The Professional Project Fund will proceed as planned for summer 2020, and applications have now closed.  

Professional Project Fund (formerly Charity Insights) is a Careers Service initiative for continuing Imperial undergraduate and PhD students. It offers you the opportunity to develop your own graduate level project that is tailored to your interests and skills.

The projects must be full time for four week (or part time equivalent) and can be taken at any point during the summer vacation period. Your project should identify an organisation, in the third sector, that could benefit from your skills and knowledge.

Once agreed with the organisation, you can then apply to Imperial College Careers Service for a £1200 bursary to support you undertaking your project.

Professional Project Tabs

How do I apply?

Applications for summer 2020 have now closed

Step one: Watch the Professional Project Fund introduction panopto (please turn on your audio and then press play). Please note the application deadline has been extended since this recording. This 25 minute introduction session will provide you with a detailed overview of the scheme and useful tips for identifying the right organisation and scoping your project. 

Step two: Identify and/or develop a graduate level project within a suitable organisation in the third sector. You should speculatively approach organisation to understand their business needs and define a project that would be mutually beneficial. Use our resources on volunteering to find relevant charities.

Step three: Once a project has been agreed, ask the organisation to read and complete our (PPF) Organisation Guide and Form 2020

Step four: Applications for summer 2020 have now closed.


  • You must be a current Imperial College undergraduate or PhD student who will be continuing with their studies at Imperial in the next academic year
  • The organisation you complete the project with should be in the Third Sector.
  • You should have a distinct 'graduate level' project to complete in the four weeks
  • The Careers Service must be provided with a contact name within the organisation

Defining your project

Students have undertaken Professional Project Fund (formerly Charity Insights) projects in a wide range of organisations, so there is not a fixed definition of what your graduate level project should look like to be successful.

However, the Professional Project Fund isn’t intended to be used for general volunteering as a fundraiser or helping around the office. Projects should be at a level that present you a challenge in applying your skills and offers an opportunity to develop these further. A strong application will demonstrate how you will utilise your skills or knowledge gained in your degree or develop new skills that relate to your career sector of interest.

The project should also be your focus for the duration of the four weeks and have clear aims and objects about what you are setting out to achieve.

For more detail on previous projects that were successfully awarded funding, please read the case studies below.

General FAQs

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