Financial Support

Financial Support

There are a number of bursaries offered by the University which can help you travel to interviews and enhance your employability.

Travel2Interview Bursary

Do you need financial help getting to interviews/assessment centres? Then why not apply for a Lancaster University Travel2Interview bursary? 

You could receive up to £400 per academic year to cover travel costs and accommodation costs to attend interviews or assessment centres for:

  • Graduate jobs
  • Internships
  • Further study

At the discretion of the Careers team, assistance is also available for travel costs and accommodation costs to attend:

  • Workplace visits undertaken as part of The Career Mentoring Programme
  • Insight Days
  • Open Days

This Travel2Interview bursary is available where travel/subsistence expenses are not provided by the recruiting organisation or the amount available does not cover your full costs. Please note that interviews for non-graduate jobs are not eligible for support and this bursary does not cover the costs of travelling to your internship on a daily basis. You can claim more than once, but the total claimed per academic year should not exceed £400 and there is a £100 limit for accommodation costs incurred on a single visit

  • Can I apply?

    The scheme is open to all current Lancaster University UK and EU undergraduate students who are part of the GROW Your Future programme, and the amount received is dependent on the following:

    • Lancaster Bursary holder: £400 maximum

    • Not a Lancaster Bursary holder, with a household income of less than £42,600: £300 maximum

    • Not a Lancaster Bursary holder, with a household income of more than £42,600 but less than £60,000: £200 maximum

    • Not a Lancaster Bursary holder, with a household income of more than £60,000: £100 maximum

    If you are in receipt of a Lancaster Bursary, you are eligible to join the GROW Your Future programme - find out more!

  • How do I apply?

    You can apply for a Travel2Interview once you have received an invitation to attend for interview or assessment. You will need to:

    • Complete an initial eligibility application form
    • Provide a copy of initial invitation to interview or assessment centre
    • Complete claim form with travel/accommodation receipts attached
    • Provide feedback on interview/assessment process

    Application to the Travel2Interview bursary is a 2-part process. The first step is to apply prior to attending your interview to check eligibility. The second step is to complete a claim form to be reimbursed after you have attended your interview.

    Apply now by completing the Travel2Interview eligibility application form.

    In cases where students are unable to afford the upfront costs associated with travelling to an interview, there may be ways to assist with this e.g. an emergency loan. Please email careersprojects@lancaster.ac.uk for further information.

  • Terms & Conditions

    Travel Bursary 2019/20 Terms & Conditions

    The scheme is open to all current Lancaster University UK undergraduate students who are in receipt of an income-related university bursary.

    1. Eligible students can claim travel and accommodation costs in order to attend a graduate job or post graduate study interview, student internship or placement interview and/or assessment centre.

    2. At the discretion of the Careers team, assistance is also available for travel costs and accommodation costs to attend workplace visits undertaken as part of The Career Mentoring Programme, Insight Days and Open Days.

    3. Bursaries will be awarded up to £400 per student, per academic year.

    4. There is a limit of £100 for claims for accommodation related to attendance at an interview or assessment centre.

    5. Students can claim more than once in an academic year, however the totality of their travel bursary will not exceed £400 per academic year.

    6. The bursary will pay for standard class rail fares. Flights are not usually covered unless these are cheaper than the rail fares – evidence of this will need to be provided.

    7. Applicants must provide evidence that travel expenses are not being reimbursed by the recruiting organisation. For example, an email or screen shot of a statement on the organisations website.

    8. Students should apply for their bursary prior to attendance at interview/assessment centre to check their eligibility. This will require completion of an application form and attachment of initial invite to interview/assessment.

    9. Students will claim their bursary retrospectively once they have attended the interview/assessment. This will require submission of a completed claim form, attachment of relevant travel receipts and completion of an online feedback survey on the interview/assessment process. In cases where students are unable to afford the upfront costs associated with travelling to an interview, there may be ways to assist with this e.g. an emergency loan. Please email careersprojects@lancaster.ac.uk for further information.

    10. All claims for a travel bursary will be made in the same academic year as the interview/assessment took place. Late claims cannot be forwarded to the next academic year.

    11. Where possible application forms will be processed within 2 weeks of submission providing confirmation of student eligibility as appropriate.

    12. The Bursary Scheme Fund will operate on a first come first served basis. Once the annual fund is exhausted no additional funds will be made available until the start of a new academic year.

    13. Interviews for non-graduate jobs are not eligible for support.

    14. The Bursary Scheme will operate until 31st July 2020.

    15. Final year students must submit their claim by 1st June 2020 as their payments must be processed before they graduate.

    16. Where possible payments will be made directly into claimants’ bank accounts within 3 weeks of claim forms being submitted with the necessary evidence of travel costs.

    17. Students who claim for financial support through the Travel2Interview Bursary are expected to complete a short report outlining the experience and providing insights into the recruitment process. Without this report claims
    may not be reimbursed.

Apply now by completing the Travel2Interview eligibility application form.

Work Experience Bursary

Applications for 2018/19 are now closed.

Please check back later for applications for 2019/20.

Are you looking for work experience in the UK or abroad, but finding it financially difficult to take up the opportunity you really want? Then you might benefit from a Work Experience Bursary!

The Careers Service has a limited bursary fund to help you with the costs of undertaking career related summer work experience.

We want to help you with the costs of undertaking career-related work experience.

This might be unpaid (e.g. voluntary work), a low paid role, or where there are additional costs associated with taking up the opportunity. Lancaster University Careers Service does not endorse unpaid internships – further information about unpaid work experience and your rights can be found on TARGETjobs.

Work experience can take place in the UK or overseas.

What costs can the Work Experience Bursary be used to help with?

This Work Experience Bursary can only be used to cover costs incurred as a result of undertaking work experience such as:

  • Travel
  • Accommodation
  • Dependant’s care costs.

The Work Experience Bursary cannot be used to cover daily expenses such as food, clothes, visa/passport application fees.

Please read the Work Experience Bursary Terms & Conditions for more information.

  • Can I apply?

    The scheme is open to all current Lancaster University full-time undergraduate students who are NOT in their final year of study.

  • How much can I apply for?
    • International and EU undergraduate students can apply for up to £300

    • UK undergraduate students not in receipt of a means-tested bursary from the University can apply for up to £300

    • UK undergraduate students in receipt of a means-tested bursary from the University can apply for up to £1000
  • How do I apply?

    Applications for 2018/19 are now closed.

    Please check back later for applications for 2019/20.

    Make sure that you follow the steps below to increase your chances of making a successful application!

    1. Before completing the application form, ensure that you have downloaded, read and understood the Work Experience Bursaries Terms & Conditions. This document outlines your responsibilities should you be awarded a bursary.

    2. You must then complete the 2020 Application Form. As part of the online application process students will be asked to provide:

    1. A copy of the work experience offer details and/or job description
    2. Evidence of potential costs (e.g screen grabs of transport/accommodation costs)
    3. An outline of how the work experience will:
            •  contribute to personal development; and/or
            • enhance skills development; and/or
            • support future career aspirations; and/or
            • enhance workplace skills in the eyes of future employers.


    Assessing your application

    The work experience Bursary funds are limited. Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis by the Careers team until the funding is closed. Once you have provided all the relevant information we will aim to inform you if you application has been successful within three weeks.

    If your application is successful, the bursary will be paid in advance of completing your work experience. You will be required to evidence, with original receipts, the expenses incurred as part of the work experience.

    You will be required to repay any unreceipted or unspent elements of the bursary to the University. 

  • Terms & Conditions

    Work Experience Bursary 2019 Terms and Conditions

    Please click the link above to download and read the Terms & Conditions of the bursary.