The Turing Scheme is the UK government's global programme to study and work abroad.

Applications for the 2022-23 academic year are now live. Please ensure you have read the information on this webpage before applying.

The Turing Scheme provides funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world.

This scheme is generously funded by the Department for Education and supports students to take up opportunities to gain international experience that will be both personally and academically beneficial.

The Turing Fund also recognises that students from less advantaged backgrounds are less likely to spend a period of their degree overseas than students from more advantaged backgrounds.

A logo that reads 'Turing Scheme: Funded by the UK's global programme to study and work abroad'.

Widening access to these opportunities is a key priority of the scheme and enhanced funding is offered to students from lower income backgrounds or those who meet the relevant eligibility criteria.

You can find out more about widening access and eligibility for enhanced funding below.

Please note, funding is currently only available for the 2022-23 academic year.

Please check this page again at the end of this academic year for updates about possible future funding.

How to apply

For the 2022-23 academic year, Imperial has been awarded funding to support students to take up international opportunities across several activities, listed below. Home (UK), EU and international students are all eligible to apply.

Before applying, you will need to consider the individual eligibility criteria, application processes and deadlines for each activity.

How to apply

Eligibility criteria

You are eligible to apply for the standard grant rate if you are a Home (UK), EU or international student, and studying an undergraduate, postgraduate taught or postgraduate research degree at Imperial.

If your application is successful, the standard grant rate you receive will be calculated by the length of stay, location of the activity and cost of living at the destination.

Grants are subject to availability.

Enhanced funding criteria

Enhanced funding offers a top-up to the standard grant rate, plus a travel grant. The travel grant will be calculated based on distance of travel from home institution to host institution.

You are eligible for enhanced funding if you belong to one or more of the following groups:

  • students with low household income or low socio-economic status (including those with an annual household income of £25,000 or less)
  • home students currently in receipt of the Imperial Bursary (UG only)
  • home students of Black heritage, including:
    • Black - African
    • Black - Caribbean
    • Black - Other
    • Mixed - White and Black African
    • Mixed - White and Black Caribbean
    • Other mixed background - including Black African, Black Caribbean or Other Black background
  • students receiving Universal Credit or income-related benefits because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them, such as a child or partner
  • students who are care experienced
  • students who have caring responsibilities
  • estranged students (where neither of the students’ parents can be found or it is not reasonably practicable to get in touch with either of them)
  • refugees and asylum seekers
  • students with disabilities (please note: Turing uses the term 'Students with Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND)', but Imperial recognises alternative terminology, in line with the Office for Students).

More information is available in the application form, where we will also ask for your consent to confirm your eligibility for the enhanced funding through relevant teams within the College.

Rates of funding

If your application is successful, you will be offered a grant at the standard rate to support your living costs (this calculation is based on the duration of activity, destination of activity and cost of living at the destination).

If you meet the criteria for enhanced funding, you will be offered an uplift to the standard grant rate (including a contribution to travel and other related costs).

Grant amounts are set by the Turing Scheme. Total duration of activity, destination of activity and cost of living at the destination determine the funding amount for each student. Turing offers a weekly rate for the first eight weeks, and a monthly rate beyond eight weeks.

Turing also recognises three groupings for location and cost of living, displayed below. For a list of countries in each group, please visit the Turing website.

More information on grant amounts is provided in the list of activities below. 

Please contact the Student Financial Support Team if you need this information in a different format.

Standard grant rate

Weekly grant rate (4-8 weeks): 

  • Group 1: £136.25
  • Group 2: £120
  • Group 3: £120

Monthly grant rate (9+ weeks):

  • Group 1: £380
  • Group 2: £335
  • Group 3: £335

Enhanced funding

Weekly grant rate (4-8 weeks): 

  • Group 1: £163.50
  • Group 2: £147.50
  • Group 3: £147.50

Monthly grant rate (9+ weeks):

  • Group 1: £490
  • Group 2: £445
  • Group 3: £445

Travel cost contribution

These are fixed amounts based on the distance between the university and the destination provider as 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

Please note, you are not able to apply for the Turing travel grant and the Study Abroad travel grant.

Exceptional costs

This will be based on the visa and insurance costs for the location of your international activity.

Dates and duration

The duration of your placement must be between one month and 12 months (depending on the activity) and must take place between 1 September 2022 and 31 August 2023.

Please note, your placement may start or end outside this period, but you will only receive funding for the part of your placement that falls between those dates.

For certain activities the dates and duration of funded opportunities are fixed. These are detailed in the list of activities below.

Destinations

The 2022-23 Turing Scheme agreement with Imperial currently provides support for activities taking place in a range of countries across the world.

Each of the funded activities (listed below) have specific locations and partner institutions that Imperial is collaborating with for international opportunities.

For some activities, locations and host institutions are pre-arranged and cannot be changed. For other activities there may be an opportunity to apply to alternative institutions in countries not listed. This will be stated with the activity-specific information below and on the application form.

Funded activities

Find out more about the activities you can get funding for through the Turing Scheme.

If you have questions about specific activities, please contact the Student Financial Support (SFS) Team.

Actvities

Undergraduate Year Abroad

If you are an undergraduate student undertaking study abroad (either a year abroad or shorter period if approved by their department) as part of your undergraduate course in the 2022-23 academic year, you can be considered for financial support from the Turing scheme.

Financial support from the Turing scheme is a contribution to the additional costs associated with undertaking a placement.

The duration of your placement can be up to a maximum of 12 months and must take place between 1 September 2022 and 31 August 2023. Please note, your placement may start or end outside this period, but you will only receive funding for the part of your placement that falls within those dates.

Eligibility

If you are undertaking a year abroad starting from September 2022 until July 2023, you will be notified of your eligibility for this scheme. If you have not been contacted by the end of January 2023 but believe you are eligible for this funding, please contact the Student Financial Support Team.

Destinations

The destinations for 2022-23 are already confirmed and students are already undertaking their year abroad. Payments can be claimed retrospectively.

Funding amounts available

If you are successful, Student Financial Support will provide a breakdown of the exact grant you will receive. All grants are expected to be a contribution to the overall costs of your international experience.

Please note, you will receive 80% of your total grant amount once you have completed the required paperwork. The remaining 20% of your grant will be delivered towards the end of your placement (the date for final payment will be based on your activity end dates, which we will ask you to confirm in spring 2023). 

More information about end-of-placement paperwork will be shared with you shortly.

How to apply

We will be in touch with you to confirm your eligibility and discuss next steps in awarding the grant.

Key deadlines

All awards will be applied retrospectively (starting from September 2022).

The deadline for applications is 11:59pm, Sunday 9th October.

Undergraduate Industrial/Research Placements

If you are undertaking a year in industry, UG final year project, or UG industrial placement abroad as part of your undergraduate course in the 2022-23 academic year, you can be considered for financial support from the Turing scheme towards the additional costs associated with undertaking a placement.

The duration of your placement must be at least four weeks and can be up to a maximum of 12 months (which may also include a year in industry or research) and must take place between 1 September 2022 and 31 August 2023. 

Please note, placements may start or end outside this period however successful applicants will only receive funding for the period engaged on their placement within those dates.

Eligibility

In addition to the general eligibility criteria listed above, your international placement must either be an element of your undergraduate degree programme or be assigned extra ECTS credit. Your placement must also already be confirmed by your host and be approved by your Imperial academic department.

Funding amounts available

All applicants will be considered for the standard grant rate. Additional enhanced support is available if you meet the criteria listed in the ‘Enhanced Funding’ section.

All grants are intended as a contribution to overall costs of your international experience.

Please note, you will receive 80% of your total grant amount once you have completed the required paperwork. The remaining 20% of your grant will be delivered towards the end of your placement (the date for final payment will be based on your activity end dates which we will ask you to confirm in spring 2023).

More information about end-of-placement paperwork will be shared with you shortly.

How to apply

Please complete the application form linked at the top of this page.

Key deadlines

Applications are open. Grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis and until the funding is exhausted. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible after their placement has been confirmed with their department.

If you are unsure if you can apply, please contact the Student Financial Support Team

Deadlines for end-of-placement paperwork will be confirmed with successful applicants.

Postgraduate Taught – International Placements

Postgraduate Taught (PGT) students undertaking an industrial or research placement abroad as part of their Master's degree in the 2022-23 academic year can be considered for financial support from the Turing scheme towards the additional costs associated with undertaking a placement.

The duration of your placement must be at least four weeks and can be up to a maximum of six months, and must take place between 1 September 2022 and 31 August 2023. Please note, placements may start or end outside this period however successful applicants will only receive funding for the period engaged on their placement within those dates.

Eligibility

In addition to the general eligibility criteria listed above, your international placement must be an element of your Master's degree programme. Your placement must also already be confirmed by your host and be approved by your Imperial academic department.

Funding amounts available

All applicants will be considered for the standard grant rate. Additional enhanced support is available for students who meet the criteria (as listed in the ‘Enhanced Funding’ section).

If you are successful, Student Financial Support will provide a breakdown of the exact grant you will receive. All grants are expected to be a contribution to the overall cost of your international experience.

Please note, you will receive 80% of your total grant amount once you have completed the required paperwork. The remaining 20% of your grant will be delivered towards the end of your placement (the date for final payment will be based on your activity end dates, which we will ask you to confirm in spring 2023). 

More information about end-of-placement paperwork will be shared with you shortly.

How to apply

Please complete the application form linked at the top of this webpage.

Key deadlines

All applicants who apply before 28 February 2023 will be notified by 4 April if they have been successful.

Applications can still be submitted after 28 February but will be subject to funding availability. If you are unsure if you can still apply after this date, please contact the Student Financial Support Team.

Deadlines for end-of-placement paperwork will be confirmed with successful applicants.

Postgraduate Research – Global Fellows Placements

If you are a postgraduate research (PGR) student undertaking a placement at one of the College's approved international partner institutions as part of your PhD degree in the 2022-23 academic year, you can be considered for financial support from the Turing scheme.

The duration of your placement must be at least four weeks and can be up to a maximum of three months, and must take place between 1 September 2022 and 31 August 2023. Please note, placements may start or end outside this period however successful applicants will only receive funding for the period engaged on their placement within those dates.

Eligibility

In addition to the general eligibility criteria listed above, you must also be at least six months into your PhD at the time the placement takes place (for both part-time and full-time students). You must remain enrolled at the College for the duration of the placement.

Funding amounts available

All applicants will be considered for the standard grant rate. Additional enhanced support is available if you meet the criteria (as listed in the ‘Enhanced Funding’ section).

If you are successful, Student Financial Support will provide a breakdown of the exact grant you will receive. 

How to apply

Please complete the application form linked at the top of this webpage.

You can apply if your placement details haven't been completely finalised by the partner institution, however it is expected that you should already be in contact with a supervisor within the host partner institution who has indicated or agreed to work with you.

Key deadlines

The deadline for the first application round is: Monday 24th October 2022

The deadline for the second application round is: Monday 16th January 2023

Application will be reviewed after each closing date and outcomes will be shared as soon as possible after this.

Once both rounds have concluded the application form will remain open until the funding is exhausted - review panel dates will be confirmed as needed. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact the Student Financial Support Team.

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine Placements (Medical Electives)

If you are a final year medical student undertaking your medical elective as an international placement in the 2022-23 academic year, and also meet one of the 'enhanced funding' criteria detailed above, you can be considered for financial support from the Turing scheme.

If you don't meet any of these criteria unfortunately you are not eligible for financial support from Turing. However, we recommend you contact your academic department to see if there are any alternative funding opportunities.

How to apply

Please complete the application form at the top of this webpage.

Key deadlines

If you apply before 31 January 2023, you will be notified if you have been successful by 28 February 2023.

Applications can still be submitted after 31 January but will be subject to funding availability. If you are unsure if you can still apply after this date, please contact the Student Financial Support Team.

 Deadlines for end-of-placement paperwork will be confirmed with you if you are successful.

International Research Opportunities Programme (IROP)

Please check back here in March 2023 for more information on funding opportunities for IROP from the Turing Scheme.

Find out more about IROP.