Higher education funding
Higher education (HE) funding can give your students the life-changing opportunity to study and work abroad. For your institution, it is an opportunity to develop your partnerships and international links. For a participant, it is an opportunity to gain international experience that will benefit them personally and academically and improve their CVs.
Applications are open to organisations only, and participants cannot apply directly through the application portal. More information is available on the Information for participants page.
The application form is now available. Click here to apply now.
To take part in Turing Scheme higher education (HE) projects, you will need to meet certain criteria. Your organisation must be an officially recognised higher education provider registered in the UK or a British Overseas Territory.
Students registered in a UK or a British Overseas Territory HE provider and enrolled in studies leading to a recognised degree or another recognised tertiary level qualification can take part in the scheme. Students do not need to be UK nationals to be eligible for the scheme. They can be studying full time, part time or have recently graduated. Current students can take part in a study or traineeship placement and those who have graduated within the last 12 months can carry out a traineeship abroad.
Funding will be available through the Turing Scheme for placements during the period from September 2022 to August 2023.
Study or traineeship placements can last four weeks to 12 months.
You can send your participants to:
- a non-UK HE provider
- any non-UK public or private organisation active in the labour market or in the fields of education and training. For example, such organisation can be:
- a public or private, a small, medium, or large enterprise (including social enterprises)
- a public body at local, regional, or national level
- a social partner or other representative of working life, including chambers of commerce, craft/professional associations, and trade unions
- a research institute
- a foundation
- a school/institute/educational centre (at any level, from primary school to upper secondary education, and including vocational education and adult education)
- a non-profit organisation, association, non-governmental organisation (NGO)
- a body providing career guidance, professional counselling and information services
1. Check the eligibility criteria and funding rules
To apply for HE projects, your organisation must be an officially recognised HE provider registered in the UK or a British Overseas Territory. Make sure you fully understand the rules around project duration, budget and eligible participants.
Read the programme guide in detail to ensure you understand all the funding rules and eligibility criteria for your chosen activity. Make sure you fully understand the rules around project duration, budget and eligible participants.
2. Plan your project
Prepare a project proposal for your organisation based on the funding criteria. You should consider the aims, objectives and impact of your project. For more details on the objectives that Turing Scheme projects must focus on, visit the About the scheme page.
3. Check the deadline
Carefully check the application deadline. We recommend submitting your application early to avoid any last-minute technical issues that may affect your application. The application deadline for the 2022-2023 Turing scheme is 4:00pm on 29 April 2022.
4. Use the application resources
Ensure you make full use of the application resources provided, including programme guidance, application guidance, webinars and the service centre. You can find details of the help available in the next tab.
Once you have applied, we will work with you to perform financial due diligence checks. We are working hard to ensure the administrative burden of the Turing Scheme is kept as low as possible, and will work with you throughout the process.
Download the programme guide (2 MB) for full details of the Turing Scheme
Download the application guide, this resource offers guidance on how to plan and prepare an application.
You can also contact our Service Centre by emailing Turingfirstname.lastname@example.org
Under the Turing Scheme, UK organisations with successful applications will receive funding towards delivering placements and exchanges. This will include providing participants with grants to help cover travel expenses and costs of living, and administrative funding for delivering the projects. The rates provided will be broadly in line with what has been on offer under Erasmus+.
Organisational support will be made available and covers the costs directly linked to the administration and implementation of a placement. Under each project, £315 will be provided per participant for the first 100 participants. From the 101st participant onwards, £180 will be provided per participant.
An amount of funding will be provided to go towards the direct costs of travel for placements from disadvantaged backgrounds. This will be dependent on distance between the sending and destination provider and will support the cost of the round trip. All amounts available have been outlined below:
- 10 to 99km: £20
- 100 to 499km: £165
- 500 to 1999km: £250
- 2,000 to 2,999km: £325
- 3,000 to 3,999km: £480
- 4,000 to 7,999km: £745
- 8,000 to 12,000km: £905
- 12,000km+: £1,360
In exceptional circumstances, the scheme will also provide a financial contribution towards the costs of expensive travel for disadvantaged participants. If the selected travel rate does not cover at least 70% of the actual costs of travelling between the sending organisation location and receiving organisation location, up to 80% of the those actual costs will instead be covered.
Cost of Living
An amount of funding will be provided to go towards the general cost of living for each participant. This will vary depending on sector and/or destination country/territory.
Destination countries/territories are grouped into three categories: Group 1 (high cost of living), Group 2 (medium cost of living), Group 3 (lower cost of living). Check the full list of destination countries/ territories within each group.
Higher Education student placements with a total duration of four to eight weeks will receive:
• £545 per month (equal to £136.25 per week for Group 1 destinations)
• £480 per month (equal to £120 per week for Group 2 and 3 destinations).
HE student placements with a total duration of nine weeks to twelve months will receive:
• £380 per month (for Group 1 destinations)
• £335 per month (for Group 2 and 3 destinations)
Please note that placements lasting nine weeks to twelve months will receive the rates identified for this category for the full duration of the mobility and not the higher rates for the initial period of eight weeks. The minimum duration of 4 weeks for Higher Education placements is equal to 28 working days.
Additional support for those from disadvantaged backgrounds
Higher Education participants from defined disadvantaged backgrounds will receive actual costs for additional travel expenses, including costs of visas, passports, and health insurance. We see this as crucial because travel related expenses can often be a deterrent to potential participants. To find out more about what we define as disadvantaged groups, visit the Widening access page.
Additional support for those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
For participants with SEND, the scheme will fund up to 100% of actual costs for support directly related to their additional needs. This is in line with what was provided under the 2014-2020 Erasmus+ programme. Unlike Erasmus+, however, this funding will also cover preparatory visits by the sending organisation to carry out risk assessments and ensure participants will be able to equally access and take part in all elements of a placement. Pre-visits can be for a maximum duration of three days. Pre-visits are not available for any other purpose.
Additional support for those from disadvantaged backgrounds
Participants on an HE placement meeting the disadvantaged background criteria outlined in Annex A of the Programme Guide will receive an additional £110 per month to their cost-of-living grant.
As such, the total cost of living grant funding provided to students from disadvantaged backgrounds will be as follows:
For placements with a total duration of four to eight weeks:
- £654 per month (equal to £163.50 per week to Group 1 countries or territories)
- £590 per month (equal to £147.50 per week to Group 2 and 3 countries or territories).
For placements with a total duration of nine weeks to twelve months:
- £490 per month (equal to £122.50 per week to Group 1 countries or territories)
- £445 per month (equal to £111.25 per week to Group 2 and 3 countries or territories).
Please note that placements lasting nine weeks to twelve months will receive the rates identified for this category for the full duration of the mobility and not the higher rates for the initial period of eight weeks.
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For HE students who do not meet the above criteria for additional support, there may be other grants available to cover some travel expenses, relevant to the student finance system relevant to the participant:
- England – Studying abroad: travel grants for students (England) – www.gov.uk/travel-grants-students-england
- Scotland – Guide to undergraduate funding – SAAS – https://www.saas.gov.uk/guides/guide-to-undergraduate-funding
- Wales – Student Finance Wales – www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/undergraduatestudents/new-students/whatfinancial-support-isavailable/travel-grant.asp
- Northern Ireland – Spending part of your degree course abroad – https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/spending-part-your-degree-course-abroad
- British Overseas Territories participants should check with their government’s education department for the details of support available to them.
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