Work Experience Bursary

Level of study
Any Undergraduate
Subject area
Arts and Law, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences, Social Sciences
EU, Overseas (Non-EU), UK
Type of Award
Deadline for applying
Closed 05/04/2020 (Note: competition closed for this year)

Award Description

The University of Birmingham Work Experience bursary scheme offers financial support for all undergraduates to undertake work experience. 

The work experience can be within the UK, overseas or for research related experiences (for example, a research project at a university or within an organisation that is undertaking research). 

Please note that if you have been awarded a Careers Network bursary previously, you can apply again, however, you must strongly demonstrate how this experience is different, and builds upon the previous opportunity for which you received an award. Additionally, students can only apply for either the Work Experience Bursaries or the Gateway Bursary Scheme, not both.

Value of Award

The scheme provides you with a bursary of up to £800 for all undergraduates to undertake work experience in the UK, overseas or for research related experiences. The amount you apply for will depend on the individual circumstances of your proposed work experience. In the past awards have ranged from £100 to £800 to help with expenses including:

  • Accommodation costs
  • Travel expenses
  • Living costs and utilities bills
  • Insurance
  • Visa costs

Eligibility Criteria

The Work Experience bursaries are:

  • Open to all full time undergraduate students from the University of Birmingham (this includes international students)
  • Not open to all year postgraduates and students from other universities
  • Not open to University of Birmingham students studying for one year only as part of an exchange or Erasmus programme
  • Not available to assist with the funding of opportunities that do form part of your course requirements
  • Not available to assist with electives or opportunities that are part of an accredited module

How to Apply

In order to apply for this bursary you must complete and submit an online application form, which can be found on the Work Experience Bursaries page during the time that the competition is open.

Once the application deadline has passed, all applications received on-line will be assessed by Careers Network staff. Applicants who are successful in passing this first assessment stage will then be invited to attend a short panel interview and to deliver a five minute presentation, training for which will be provided. If you pass both of these stages, you may then be granted a bursary.


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