Turing Summer Scholars scheme

Choose your own adventure!

Edinburgh Napier University is delighted to announce an unprecedented opportunity for students to undertake a self-directed international activity during Summer 2022, with funding support from the UK Government’s Turing Scheme.

The Turing Scheme is the UK government’s new scheme which sets out to provide students with funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world.

If you are a current Undergraduate or Postgraduate student (taught or research) or if you are graduating this year and would like to take part in a non-credit bearing international experience over the Summer of 2022, then this funding may be for you!

Requirements and eligibility:

  • Turing Summer Scholar activity must have a clear purpose/structure and fall under one of the following broad categories: Internships, Study, Summer School, Dissertation research, PG research or such like
  • Proof of acceptance and validity at the receiving institution/employer/Supervisor must be submitted with confirmation of start and end dates included
  • The Turing Summer Scholar scheme can provide funding for activities of a minimum of 2 weeks (14 calendar days) up to a maximum of 8 weeks
  • The activity must commence no earlier than 13 May 2022 and must be completed by 31st August 2022 at the latest
  • Any destination in the world (out with the UK)
  • Students at all levels (UG/PGT/PGR) are welcome to apply
  • Open to current students and those who are due to graduate at the end of the 2021/22 academic year. Students must still be matriculated at Edinburgh Napier at the point of application
  • Activities must be delivered physically – virtual/online activities do not qualify
  • Activities undertaken in student’s main country of residence do not qualify

All activities are subject to a satisfactory travel risk assessment.

Possible activities might include:

  • Participating in a Summer School at a European or overseas university
  • Undertaking an internship that will contribute to future employability prospects
  • Structured research visit for dissertations and theses
  • Taking an in-country language course

Applications must evidence that the intended activity has a clear alignment to, and enhancement of academic and/or graduate employability objectives.

Turing Grant rates:

It is important to note that the Turing Summer Scholars funding is only a contribution to costs. Applicants need to ensure they have considered the full cost of their activity carefully and must be able to self-fund any costs above and beyond the Turing grant rates.

The current award levels of the Turing Summer Scholars scheme are as follows:

  • Base rate for placements lasting between two and eight weeks:

To Group 1 destinations: £136.25 per week.
To Group 2 and 3 destinations: £120 per week.

To Group 1 destinations: £163.75 per week
To Group 2 and 3 destinations: £147.50 per week

  • Additional travel grants for Widening Access participants (based on distance as the crow flies per Google maps) :

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

Applications are open now! Please apply through Find-A-Fund.
Deadline: 31st May 2022 (may be extended subject to funding availability)

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis.

We aim to provide funding for as many eligible activities as possible, however in the event that applications exceed available funding, the following applicants will be prioritised:

  • Students from disadvantaged backgrounds (per Edinburgh Napier University Widening participation categories)
  • Students who had approved international mobilities cancelled due to COVID.

Short-term Exchange Opportunities

Short-term exchange opportunities are a great option if you want to pick up a new language or explore a new topic over the summer without putting a big dent in your bank balance. Or if you really want to study abroad but can't leave Edinburgh during term-time.

Summer schools offer a great mix of study and social events, enabling you to learn something new as well as experience a different culture. The best part is that you can do all of this whilst spending your time with other students from all over the world.

As well as being a great opportunity and a fun way to spend your summer, having a summer school experience looks great on your CV. It will help you to expand your network, grow your international friendship group and may even help with your degree.

If you think that a summer school may be a good option for you, feel free to get in touch with your programme leader to discuss any possible academic credit you may be able to get. You can also contact the Global Mobility Team who will be able to offer support and guidance with your application if you need it.

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Where can I go?

You can find your own international training opportunity in any subject area that interests you. The Global Mobility Team had put together a list with some international courses and summer schools offered by our partners and other institutions and organisations you can also register for below.

You can find opportunities to study, work or volunteer abroad for the summer on the British Council website.