The history of the Birmingham School of Computer Science goes back to the late 1950s. At that time, Birmingham appeared among the first academic centers in the UK that risked undertaking research and teaching in this sphere. Nowadays, the School offers a range of beneficial post-graduate scholarship programs for students who show interest in information and communication technology. So, below you can explore five great grants that aim to provide you with great possibilities!
#1. BDPA/BETF Eli Lilly Information Technology Scholarship
The Black Data Processing Associates Education and Technology Foundation (BDPA/BETF) in collaboration with Eli Lilly and Company have launched this scholarship program to recognize excellent students who express commitment to IT sphere and want to contribute to the global society. The value of the scholarship is $2,500.
If you would like to apply for this scholarship award, make sure you can meet the following criteria:
- a candidate must be a citizen of the United States with permanent residence, who is a graduating high-school senior or a current college student;
- a candidate must have a minimum GPA of 3.0;
- a candidate must prove leadership skills through demonstrating academic/social engagement or participation in community service;
- a candidate must be a member of BDPA (membership stands at $25/1 year).
All document required should be submitted no later than July, yearly:
- official form;
- 2 recommendation letters;
- academic transcript;
Please check the details here, on the official scholarship’s website.
#2. BrainTrack Computer Science Scholarship
The BrainTrack Scholarship financially supports students who wish to obtain Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degrees in such fields of study as:
- Computer Science;
- Information Systems;
- Information Technology.
The value of scholarship is equal to $1000 as a winning award and to $500 as a runner-up award.
Please consider the following scholarship’s requirements if you want to apply:
- a candidate must be a U.S. citizen with permanent residence or have valid and appropriate student visa;
- a candidate student must have completed a minimum of 1 semester of studies in a Computer Science program and must be pursuing a degree at the time of application;
- a candidate student must be enrolled in 1 or more related courses, as well as in on-campus and on-line courses, at the time of application;
- full- and part-time students can participate.
- The spring scholarship’s deadline is March, yearly; the fall scholarship’s deadline is November, yearly.
- A candidate must compose the essay, answering to the questions designed by BrainTrack: that should help students who consider Computer Science major as their career path.
More information can be found here.
#3. AFCEA Cyber Studies & Intelligence Scholarships
The scholarships are sponsored by AFCEA (The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association) and aim to support qualifying students who are obtaining an academic degree in such fields as IT, Electronic Engineering, Computer Science and Cyber Security. The value of the scholarship varies from between $1,000 and $5,000.
- An applicant must be a citizen of the USA.
- An applicant can be
- a sophomore undergraduate;
- a junior undergraduate;
- a graduate student with full-time enrollment in any degree-granting program considered as eligible (these are distance-learning and online programs that are affiliated with major U.S. institutions).
- An applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
- An applicant must be enrolled in a sphere that is related to the support of U.S. security enterprises, U.S. cyber enterprises or U.S. intelligence directly, as well as to cyber security and cyberattack, IT, intelligence studies, electronic engineering and foreign languages optionally. That is to say, an applicant’s major must align with AFCEA’s mission.
- The annual deadline is November.
- An applicant must submit: an official form, 2 recommendation letters and academic transcripts.
More details about the scholarship can be found on the AFCEA’s official website.
#4. MSc Scholarships in Computer Science – University of Birmingham
Every year the University of Birmingham along with the School of Computer Science award scholarships and grants to UK and EU students who wish to get their Master’s Degree in a major related to Computer Science. The awards are provided by Paul and Yuanbi Ramsay MSc Bursary and are open for all Master’s courses in Computer Science. The scholarships aim to support students who demonstrate significant (potential) academic achievements and excellent academic results. The two MSc grants stand at £4,950.
Eligibility Criteria and Application Requirements
- Candidates must come from the UK or EU and have a low-income background or be in receipt of benefits.
- Applications must be submitted through the Student Funding Office.
- The awardee should write a thank letter to and Mrs. Ramsay at the end of the first term of study. Besides, other ways of interaction with Dr. and Mrs. Ramsay are welcome.
- The deadline for submission is July, 15th.
#5. International Student Masters Scholarships
This is a £3,000 scholarship that is provided by the University of Birmingham to international Master students who are funded privately and pay full tuition fee.
- The scholarship is available to students who come from outside the EU.
- The grant will be awarded to a candidate who demonstrates excellent (potential) academic results in his or her prior degree.
- An applicant must accept an offer for the School Master’s Degree program. Admissions tutors nominate applicants, so when completing the form, indicate that you wish to be considered.
- Consider that the application deadline is July, 15th.
- You should fill in the special online form if you are interested in a Master’s Degree program in
- MSc in Advanced Computer Science;
- MSc in Computer Security;
- MSc in Computer Science;
- MSc in Human-Computer Interaction;
- MSc in Multidisciplinary Optimization;
- MREs in Natural Computation;
- MSc in Robotics.
- The required papers include:
- 2 references from reliable people who know you well (a reference from your teacher or instructor is preferable).
- Academic transcripts (this is the list that should include the grades you were given for each subject you studied; in case you haven’t finished your degree at the time of application, you should send a transcript awarded to you in the previous years);
- A statement of research is required ONLY for MSc Advanced Computer Science major: this is a research oriented major that includes 2 mini-projects plus a summer project; they should be written in the style of a peer-reviewed scientific journal. So, your application should have 2 sides of A4 with your tentative ideas and research interests that you are going to develop within these 3 projects. Ideally, they should be related to the School’s research interest. That is why applicants are advised to consult the web-pages of lecturers or professors. After your admission, you will be able to check and change your plans provided that you discuss the alterations with your supervisor.
- If English is not your native language, you must submit an English language proficiency certificate.
For more information please follow this link to the official website of the University.