Universitas 21 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.We 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. Please use the left hand menu to find out the awards currently open for applications.

View the successful students awards and destinations in our 2012-13 Annual Report

Summary of Awards available

Please see below for a summary and the left hand index for more detailed information on the range of awards that were on offer:

Range of awards from 2013 - all applications now closed

  • University of New South Wales U21 Summer School, 2-17 July 2014, deadline 24 January 
  • University of Connecticut Social Entrepreneurship Project - in Guatemala, 22 June to 18 July 2014, deadline 9 February
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong U21 Undergraduate Research Conference, 7-11 July 2014, deadline 7 March 
  • Fudan University (Shanghai):  International Summer Session, 28 June to 26 July 2014,  deadline 21 March 
  • Korea University International Summer Campus (ISC), July-August 2014, deadline 21 March
  • Museums and Collections Award, University of Melbourne, Summer 2014, deadline 7 March 
  • Auckland University Graduate Research Conference, Summer 2014 

Each bursary is to assist a student with travelling and subsistence costs. Some bursaries are not open to final year students and in some cases applicants will be required to complete an application process both for the University of Birmingham and the university organising the summer school. 

You and your students can find further details on how to apply and previous beneficiaries by following the link on the left hand side of this page - click 'Students' and then 'Universitas 21'.

PhD Scholarships

PhD students can apply for a scholarship of £1,500 to enrich their research through international collaboration with U21 partners. Thirteen scholarships were awarded last year with students planning to travel to Auckland, Hong Kong, Virginia, Melbourne, Queensland and Connecticut amongst other destinations.

Applications for PhD Scholarships are now closed and will re-open in the autumn of 2014.

Travel Bursaries

Undergraduate students taking their year abroad at a U21 university are invited to apply for a bursary of £1,000 to support their studies. Successful applicants are expected to act as an ambassador for UoB as a condition of the funding. Eight bursaries were awarded last year.

These applications have now closed and will re-open in the Spring term 2015.

Museums and Collections Award (CAL students only)

One successful candidate will work for one month on a museum or collection project, hosted by the 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 are now closed.


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!

You can read reports and see photographs from more of our students on the U21 Summer Schools page (click the link to the left).

U21-celebration-event-June-2012-150Evgeniya Chalakova (2nd year Undergraduate International Relations with German) and Carla Aloe (Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music PhD student) at the Universitas 21 Celebration event, Hornton Grange, June 2012. 

Evgeniya attended the U21 Summer School at Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico in July and Carla travelled to the University of British Columbia, Canada in 2012-13 to further her research.



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 Projects Officer, with any questions at m.clulee@bham.ac.uk

Learn more about Universitas 21 at www.universitas21.com 


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