

If you are not eligible for an award under our National Scholarship Programme (NSP) criteria, you may be entitled to a Chamberlain Award, which is an additional scheme that the University has introduced for undergraduates entering the University in 2012.  

Please note that this information relates to students who commenced their studies in September 2012 only.

If you started University in September 2013 you will need to visit our Chamberlain Award 2013/14 web page.

If you are started University in September 2014 you will need to visit our Chamberlain Award 2014/15 web page.

If you are due to start University in September 2015 you will need to visit our Chamberlain Award 2015/16 web page.

Am I eligible for a Chamberlain Award?

In order to be eligible you must:

  • be a UK-resident student commencing a first undergraduate degree in September 2012;
  • be liable for the full standard undergraduate fee (£9,000);
  • have a household income of £42,600 or less (as verified by the relevant Student Loans Company agency);
  • not be on an NHS funded programme;
  • not be on an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme;
  • not be progressing from a foundation degree;
  • not be transferring from another institution;
  • not be in receipt of an award from the National Scholarship Programme at the University of Birmingham. 

The Chamberlain Award will be subject to annual reassessment to determine eligibility. 

What does the Chamberlain Award offer?

Chamberlain Award figures
 Household income Value 
 Less than £25,000  £2,000
 £25,001 - £28,000  £1,750 
 £28,001 - £31,000  £1,500 
 £31,001 - £34,000  £1,250 
 £34,001 - £36,000  £1,000 
 £36,001 - £38,000  £750 
 £38,001 - £40,000  £500 
 £40,001 - £42,600  £250 

Please note that qualifying students must choose to receive either a National Scholarship Programme award or a Chamberlain award, not both.

Students in receipt of a Chamberlain Award in their entry year (depending on their chosen subject) may also be eligible for additional scholarships administered by their School/College.

Do I need to apply?

No. Your household income will be automatically assessed once you have applied for a financial assessment from Student Finance England and have given consent to share your financial information with the University.

When will I be notified?

Awards are currently in the process of being approved for all students who started in September 2012.  You should receive the notification letter to your home address by 1 December 2015. 

If you have not received your letter after this date, please log an enquiry via for the attention of Funding, Graduation & Awards.

When will I be paid?

Payment of the Chamberlain Award will be made in two equal instalments, one in late January and one in early May. Payment will be made directly into the bank account you have nominated for your Maintenance Loan or Grant.

Alternatively you may choose to have your award as either a tuition/accommodation fee reduction; instructions will be included on your award letter. 

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The Student Loans Company must verify your household income by 31 May 2016 for you to receive an award for the academic year 2015/16. 

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