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Global Opportunities

Turing Scheme funding

The Turing Scheme is the UK government’s global programme to study and work abroad. The scheme provides funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world.

Eligible organisations were invited to apply in spring 2021 for funding through the Turing Scheme for activities offering their students opportunities to study or gain work experience abroad during the 2021-22 academic year.  

The Turing Scheme will contribute to the UK Government’s commitment to a Global Britain, by helping organisations enhance their existing international ties and forge new relationships around the world. 

For further general information about the scheme, visit: https://www.turing-scheme.org.uk.

The Global Opportunities team submitted a Turing funding application in April 2021 on behalf of the University, supporting the Queen Mary 2030 Strategy in the area of inclusivity, ensuring mobility opportunities are available to all groups of students from across Queen Mary’s diverse student body. The outcome of the application will be announced in July 2021.

If Queen Mary’s application is successful, awarded funding will be allocated a) to students who completed a Queen Mary Turing application form in March, and b) in order of the following priority groups:

(1) Study and work placements anywhere in the world, undertaken by students from a widening access background (as defined by the Turing Programme):

  • Students with an annual household income of £25,000 or less (only if means tested by SF)
  • Students receiving Universal Credit or income-related benefits
  • Care leavers and students who are care-experienced
  • Students who have caring responsibilities
  • Estranged Students
  • Refugees and asylum seekers

(2) Study and work placements outside of Europe, undertaken by students from widening access backgrounds (as further defined by Queen Mary):

  • Students with an annual household income above £25,000 but below £35,000 annually (only if means tested by SF)

(3) Study and work placements outside of Europe, undertaken by students from underrepresented groups (as defined by the Turing Programme and in line with Queen Mary widening participation objectives):

  • Students with special educational needs and disabilities

(4) Study and work placements outside of Europe, undertaken by students from underrepresented groups (as defined by the Turing Programme and in line with Queen Mary widening participation objectives):

  • Students who are the first to attend university in their family
  • Ethnic minorities

Students falling into priority group (1) may be eligible to receive a monthly grant towards cost of living, a travel grant and may also be eligible to claim costs for health insurance, visas and passport. Students from the other groups may receive a monthly grant towards cost of living only. This is in line with Turing Scheme rules and not decided by Queen Mary. As the grant available to group (1) students is quite substantial, eligible students who are going to work or study in Europe, will be eligible for the Turing grant rather than the Erasmus+ grant.

Funding is only available for activity taking place between 1 September 2021 and 31 August 2022.

Grant rate details are available on the Turing website: https://www.turing-scheme.org.uk/funding-opportunities/higher-education-funding

The students who may benefit from Turing funding are students who are going abroad:

  • For a study placement, managed by the Global Opportunities team
  • For a study or work placement, managed by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures (within the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film)
  • For a medical elective, managed by the School of Medicine and Dentistry

Students in category a) and b) had to submit a form in March to apply for funding.

For medical electives, the funding will be advertised to students in autumn 2021.

Should Queen Mary’s application be successful and an excess of funding be available, students who did not complete the Queen Mary funding application form in March 2021 may become eligible. In this scenario, the Global Opportunities Advisory Group (comprised of stakeholders from across Queen Mary involved in student mobility) would meet to discuss how to most fairly distribute the awarded funding.

Teal and black logo for the Turing scheme.