International Relations U21 Opportunities 


Above from right to left: Megan Daly (UG Travel bursary), Roberta Patellero (Fudan Summer School), Ralitsa Toteva (UG Travel bursary), Patrick Pitts, Yanitsa Dyakova (both Connecticut Summer School), Erik Londin, UG Research Conference, Amsterdam), Megan Powell-Williams, Hazel Harrison, Josie Lockwood (all UG Travel Bursary). 

The University of Birmingham is an active member of Universitas 21, a global network of leading research intensive universities.International Relations have a range of awards for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.


These awards support students to access some of the fantastic opportunities offered by our U21 partners. Please find a full list of U21 universities at the bottom of this page and use the left hand menu to find out the awards currently open for applications.


We would also encourage you to read some of our case studies from UG and PGR students who speak about the benefits their U21 experience has brought them!


View the successful students awards and destinations in our 2014-15 University of Birmingham U21 Annual Report

International Relations U21 Undergraduate Awards

International Relations Summer Event bursaries 

Please click on the event title below to access an application form. Eligibility criteria and deadlines vary, so please read them carefully! 

Please also refer to these guidelines when applying for the SE Corps in Ecuador bursary

Please also ask your supervisor to complete this Tutor Reference form as part of your application to the U21 Undergraduate Research Conference.

International Relations PhD Scholarships

PhD students can apply for a scholarship of £1,500 to enrich their research through international collaboration with U21 partners. Scholarships awarded last year saw our PGR students travel to Auckland, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Queensland and Connecticut. For more information please see our PhD Scholarships page - applications are now open with a deadline of Monday March 28th.

Museums and Collections Award (CAL students only)

One successful candidate will work for one month on a museum or collection project, hosted by Melbourne University. The student will also be exposed to other facets of the cultural collections, through activities such as  attendance at meetings, workshops or spending the day with other museums and collections staff from across the university, including curators, collection managers, archivists and conservators in order to get a more comprehensive picture of what their work entails. 

Applications for the Museums and Collections award will open again in the New Year 2016.

U21 Video Profiles

Some of our successful candidates from previous summer schools have been filmed talking about their time overseas - why they applied, what they did and how they believe their experiences have benefited them academically, culturally and for their future careers!

Contact and further information

Professor Adam Tickell, Provost and Vice-Principal is the U21 Manager for the University of Birmingham.

Please contact Matt Clulee, International Relations Projects Officer, with any questions at

Learn more about Universitas 21 at 


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