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Higher education (HE) funding can give your students the life-changing opportunity to study and work abroad. Find out more about the different types of activities you can apply for, who is eligible to take part and how to start your HE application. 

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.

Applications for HE funding under the Turing Scheme are now closed.

  • The projects we fund
  • Before you apply
  • Application support
  • Grant rates

To take part in Turing Scheme higher education (HE) projects, you will need to meet certain criteria. In this section, you will find information on which organisations and participants can take part, the length of the projects and the types of activities.

Your organisation

Your organisation must be an officially recognised higher education provider registered in the UK or a British Overseas Territory.

Activities

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 2021 to August 2022.

Study or traineeship  placements can last four weeks to 12 months.

Hosting organisations

You can send your participants to:

  1. a non-UK HE provider
  2. 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

There are a number of steps to take before you apply. This section outlines those steps, such as reviewing your eligibility and project planning.

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.

4. Use the application resources

Ensure you make full use of the application resources provided, including programme guidance, webinars and the email helpline. 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.

Applications for HE funding under the Turing Scheme are now closed.

In this section you will find application resources for reference purposes. You can:

The deadline for HE applications was Wednesday 21 April 2021, 4.00pm.

Go to the application portal to view your application.

Please note users will be disconnected from the application portal if idle for more than 30 minutes.

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+.

An initial outline of what will be available has been provided below. Further guidance regarding eligibility for specific elements of funding and a comprehensive list of destination country/territory groupings for cost of living will be published shortly.

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.

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 destination country/territory. Destination countries/territories will be grouped into three categories: Group 1 (high cost of living), Group 2 (medium cost of living), Group 3 (lower cost of living). The rates that will be provided have been outlined below.

Students on a higher education placement will receive:

1. For placements lasting between four and eight weeks:

  • To Group 1 destinations: £136.25 per week
  • To Group 2 and 3 destinations: £120 per week

2. For placements lasting over eight weeks:

  • To Group 1 destinations: £380 per month
  • To Group 2 and 3 destinations: £335 per month

To find details of which countries/territories are listed in each group, visit our cost of living groups page.

These grants, and those listed below for those from disadvantaged backgrounds and participants eligible for SEND supportwill be in addition to any that student finance participants may already qualify for or are in receipt of. 

Additional support for those from disadvantaged backgrounds

Participants from disadvantaged backgrounds on a higher education placement will receive a higher cost of living grant.

The cost of living grant funding provided to students from disadvantaged backgrounds will be:

For placements lasting between four and eight weeks:

  • To Group 1 destinations: £163.75 per week
  • To Group 2 and 3 destinations: £147.50 per week

For placements lasting over eight weeks:

  • To Group 1 destinations: £490 per month
  • To Group 2 and 3 destinations: £445 per month

An amount of funding will be provided to go towards the direct costs of travel for HE participants from a disadvantaged background. This will be dependent on distance between the home and destination organisation 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 1,999km: £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

The scheme will provide financial assistance towards expensive travel by exception. If the original amount provided does not cover at least 70% of the actual costs, up to 80% of the actual costs will instead be covered.

Participants will also receive actual costs for additional travel expenses, including costs of visas, passports, and health insurance. We see this as crucial as 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.

For those HE students who do not meet the criteria for additional support, you may get a grant to cover some of your travel expenses. Find out more depending on whether you normally live in: 

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, and funding can be used for both learners and accompanying staff. Pre-visits are not available for any other purpose.

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