International Work Experience Grant
We offer a number of grants designed to support students in accessing international work experience opportunities. Details of the grants available for students undertaking international work experience in summer 2022 are available below.
How to apply
Follow the application process in the information below
Closing date is Sunday 10 April at midnight.
International Work Experience Grant (IWEG) 2022
What is IWEG?
The International Work Experience Grant 2022 offers funding to University of Nottingham undergraduate students to support overseas work experience, taking place either in-person OR virtually (remote) during the summer of 2022.
The International Work Experience Grant has been providing funding to support students to take up overseas internships since 2016, and during the global pandemic in 2021 we continued to offer financial support for virtual (remote) placements which had an international focus.
We understand that international placements provide valuable experience and skills development for our students, and we are pleased to see travel opportunities opening up again to allow for this. However, we expect summer 2022 may still be a difficult year for overseas travel and for this reason, in 2022 we will be offering two types of IWEG, one for in-person placements and the second for remote opportunities.
IWEG is designed to enable students to undertake work experience opportunities that they might not otherwise be able to afford, examples of work experience opportunities include:
paid internship with a private sector business
a volunteering opportunity
an unpaid internship with a registered charity, voluntary organisation, associated fundraising body or statutory body
This grant is only available to assist with opportunities that do not form part of your course requirements. Find out more about the eligibility criteria below.
Please note: If you are a student from the Faculty of Social Sciences, in receipt of the University of Nottingham Core Bursary and wish to do a virtual international placement, you may be able eligible for the faculty’s Global Placement Grant, please contact us to discuss before applying.
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How does it work?
Applications will be open from Monday 21 February until Sunday 10 April 2022. You can apply before you have a confirmed place, although on your application we will need you be able to provide some information about the placement you are applying for.
We will let you know within four weeks of the closing date if we are able to offer you a conditional grant, and you can then go about making your placement arrangements in the knowledge you have a grant offer subject to you meeting all IWEG 2022 requirements. Grants will be paid out during June 2022, by which time you must be able to provide us with confirmation of your placement prior to payment being released.
You will be expected to find your own placement with a provider of good standing. Do make sure you fully research potential placement providers to ensure they are offering what you want and that they appear to be reputable. To begin your search, you might want to visit GoOverseas.com where you can find lots of opportunities and read reviews from past interns, or GoAbroad.com is also a great place to search. If you wish to discuss your ideas and options for finding an overseas placement, you can book an appointment with one of the Careers team.
Application to the grant is a competitive process and your application will be rated based on the information you provide and the quality of your answers to the supporting questions.
Students in receipt of the University of Nottingham Core Bursary will be given priority access to the International Work Experience Grant.
The University of Nottingham is committed to supporting students from backgrounds which are underrepresented in higher education to access opportunities. We may therefore use information the university holds about students to assess applications and decide how the grant is awarded.
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 based on the UK campus for the entirety of your degree, or a 2+2 student from The University of Nottingham China or Malaysia Campus
Your placement must be through an organisation of good standing
The following are not eligible to apply for the grant.
The work experience opportunity must:
take place during summer vacation
take place outside of the United Kingdom (if the placement is remote, then the project you are working on must be based outside of the UK)
The placement must comply with the university’s policy on paid and unpaid placements and internships
How do I apply?
IWEG funding can be used to support expenses such as placement provider fees, travel and living costs for students travelling abroad.
The maximum grant we will offer for in-person placements is £750
Apply by Sunday 10 April at midnight.
IWEG must be used to support or cover the costs of the fee charged by the placement provider
The maximum grant we will offer for virtual placements is £350
Apply by Sunday 10 April at midnight.
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Important conditions to be aware of for IWEG 2022
The university reserves the right to cancel the IWEG programme, at any time, due to any future changes or new guidance linked to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic
Deposits and other fees to placement providers are paid at your own risk. The university is not responsible for any monies lost due to cancellation by you, the placement provider, or by implementation of travel restrictions.
IWEG can only fund opportunities to take place Summer 2022 (and to be completed by the end of August 2022) – if an opportunity is cancelled, you choose not to undertake it for any reason, or if the opportunity is deferred to a later date the university cannot offer funding for this experience
IWEG payments will be made during June 2022 and not before this time
If you are awarded a grant and your placement does not go ahead, as per the terms and conditions of IWEG the funds will become repayable to the university. You must adhere to this condition, even if you are no longer a student at this point.
You are taking up an overseas placement at your own discretion and at your own risk.
Additional advice for volunteering with children:
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued official advice to warn prospective volunteers and visitors about the unintended consequences of orphanage tourism and volunteering. If you are considering a placement with an overseas institution for children, please read this advice.
We reserve the right to decline applications to the International Work Experience Grant for any type of activity which supports volunteering or visits to orphanages or other types of residential institution for children.
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