Westmere Scholars

If you are passionate about delivering research events, building research communities, and you want to boost your experience base and CV, then you might just have what it takes to be a Westmere Scholar. The Westmere scholarships are £5000 12-month scholarships that will empower you to make the new postgraduate researcher hub the bustling heart of our research community.

Who can be a Westmere Scholar?

The University Graduate School are looking for five current postgraduate researchers who can engage with postgraduate researcher communities, initiate and deliver researcher development activities, initiate and deliver researcher development activities, and advocate and promote the postgraduate research hub, Westmere. This 12-month scholarship confers a generous £5,000 bursary for the academic year (start of August 2017 – end of July 2018).

We are looking for PGRs who can think more broadly than their own discipline, show an understanding of postgraduate research issues, and display the ability to think across research subject areas. Experience of organising and promoting events would be an advantage.

What is Westmere?

Westmere is the postgraduate research hub at the University of Birmingham. Westmere House (G15 on the campus map) has been developed as an event and social space for all postgraduate researchers, and a study space for postgraduate researchers in the College of Arts & Law. Westmere is the centre for postgraduate researcher workshops, conferences, training, social events and networking; and the Westmere Scholars lead the way in bringing the physical space and our postgraduate research community together.

How to apply

The scholarships are open to any Normally Registered University of Birmingham postgraduate researcher, including existing scholarship-funded PGRs, who will be Normally Registered until the end of July 2018 (i.e. not in writing up period).


Application process

Applications should include:

  • Your full name, student ID number and College
  • A short (750 words) support statement showing your potential to support the key aims of the Westmere Scholarship Scheme outlined in the supporting document (see below)
  • A short CV (maximum 2 A4 sides) showing education and employment history. 
  • Two supporting references including one from your lead supervisor. These should be signed by your referee and supplied in PDF format.

The application documents must be submitted online before the closing date for applications: 28 April 2017.

If you have any questions about the scholarships, please contact the University Graduate School.

Please read the Westmere Scholarships 2017-18 supporting document (PDF - 342KB) before submitting your application.