Turing Scheme - Alumni Grant (Academic Year 23/24)

The Turing Scheme is the UK government’s funding programme for current students and recent graduates to carry out approved placement(s) anywhere in the world, with an institution or organisation in the 2023/24 academic year.

Academic Year 2023/2024

Lancaster University has been awarded a grant from Turing Scheme towards living costs for specific global opportunities in the 2023/24 academic year with enhanced funding available for alumni from disadvantaged backgrounds. Alumni who graduated in the last 12 months from Lancaster, Bailrigg, UK are eligible to apply.

The Turing Scheme grant is not intended to fully fund your placement overseas but to contribute to the extra costs involved in working or undertaking a placement abroad. The amount is based on the duration of the period of work or voluntary placement.

The grant will be paid in pounds sterling into a UK bank account. The grant is administered by the Global Experiences funding team and the specific amount an individual will receive, as well as the terms and conditions, will be set out in a grant agreement.

The application process for Turing Scheme 2023/24 is now closed.

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Eligibility requirements to apply for a Turing Scheme Alumni Grant

Eligible Participants

To be eligible for Turing funding participants must be either: 

  • Recent Graduates: Students who have graduated (UG, PGT, PGR) within the last 12 months from Lancaster, Bailrigg UK, can carry out a traineeship abroad. 

For current students, please visit the Turing Scheme Grant page for more details. 

Eligibility Mobilities

The alumni can undertake work or volunteer placements abroad. These placements can last for a minimum of four weeks (28 calendar days) and must take place from 1st January 2024. 

  • Students who graduated in Summer 2023 can apply for a placement up to 30th June 2024.
  • Students who are graduating in Winter 2023 can apply for a placement up to 31st August 2024.

Eligibility Notes

Those not usually eligible for Turing funding this academic year: 

  • Recent graduates complete a placement in their home country unless an exceptional case of hardship is made and approved.  
  • Students who received a Turing Scheme grant in the previous academic year for a duration of 3-months or more.  


How much funding could I get?

The amount of funding provided towards the cost of living for each participant will vary depending on the sector and destination country/territory.

Destination countries/territories will be grouped into three categories:

  • Group 1 (high cost of living)
  • Group 2 (medium cost of living)
  • Group 3 (lower cost of living)

Below you can find details of which countries/territories are in each group.

Grant Rates

The rates that will be provided for the cost of living are:

Placement Duration

Country Group


4 to 8 weeks

Group 1

£545 per month (equal to £136.25 per week)

Group 2 & 3

£480 per month (equal to £120 per week)

9 weeks to 12 months

Group 1

£380 per month

Group 2 & 3

£335 per month

Please note that placement(s) lasting 9 weeks to 12 months will receive the rates identified for this category for the full duration of the mobility and not the higher rate for the initial period of 8 weeks


Widening Participation

Students from less advantaged backgrounds are less likely to spend a period of their degree overseas than students from more advantaged backgrounds. The Turing Scheme recognises widening access opportunities as a key priority, so in order to increase the participation of disadvantaged groups Widening Participation (WP) students who meet the following criteria may be eligible for an additional enhanced grant.

Tab Content: WP Criteria

The information provided in the application in relation to the criteria below will be checked with the relevant Lancaster University central teams to confirm eligibility.

In order to be eligible for Widening Participation on Turing Scheme, we ask that you meet at least one of our widening participation criteria below:

  • Low-income background (An annual household income of £30k or less)
  • POLAR 4 Quintile 1
  • Students receiving Universal Credit or income-related benefits because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who
  • Care leavers and students who are care-experienced
  • Students who have caring responsibilities
  • Estranged students Neither of the student's parents can be found or it is not reasonably practicable to get in touch with either of them (estranged students)
  • Refugees and asylum seekers

Tab Content: Additional WP Rate

Students meeting the disadvantaged background criteria outlined in the WP criteria section will receive an additional £110 per month for their cost-of-living grant. As such, the total cost of living grant funding provided to students from disadvantaged backgrounds will be as follows:

Placement Duration

Country Group


4 to 8 weeks

Group 1

£655 per month (equal to £163.75 per week)

Group 2 & 3

£590 per month (equal to £147.50 per week)

9 weeks to 12 months

Group 1

£490 per month

Group 2 & 3

£445 per month

Students who meet the criteria will also receive funding as a contribution toward the cost of travel. This will be dependent on the distance between the University and the destination provider (the placement host) as outlined below:

  • 10 to 99km: £20
  • 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

Participants from disadvantaged backgrounds across all sectors will receive funding for exceptional costs. Exceptional costs are calculated on an actual cost basis and are specifically for any additional costs incurred to support the participation of disadvantaged participants. Funding covers costs such as passports, visas, and insurance, as necessary.

Students with special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities

For students with special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities to access the Turing Scheme, such participants can have up to 100% of their actual costs met for support that directly relates to their additional needs and mobility.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions from applicants.


Application Portal

Once you have read the information above and understood the eligibility of the Turing Scheme Alumni Grant, you may start your application. There is also an Initial Funding Application Guide here for your reference.

The application process for this Grant is very competitive and therefore only fully completed applications will be considered.

All applications must be submitted by Monday 29th January. The Global Experiences Funding Team will be in touch within 3 weeks to provide the outcome of the application.

Depending on funding availability, any application submitted after the deadline may be considered.

Access the Application Portal here.

Get in touch

Lancaster University Global Experiences Funding Team

Welcome Centre, Bowland College, Lancaster University LA1 4YT

E: globalexperiencesfunding@lancaster.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)1524 592035

Please note the information provided above may be subject to change.