Funding for International Work Experience
The Careers and Employability Service offers a number of grants designed to support students in accessing international work experience opportunities. Details of the grants available for students undertaking international work experience in summer 2022 are available below.
How to apply
Follow the application process in the information below
Supported by the Turing Scheme, a UK Government programme to support students to study and work abroad, the Careers and Employability Service are able to offer a number of Turing Scholarships to current students to undertake a period of overseas work experience in summer 2022.
Eligible students are home fee paying undergraduates who meet University of Nottingham Widening Participation criteria. Further details on the scholarships available, eligibility criteria and the process for applying are below.
Due to high levels of interest in the Turing Scholarships we are not currently accepting new applications. We are however operating a waiting list, and you can be added to this by emailing email@example.com with your name, student ID and details of which Turing Scholarship you are interested in (Think Pacific or Operation Wallacea).
Please note also that the International Work Experience Grant (IWEG) is available to students who organise their own placements directly with these organisations. IWEG will open to applications in January 2022
A limited number of Turing Scholarships will be available to support students undertaking overseas work experience during summer 2022. Exact funding amounts allocated to successful applicants will depend on individual circumstances. Students who meet multiple eligibility criteria will be prioritised if applications for Turing Scholarships are over-subscribed. The university will always endeavour to act fairly when making funding decisions.
By submitting an application, you acknowledge and agree that the university reserves the right to decide at its absolute discretion how it wishes to allocate the scholarships to applicants. You further accept that the university shall not (unless required by law) be required to give any reasons for its decisions.
A Turing Scholarship (for Work Experience Summer 2022) is to be viewed as a financial contribution towards the costs of undertaking work experience overseas. It does not fully fund all aspects of the experience. You should also ensure that you have other forms of financial support arranged such as savings, maintenance loan/grant, bursary, family contributions, etc. in order to support yourself as required.
The Turing Scholarships are exclusively for Home-Fee paying undergraduate students whose most recent school/college was a state school and who are part of one or more of the priority groups listed below. This helps to ensure that students from backgrounds underrepresented in Higher Education can fully access the opportunities available to all students and to improve social mobility.
- You are in receipt of a University of Nottingham Core Bursary or Nottingham Potential Bursary
- You have a declared disability or learning difference (if you have not declared this to the university you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org)
- You are a mature student (age 21 or over at the start of your course)
- You have spent more than three months in local authority care (in this situation you do not need to have attended a state school)
- You are under 25 and estranged from your family
- You are a registered carer
- You have refugee status from the Home Office
- Your home address used on your UCAS application is in an area where people are less likely to go to University. This can be checked using the postcode checker available on the University website. The response ‘You may be eligible for a contextual offer’ confirms you have met this criteria
Turing Scholarship 1: ThinkPacific – one month experience in Fiji
ThinkPacific provides a life-changing one month volunteering experience in Fiji which gives students the opportunity work on a range of exciting projects from sports coaching to public health, mental advocacy to education and many more.
10 Turing Scholarships are available to eligible students (see eligibility criteria above).
Each scholarship will provide a grant to the student of up to £2,450*.
The overall cost of the experience (travel, flights, insurance, ThinkPacific fee which covers accommodation etc.) is approximately £3,200. Therefore the Turing Scholarship will provide up to 75% of the total cost to a student. ThinkPacific provides comprehensive support to students to assist them in fundraising to cover any costs they find it difficult to meet themselves.
To find out more about a ThinkPacific experience we encourage you to attend the following event taking place at 5pm, Thursday 18 November
- Applications to the Turing Scholarship for ThinkPacific are now over-subscribed and as such we are not currently accepting new applications. If you wish to have your details added to a waiting list please can you email email@example.com. Please include your name, student ID, and which scheme you are interested in, and we will be in touch.
You can apply to ThinkPacific
directly via their website, and should you not be funded by a Turing Scholarship you may be able to access the International Work Experience Grant also offered by the Careers and Employability Service. This offers smaller grant amounts and will be advertised from January 2022. Further details at the bottom of this page.
*Exact funding amounts will depend on individual circumstances.
Turing Scholarship 2: Operation Wallacea – 6 week experience in Mexico or South Africa
Operation Wallacea provides students with the opportunity to participate in active field research working alongside academic teams and scientists in a range of locations. The Turing Scholarships with Operation Wallacea focus on their Mexico and South Africa locations. Students from any degree discipline can apply to one of these exciting opportunities focusing on themes such as wildlife monitoring, marine research, biodiversity surveying and more.
15 Turing Scholarships are available to eligible students (see eligibility criteria above)
This is split as follows: 10 Scholarships for Mexico / 5 Scholarships for South Africa
Each scholarship will provide a grant to the student of up to £2,290*.
The cost (per person) for a six week Research Expedition with Operation Wallacea is £3,150, this covers everything once a student is ‘in-country’ including accommodation. This does not include flights. Depending on the cost of flights the Turing Scholarship will provide up to 50-60% of the total cost to a student. Operation Wallacea provides comprehensive support to students to assist them in fundraising to cover any costs they find it difficult to meet themselves.
- Applications to the Turing Scholarship for Operation Wallacea are now over-subscribed and as such we are not currently accepting new applications. If you wish to have your details added to a waiting list please can you email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, student ID, and which Turing Scholarship you are interested in, and we will be in touch.
You can apply to Operation Wallacea directly via their website, and should you not be funded by a Turing Scholarship you may be able to access the International Work Experience Grant, also offered by the Careers and Employability Service. This offers smaller grant amounts and will be advertised from January 2022.
Further details can be found below.
*Exact funding amounts will depend on individual circumstances.
International Work Experience Grant
Find out more about IWEG
The International Work Experience Grant (IWEG) can offer funding to University of Nottingham undergraduate students who secure international work experience placements for the summer of 2022.
The International Work Experience Grant is not connected to the Turing Scholarships also advertised on this webpage. It is a separate scheme designed to support students who secure their own work experience in a country of their choosing. Students who are unsuccessful in applying for a Turing Scholarship can apply for an International Work Experience Grant when it is advertised.
The International Work Experience Grant (IWEG) has been providing funding to support students to take up overseas internships since 2016. In the most recent years our students have received grants ranging from £250 - £750 depending on circumstances.
Further information on the International Work Experience Grant including the amounts available to apply to will be published here by the end of January 2022.