Gateway bursary scheme

The Gateway bursary provides financial support to undergraduate students at the University of Birmingham undertaking unpaid or low-paid work experience relevant to their future career.

The bursary is available to students from certain priority groups. Details of the eligibility criteria can be found in the guidance below. The aim of the bursary is to assist students in improving their personal and professional development by allowing them to take up critical experiences they may otherwise not be able to afford. Awards are available for work experience placements throughout the academic year.

Important information regarding COVID-19

Please note that, due to restrictions in place as a result of COVID-19, the Work Experience and Gateway Bursaries cannot currently be used towards funding work experience outside of the UK. This is in accordance with guidance issued across the University of Birmingham. This webpage will be updated as and when the guidance develops or changes.

If you have any queries or concerns, please email the team at 

Information about the bursary

  • To apply for a bursary you must complete an application process. The application process consists of 2 parts; an online application form and an online video interview. To be considered for a bursary, both parts of the application process must be completed before the bursary deadline date.
  • The online video interview must be completed via Shortlist.Me; direct links to the interview can be found in the application form and guidance document.
  • If you have been awarded a bursary previously, you can apply again, however, you must strongly demonstrate how this experience is different, and builds upon the previous opportunity for which you received an award.
  • Students can only apply for one bursary scheme, not both.

Information session and drop-ins 

The Work Experience Team are hosting information sessions and drop-ins about the Work Experience Bursaries. The information sessions will provide you with all the information you need about the bursaries, what they can be used toward, an insight into the application process and tips on how to submit an effective application. The drop-ins are your opportunity to get your bursary questions answered by a member of the Work Experience Team. The activities are scheduled at the below dates and times (click on the date to register):

Bursary information sessions

Bursary drop-ins

How to apply

To apply you must complete both the online application form and the virtual video interview by Wednesday 28 April 2021. You can access the application form and video interview below:

Gateway Bursary guidance documents

The below guidance documents have been created to provide you with all the information you need to know about the Gateway Bursary. It is highly recommended to read each section of information in detail to ensure you complete your application to a suitable standard. If you have any questions or require further information, you can contact the Work Experience Team by emailing

Once the application deadline has passed, all applications received will be assessed by Careers Network staff. Students will be provided with an outcome to their applications shortly after the deadline date. 

Who can apply to the Gateway bursary scheme

The Gateway bursary has been created to support undergraduate students of all years, including international students, from certain priority groups; so only students who consider themselves part of one of the following categories may apply:

  • Registered as a Birmingham Scholar (either via initial student enrolment or personal tutor referral); this criteria also incorporates the immediate below eligibility categories:
      • In receipt of a P2B (Pathways to Birmingham) or A2B (Access to Birmingham) offer
      • A care leaver or care experienced
  • Registered as disabled / in receipt of Disability Student Allowance
  • First generation of the family into higher education
  • From a lower income background (i.e. in receipt of a grant or scholarship)
  • A lone parent (you are a single parent of one or more children)
  • From an ethnic minority background

Financial support available for the Gateway bursary

Students can apply for a bursary of up to £1,000 to undertake work experience in the UK, overseas or for research related experiences. The amount you apply for will depend on the individual circumstances of your proposed work experience. In the past bursaries have supported in covering expenses including:

  • Accommodation
  • Travel
  • Living costs
  • Utilities bills
  • Insurance
  • Childcare
  • Disability support services

Interview skills support

The application process consists of two parts; an online application form and an online video interview. To be considered for a bursary, both parts of the application process must be completed before the bursary deadline date. 

For support and guidance on interview skills, explore the interview resources on the Careers Network website. 

Previous Gateway bursary winners

See details of previous winners of our work experience funding schemes and their experiences.

Fundraising to support your Gateway bursary

Each year many students fundraise themselves to cover all or part of their costs, particularly for opportunities overseas. We are currently developing a resource to support students with fundraising themselves. 


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