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The International Work Experience Grant (IWEG) 2021 can offer funding of £350 to University of Nottingham undergraduate students who secure a virtual, international internship with a fee-charging provider for the summer of 2021. 

The International Work Experience Grant (IWEG) has been providing funding to support students to take up overseas internships since 2016. In response to the global pandemic we have set up IWEG 2021 for this academic year only, which will help students with the cost of undertaking placements that have an international focus but take place remotely. 

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International Work Experience Grant 2021

We understand that international placements provide valuable experience and skills development for our students, however we expect summer 2021 to be an unusually difficult year for overseas travel. This doesn’t mean you can’t still get that international experience as many placement providers are offering remote (also called virtual or online) internships.   

Virtual internships give can give you hands-on experience with a global organisation from anywhere in the world at any time. You work on a genuine project, and this can make a real difference to that organisation or community, as well as improving your own skills and international experience. Many placement providers are also building in mentoring, additional training, and some even offer language skills, making these experiences particularly attractive.  

You will be expected to find your own placement, though many providers are now offering virtual experiences with international organisations or overseas projects so it shouldn’t be hard to find a good one. The provider must be one to whom a fee is payable. Do make sure you check them out to ensure they are offering what you want and that they appear to be reputable. To begin your search for providers you might want to start at GoOverseas where you can find lots of opportunities and read reviews from past interns to help you make up your mind. If you wish to discuss your ideas and options for finding an overseas placement, you can book an appointment with one of the Careers Team.

This grant is only available to assist with opportunities that do not form part of your course requirements. Find out more about the eligibility criteria

For the summer of 2021 the International Work Experience Grant will be offered to support virtual internships ONLY. We are unable to support actual overseas travel this year. Email us if you have queries via



How does it work?

Applications will be open from Monday 7 December 2020 until Wednesday 31 March 2021. You can apply before you have a confirmed place, although on your application we will need you to tell us some basic information about the placement you will be applying for. If you are successful you will be awarded a grant of £350 to help fund your placement provider’s fees.   

We will let you know within four weeks of the closing date, if we are able to offer you a conditional grant, and you can then go about making your placement arrangements in the knowledge that your offer is secure subject to you meeting all IWEG 2021 requirements. Grants will be paid out during May 2021, by which time you must be able to provide us with confirmation of your placement prior to payment being released. 

Advice for volunteering with children:

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued official advice to warn prospective volunteers and visitors about the unintended consequences of orphanage tourism and volunteering. If you are considering a placement with an overseas institution for children please read this advice.  

We reserve the right to decline applications to the International Work Experience Grant for any type of activity which supports volunteering or visits to orphanages or other types of residential institution for children. 


Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for this grant, the following criteria must be met: 

  • You must be a current, full-time undergraduate student at the University of Nottingham 

  • You must be based on the UK campus for the entirety of your degree, or a 2+2 student from The University of Nottingham China or Malaysia Campus 

  • Your placement must be through a fee-charging organisation of good standing, operating overseas but offering a remote/virtual experience. 

The following are not eligible to apply for the grant: 

  • Postgraduate taught students 

  • PhD/postgraduate research students 

  • Foundation year students  

  • International students on exchange at the UK campus for one year only 

  • Students applying for the Global Placements Grant (Faculty of Social Sciences). If you are a student from the faculty of social sciences and you are in receipt of the University of Nottingham Core Bursary you should apply to the Global Placements GrantPlease note you can only apply to ONE of these grants
  • Previous recipients of the International Work Experience Grant OR the Global Placement Grant - only one of these grants is allowed per person during your time at the University

The virtual work experience opportunity must: 

  • take place during summer vacation 

  • be based outside of the United Kingdom 

  • be based outside of your home country (if you are an international student) 

  • not form part of your course requirement 

The placement must comply with:

University's policy on paid and unpaid placements and internships PDF file icon

Please also be aware of our: 


Students in receipt of the University of Nottingham Core Bursary will be given priority access to the International Work Experience Grant.

The University of Nottingham is committed to supporting students from backgrounds which are underrepresented in Higher Education to access opportunities. We may therefore use information the University holds about students to assess applications and decide how the grant is awarded. 

If you have any questions, contact the Placements Team at 

Careers and Employability Service

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