Faculty of Social Sciences

Global Placement Grant

Global Placement Grant
Global Placement Grant

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.

Covid-19 (coronavirus)

Please note: For Summer 2021, the Global Placement Grant (GPG) and the Careers Service International Work Experience Grant (IWEG) will NOT be providing any grants for overseas placements due to the Government guidance and restrictions on overseas travel in relation to the Covid-19 epidemic. Instead, there will be funding available for students to engage with international programmes ‘remotely’. These are often called remote (also called virtual or online) internships.

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 £350 grant to students in receipt of a core bursary who wish to undertake remote-working/online/virtual international work experience.

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 and charges of these remote-working 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.

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 a first-come-first-served basis. 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.

The Grant was open for applications from 7 December 2020 until 29 March 2021.

Placement blog


Looking for ideas?

The Go Abroad website list plenty of remote-working/virtual 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. Think Pacific's virtual internships allow students to have a self-developing experience.

You can boost your digital skills, cultural fluency and enhance future employability with the Pagoda Summer Skills Course. As part of the digitally delivered programme, each student will be paired with a student from either Greater China, Mexico or Vietnam as part of the Pagoda Cultural Mentor scheme.

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 and the cost of remote-working/virtual/online international placements
  • 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 remote-working/online/virtual placement, 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 Alison Brierley.

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 2021 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 a remote-working/virtual/online overseas placement opportunity during the summer vacation period June to end of September 2021 (earlier dates may be considered – please provide dates when applying)
  • 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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