Faculty of Social Sciences

Global Placement Grant

student groups posing at placement locations

Over recent years, numerous students in our faculty have benefited from undertaking overseas work experience opportunities, either independently or with the support of school and faculty placement schemes.

Please note: The grant has now closed for 2021/22.

Covid-19 (coronavirus)

Please note: For this programme, we are delighted to announce a resumption of this grant for in-person international travel work experience again, but this is at your own risk and liability, and we advise you to carefully consider any overseas placement from a safety perspective, and also to consider any current or likely Covid restrictions there.

Many students have been very interested in pursuing overseas roles, but have been put off by the costs. Therefore, the Faculty of Social Sciences will be offering financial support of up to a £1,000 grant to students in receipt of a core bursary who wish to undertake either international work experience or £450 towards a virtual overseas programme.

This support is designed to enable a wider group of students enjoy great career related work experience overseas without fear of incurring excessive costs. The grant will support the costs, living expenses and associated charges of these.

International work experience can give you hands-on experience with a global organisation. This can make a real difference to that organisation or community, as well as improving your own skills and international experience. Many placement providers build in mentoring, additional training, and some even offer language skills, making these experiences particularly attractive.

This grant is available to assist with opportunities that do not form part of your course requirements. When applying for the grant, please manage your expectations as the annual grant money available to students is finite, and provided on discretionary basis based on your application. The grant is there to help with the expenses of your overseas placement and is unlikely to cover all expenses. Find out more about our eligibility criteria below.

Placement blog

Global Placement Grant – Volunteering with Travelteer in Nepal

by Emily Humphries, 2nd Year, Law LLB Hons I was given the opportunity to travel to Nepal as a part of the Global Placement Grant with the University of Nottingham, and in accepting the chance to go, I had the most incredible and worthwhile experience. As a law student, I am focused towards achieving justice ...

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Looking for ideas?

Please note: Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice is advising against travel to Sri Lanka this summer 2022, therefore the Global Placement Grant cannot be used for this location.

Travelteer offer a great range of international work experience opportunities in Nepal in areas such as conservation, sport, languages, education and international development:

The Go Abroad website list plenty of opportunities for you to browse and investigate if they are suitable for yourself. 

Think Pacific is a UK social enterprise and registered Fijian charity that supports Fijian Government Ministries, NGOs, and business partners to achieve ethical, responsible, and sustainable development.

You can boost your skills and future employability with the Pagoda Projects international programme covering a range of countries.

Video profiles

Please note – these vlogs and testimonials refer to pre-covid programmes where students were able to travel overseas, and have been left in for reference.

Alex Yousefian

Alex Yousefian, overseas work experience grant recipient, discusses his internship in China as a sales manager and how the grant covered many of his internship costs.

Sarah Lazar

Sarah Lazar, overseas work experience grant recipient, discusses how her grant enabled her to enjoy an international work placement at The Rosie May Foundation.


How to apply

How does it work?

The grant will be awarded to support your expenses such as:

  • placement provider fees, travel costs, accommodation, basic living expense (food etc), inoculations, VISA charges etc
  • other relevant expenses

As part of the process, you will be required to give detailed evidence of programme costs.

You will be expected to find your own work experience opportunity. If you wish to access support with finding a placement, beyond the suggested organisation listed above, you can book an appointment with the Careers and Employability Service, or visit the internships abroad page where you can find plenty of helpful resources to help your search.

Please also be aware of our:

If you have any questions, please contact the Grant Administrator Rebekah Thirlwall.

Please note: As mentioned above – this is an application for the residual grant funds available and as a result there is no closing date to apply, so grants will be offered on a ‘first come first served basis’ and you will be notified with two working days after your application.  Due to this, we strongly recommend you do not pay any programme deposits or upfront costs yourself until you have confirmation you have been offered a grant.

Download the application form (Word)

Submit your application

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 studying a degree in the Faculty of Social Sciences 
  • You must be in receipt of the Nottingham Core Bursary 
  • You must be due to return to continue your studies at the university's UK campus after the 2022 summer vacation

If you are not eligible for the Global Placements Grant (GPG), you may be eligible for the Careers and Employability Service International Work Experience Grant though we advise you to please read their eligibility criteria first before applying.

The following are not eligible to apply for the grant:

  • Final year undergraduates 
  • 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 International Work Experience Grant (Careers and Employability Service) - please note, you can only apply to one of these grants
  • Previous recipients of the Global Placement Grant OR the Careers and Employability Service International Work Experience Grant (IWEG) - only one of these grants is allowed per person during your time at the university

The work experience opportunity must: 

  • be an overseas placement opportunity (outside of the UK and not in the same country as your off-campus country of residence) during the summer vacation period June to end of September 2022 (earlier dates may be considered – please provide dates when applying)
  • be a virtual overseas engagement/international placement, to qualify for the virtual/online grant
  • not form part of your course requirements

Disclaimer: The Faculty of Social Sciences is aware that this is a work experience opportunity and we cannot be held responsible for any miscommunication in regards to the details. Any queries related to the costs associated with this position, and the placement details should be taken up with the employer directly using the contact information provided. It is up to the individual if they wish to engage with this opportunity. Our inclusion is not a recommendation.


Faculty of Social Sciences

University of Nottingham
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