Scholarships and Grants

Study

Erasmus+ (European) grant (Please note this could be subject to change please see - EU Referendum Statement)

If you are undertaking a study placement at one of The University of Manchester’s partner institutions within the EU (but outside of the UK) for a minimum of three months as part of your degree, you are currently eligible for an Erasmus+ grant, funded by the European Commission. All registered students at The University of Manchester are currently eligible to apply for this funding provided that their placement is full-time. This non-repayable grant is a contribution towards the increased costs of taking up a study placement overseas. In recent years the grant rate has not typically been less than €200 per month. 

If your household income is below £25,000.00 per year, you are currently also eligible for additional funding – like the main Erasmus+ funding, this is a non-repayable grant to help support you while you are studying abroad in a country which is part of the Erasmus+ programme.  As above, this can vary from year-to-year but in recent years it has not been less than an extra €100 per month.  You don’t need to apply specifically for this funding – the University of Manchester Erasmus+ team checks each year whether or not you are eligible to receive this funding.  If you are eligible, it will be automatically added to the grant payments we make to you.  The criterion for eligibility is your household income in the preceding academic year – if you have had a significant change of circumstances and your household income in the year of your placement is going to be £25,000.00 per year or less then please contact us to discuss this: erasmus@manchester.ac.uk

In addition to the Erasmus+ grant you may be eligible for up to £250 towards a language course for the language of your host country. The language course should take place before or during your Erasmus+ European placement. Students who study a language as part of their degree programme are not eligible for this funding. 

You may not be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant if you have previously received Erasmus funding for an overseas placement. 

All students undertaking an international placement will have an application in My Placement.  You will automatically receive information and paperwork about the Erasmus+ grant through the system prior to the commencement of your placement.  If you don't have a record within My Placement, you should contact erasmus@manchester.ac.uk or the Placement Coordinator within your School.

Worldwide funding

There are a number of scholarships available for students who are studying outside the EU as part of their degree. We have listed scholarships and their eligibility criteria below:

BUTEX Scholarship 

Each year BUTEX awards a number of scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year: Scholarship is £500.

International Programmes Bursary

UK Students who have their optional study placement coordinated by the International Programmes Office and have a household income of less that £25,000. Awarded by the University of Manchester. Students are automatically assessed for eligibility and allocated a scholarship so there is no need to apply.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Scholarship

Students who are selected to study at this institution will be considered for the scholarship. Awarded by University of Manchester on behalf of Alumni. Value - $250 approx. Students are automatically considered, so no need to apply. 

DUO-Singapore Exchange Fellowship Award

Students undertaking a study exchange in Singapore. Awarded by the Singaporean government. Value: €4,000. The partner institution provides information on application

JASSO

International Student Scholarship for short-term study in Japan - Scholarship for students undertaking a semester or year abroad at one of our Japanese partners. Value: Around £500 per month. The partner institution provides information on application

Monbukagakusho Scholarship

Available to UK undergraduates studying Japanese Studies in Japan for one year as part of their degree. Awarded by The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT). Value: Living expenses, university fees and return air fare.  NOTE: If you do not hold a UK passport please visit the Japanese Embassy website in your country for more information.

The Scholarships for Excellence

Available to UK undergraduates undertaking a period of study in Hong Kong as part of their degree at a UK institution. Awarded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Value: Up to £3,000 depending on length of exchange. 

HolidayLettings Study Abroad Scholarship

All students studying abroad for a semester or full year. Awarded by HolidayLettings. Value £500. 

 

Work

Erasmus+ (European) funding (Please note this could be subject to change please see - EU Referendum Statement)

If you are undertaking a work placement within the EU (but outside of the UK) for a minimum of two months as part of your degree you are currently eligible for an Erasmus+ Grant, funded by the European Commission. All registered students at The University of Manchester are currently eligible to apply for this funding provided that their placement is full-time. This non-repayable grant is a contribution towards the increased costs of taking up a work placement overseas. In recent years the grant rate has not typically been less than €200 per month.

In addition to the Erasmus+ Grant you may be eligible for up to £250 towards a language course for the language of your host country. The language course should take place before or during your Erasmus+ European placement. Students who study a language as part of their degree programme are not eligible for this funding. 

You may not be eligible for an Erasmus+ Grant if you have previously received Erasmus funding for an overseas placement.

All students undertaking an international placement will have an application in My Placement.  You will automatically receive information and paperwork about the Erasmus+ grant through the system prior to the commencement of your placement.  If you don't have a record within My Placement, you should contact erasmus@manchester.ac.uk or the Placement Coordinator within your School.

Work experience bursaries

We offer Work Experience Bursaries (£250 or £1,000) for undergraduate students who wish to take up a career related work experience. Further information can be found on the University website. 

Volunteering

Global Impact Award

The Alumni Association offers Global Impact Awards of £250 towards voluntary work you undertake overseas, which brings practical or social benefits to an international community. More information and case studies can be found on the University website.

Summer Opportunities

IPO Summer Schools

Many of the Summer Schools run through the International Programmes Office offer full or partial scholarships. Normally these scholarships will cover tuition fees, and in some cases accommodation and travel. Further information on the Summer Schools available can be found on My Placement

SSC Travel Awards

There are three University travel awards available for students undertaking a period of travel. The awards have a value of between £600-£1,500. Application details can be found on the University website.