Applying for your work experience or funding

Get funding for your work experience

If you have secured (or are in the process of securing) work experience, but are concerned about finances, the Gateway To Work Experience Bursary could help you cover expenses to undertake your perfect opportunity.

Important information before applying for Careers Network funding

  • If you have been awarded a work experience 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.
  • The bursaries can primarily cover costs associated with travel (including vaccinations and visas), accommodation and living. For physical opportunities where students must pay to undertake the experience, the bursaries cannot be used to cover registration/administrative fees. However, students may be able to apply for a bursary if part of the fee is used toward tangible aspects of the experience (such as covering accommodation and travel expense). Applicants may be asked to provide a breakdown of these costs from their employer and identify this within their application.

Students who have received a bursary reported they had developed valuable career-specific skills they could not have developed elsewhere as a result of their work experience. Even those who were unsuccessful in receiving a bursary, reported feeling better equipped to deal with other work experience applications, interviews and presentations.

Enhanced transcripts

The University of Birmingham introduced an enhanced transcript system. In addition to academic achievement, the enhanced transcript will provide information about verifiable extracurricular activities such work experience bursaries.

Verification of this activity will be made available to the University’s central records system and it will automatically appear on the transcript. If you would like to opt-out please email the team at 


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