Students Staff

Funding opportunities

There are a variety of funding opportunities available, aimed to support you while you're taking part in internships, work placements and short term studies, as well as volunteering projects abroad.

Funding administered by University of Essex

  • Travel grants

    We offer a range of travel grants designed to help if you're planning to travel to support your research or studies. Your travel must take place between 1 May and September 2018 and you must be a registered student on the date of travel to be eligible. One of each grant is available.

    • Blomfield Memorial travel grant - £1,000. Open to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students continuing their studies abroad. Awarded by the University Senate.
    • Sir Eric Berthoud travel grant - £175. Open to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students. Awarded by the University Senate.
    • Essex Rotary University travel grant - £300. Open to full-time undergraduate students. You'll need to present the most interesting proposal for spending time abroad.
    • National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs travel grant - approximately £75. Open to female, full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students.

    Applications for 2017/18 open! The deadline to apply is Wednesday 11 April 2018.
    Applications should be made online. For any questions contact

  • International Experience Bursary

    We recognise that cost can be a significant barrier for students seeking to access international internships, placements, volunteering or other educational experiences, e.g. conferences or summer schools.

    We will support students from low income households to access these experiences by providing a bursary of up to £1,000 to fund an international internship, placement or voluntary activity. The activity must be of 4-12 week duration over the summer vacation (28-56 Days). Your activity must commence and end in the summer period (Summer term).


    • Be a UK national with "Home Fee Status". Overseas and EU students aren't eligible.
    • Be participating in an overseas experience for a minimum of four weeks and a maximum of 12 weeks (28-56 days).
    • Registered on a full-time undergraduate degree at our University for the academic year 2017-18 (students completing their undergraduate degree in 2018 will not be eligible).
    • Passed all of your 1st year modules.
    • Have an annual household income of less than £42,611 (as assessed and verified by Student Finance England or other UK student funding provider).
    • Completed and submitted the application form by the deadline.
    • Given consent to the sharing of financial details supplied by Student Finance England or other UK funding provider.
    • Provide a letter of acceptance confirming your international activity.
    • The destination country does not have an FCO travel warning in place.
    • Applicants have completed the risk assessment for the placement (this document is part of the application process and will be supplied to you).
    • Submit a certificate of attendance, signed and stamped by the host institution/organisation after you've completed your time away.

    How to apply

    Applications for 2017/18 are open! The deadline to apply is Sunday 20 May 2018.
    Applications should be made online. For any questions contact

    Priority will be given to students who:

    • have not participated in a programme abroad during their degree (i.e students currently not on a year abroad degree)
    • are not recipients of a scholarship, bursary or grant from the programme provider or from a University Department to support the activity
    • are not expected to be fundraising in order to participate in an activity

  • Essex Crowdfunding

    Click is the Essex crowdfunding platform and is open to students to raise money towards their projects.

    About crowdfunding

    Crowdfunding is funding a project by raising lots of small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the internet. Donors pledge a donation to your project and in exchange they receive tangible, non-monetary 'rewards' such as an e-card, t-shirt, tickets to your show or a DVD.

    Why Click is great

    • Click is the leading crowdfunding platform in UK Higher Education with 95% success rate (compared to Kickstarter 40% and Indiegogo 43%.)
    • It's free! We cover all fees and costs for you so that you can get 100% of your pledges.
    • We give matchfunding - for every £1 raised we give you £1 (certain criteria apply).
    • You get all the support from us - from designing your page to creating your pitch video and making your marketing plan, we are here for you.
    • Crowdfunding is a module for the Big Essex Award

    Visit Click to create an account and get started. There's a range of support you can access at each stage of the process to help you develop your project, craft your campaign, build your crowd and turn your idea into a reality.

    How to get crowdfunding with Click

    Learn how to crowdfund using this video

    How to use Click

    For more information please see Click Guidelines (.pdf) and the Crowdfunding Handbook (.pdf).

    For students going on Umphafa, Wildlife Sense or SLV Global please see the special guidelines in the click agreement.

    Contact Click

    Email: for any questions.

    Twitter: @Uni_EssexClick

    Drop in sessions - every Thursday 3-4PM 5N.7.6 Come and ask anything!

Funding administered by other organisations

  • Schwarzkopf Foundation travel funding

    Schwarzkopf Stiftung travel scholarships are designed to give you the opportunity to travel to other European countries. Their intention is to allow journeys committed to studying a specific cultural or political aspect of European integration on the ground.

    How to apply

    There are two scholarships to support travel to other European countries. Funding isn't managed by Essex. You should apply via the Schwarzkopf Stiftung travel scholarships website.