Additional sources of funding

Aside from the University of Birmingham work experience bursaries, there are a range of alternative funding options available to students who may be considering undertaking work experience during the summer months, but who require financial assistance to make it happen.

These may be split into two key areas – those available from within the University of Birmingham and those from external sources.

University of Birmingham sources of funding

The International Office at the University of Birmingham administers funding from Universitas 21 (U21) - check out their page for further information.

Typically, applications for U21 funding begin in the Autumn term and may be requested by students seeking financial help for projects overseas.

The University of Birmingham’s Student Funding Office maintains an Undergraduate Funding Database with details of scholarships and bursaries available for undergraduate students may be best suited to you and your personal circumstances.

The Student Funding Office also offers information on funding opportunities for postgraduate students. These include funding through loans, charities and trusts.

Within the College of Social Sciences, the School of Government and Society offers a range of student funding opportunities, including those offered by the University of Birmingham and some from external sources.

External sources of funding

There are many different sources of funding available to students from external bodies. Many of these will be specific to certain disciplines and industry sectors. Careers Network staff often add details of these sources to our Careers Connect database. To find out more, just click on the “Opportunities” button and then select “Funding opportunities” from the “Opportunity type” list.

You may find that there are not as many funding opportunities listed on Careers Connect as you might expect. Often that may be because the funding schemes offered by some organisations are not “live” at that particular time. However, if you would like to email the Internship Officers who maintain the database, they will be able to provide you with a comprehensive list of those they are aware of. The Internship Officers may be emailed at

The Intern Group Scholarships for 2018

The Intern Group offer grants for their summer/fall 2018 programs, which are are now open. The application deadline is February 2 2018. Find out more information on the Intern Group Scholarships for 2018 here. 

Professional bodies and Learned Societies

There are many professional bodies associated with a wide range of industry sectors which provide funding in various forms. Some professional bodies such as the Society of Biology provide lists of studentships and similar funding opportunities.

Other societies which have provided guidance on funding include, but are not limited to:

Remember that your tutors and other academic staff and students may also know of funding available from external sources, so you may find it helpful to speak with them.

Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentships

The Study Abroad Studentships scheme supports students who wish to undertake a period of advanced study or research at a centre of learning anywhere in the world except the UK and the USA. They are currently accepting applications for awards commencing from June 2017.

The Royal Society

The Royal Society is a fellowship of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. It provides a wide variety of grant schemes itself as well as information about other organisations which may be able to assist.

Research Councils

Some research councils may offer funding, depending on the nature of the opportunity you are going to undertake (often this will be more appropriate to research activity and may also require you to be enrolled on a postgraduate course). The website provides more information.

The Nuffield Foundation offers up to 1,000 research placement grants per year.


The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. The DAAD currently provides financial support to more than 74,000 individuals every year by offering funding to students, researchers and academics worldwide. The DAAD also actively promotes Germany as an international study and research destination, and, last but not least, plays a major role in promoting the German language at higher education level worldwide. Funding is available to UK and Eire students.