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

If your internship is overseas, you must consult the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website ( and read the appropriate foreign travel advice and safety and security advice for your destination. In particular, you must consult the guidance in relation to COVID-19 and the location of your proposed work experience, as well as take into consideration the below points:

  • Consider risk factors such as your health, safety and wellbeing, the eventuality of having to self-isolate whilst on your trip or upon your return and the possibility of becoming ill whilst you are abroad.
  • Research the support available pertaining to your health, safety and wellbeing from your host organisation.
  • Download the GlobalRiskManager app for travel advice, security information and to receive alerts for any incidents occurring in your destination country or region. You need to have registered on the Risk Monitor Traveller website before logging into the app. Alerts can be configured by country, proximity, severity and/or category to ensure that you receive the alerts that you need. Please find more pre-travel information and how to download the app on our insurer's pre travel advice pages.
  • The University reserves the right not to fund any student it deems is travelling to an unsafe destination. In the event of safety and/or security concerns arising after the initial bursary offer has been made, the University reserves the right to revoke its offer of bursary funding which has not been spent or which can be recuperated via refunds or insurance claims.

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 about University of Birmingham's Turing Scheme

Work Experience and Gateway Bursary applicants may also be eligible to apply for funding via University of Birmingham’s Turing Scheme, which provides funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world. It can also be used toward international internships you have sourced yourself (including experiences organised by a third-party organisation). Prior to completing your Work Experience or Gateway Bursary application, we recommend reviewing the Turing Scheme information on the My Global Story Canvas course and if you are eligible to apply, submitting an application via the Turing Scheme online form. If you are successfully awarded via the Turing Scheme but still require funds to cover the remaining costs of your work experience, then you may be eligible to apply for the Work Experience or Gateway Bursary. When prompted in the application form, please ensure you accurately identify the amount of funding you have secured via the Turing Scheme. The deadline to apply for funding via this scheme is Sunday 20 March 2022. If you have any queries regarding the Turing Scheme please contact  

How to apply

To apply you must complete both the online application form and the virtual video interview by Thursday 28 April 2022. 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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