International Relations U21 Opportunities 

The University of Birmingham is an active member of Universitas 21, a global network of leading research-intensive universities. 

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At the U21 celebration BBQ at Hornton Grange, from left to right: Ana Ture (History, Fudan University Summer School and Undergraduate Research Conference at Tecnológico De Monterrey, Mexico), Rachel Malik (Economics and History, National University of Singapore Summer School and the Undergraduate Research Conference, Auckland University) and Marc Zahrescu (Computer Science, Hong Kong University Summer Institute).

Universitas 21 empowers students and staff from 27 world-class universities to share excellence, collaborate across borders and nurture international knowledge exchange. This dynamic approach has helped nurture a global network of over 1 million students and 200,000 staff, inspiring institutional innovation for over 20 years. 

To facilitate our collaboration with the network, International Relations offer a number of awards to support engagement with our U21 partners. There are a range of awards available for undergraduate and postgraduate students - please scroll down this page for more details! At the bottom of this page you can watch short videos of previous summer school awardees describing their experiences, or click here to find some of the case studies from previous UG and PGR award winners who have blogged about their U21 experiences.  

International Relations U21 Awards

International Relations Summer School/Event bursaries 

UG students can apply for funding to attend exciting U21 Summer Schools/Events and engage with their peers from around the globe. For more information on this year's events and funds, please see the Summer Event Bursaries page. In 2020 we  have opportunities available in: Mexico, Amsterdam, Zurich, Lund, Singapore, Shanghai, Seoul, and Melbourne. 

International Relations PhD Scholarships

PhD students can apply for a scholarship of up to £1,500 to spend a month enriching their research through international collaboration with U21 partners. Scholarships awarded last year saw our PGR students travel to Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Maryland, McMaster, Melbourne, Singapore, and UC Davis. For more information please see our PhD Scholarships page.

Museums and Collections Award (CAL students only)

UG or PGT students can seize the opportunity to work for one month on a museum or collection project, hosted by either the University of Melbourne (Australia) or Lund University (Sweden). The student will be exposed to many facets of the cultural collections, through activities such as attendance at workshops and working alongside university collections staff including curators, collection managers, archivists and conservators. 

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Verity Parkin (Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences) and Hana Ruslan (Accounting and Finance), Winners of the 2018 Fudan University International Summer Session Bursary

Universitas 21 Health Sciences Group  

The University of Birmingham is also an active member of U21's Health Sciences Group (HSG). U21 HSG is a unique global university network of Health Sciences staff and students that includes members from 18 universities worldwide, across 11 different countries and 6 continents. The group includes the discipline areas of Dentistry, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Pharmacy, and Public Health.

As a collaborative network, they work together on numerous interdisciplinary projects and activities for both staff and students of relevance to the Health Sciences, with a focus on global health issues.

Opportunities to get involved with U21 HSG include:

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 Robin Mason, Pro Vice Chancellor International is the U21 Manager for the University of Birmingham.

Professer Damien Walmsley, Director of Internationalisation (MDS) is the U21 Health Sciences Group lead for the University of Birmingham. 

Please contact Lauren Rawlins (U21 Officer, International Relations) with any questions. 

Learn more about Universitas 21 


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