Schools, colleges and universities in the UK can now apply for funding for opportunities targeted at disadvantaged students.
Announced in December 2020, the new £110 million Turing scheme will support UK students to take advantage of the benefits of studying and working abroad from September 2021. The scheme will look to target students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The scheme replaces the Erasmus+ scheme in the UK and will fund 35,000 global exchanges from September 2021, including university study, school exchanges, and industry work placements.
This funding allows organisations to provide students, learners and pupils with the chance to develop new skills, gain vital international experience and boost their employability. They can also develop a wide range of soft skills, language skills and a better understanding of other cultures.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
“This is a landmark step in delivering on our promise to level up a truly global Britain, strengthening our ties across the world and providing students with the skills they need to thrive.
“The programme’s focus on social mobility and value for money will open up more opportunities for international education and travel to all of our students, especially for those from disadvantaged backgrounds who were less likely to benefit from the previous EU scheme.
“I urge all universities, schools and colleges from all corners of the UK to start their applications and partner up with countries worldwide.”
Funding opportunities are available for UK organisations in these sectors:
Eligible organisations can apply for funding for projects that offer the opportunity to study or gain work experience abroad for the 2021-22 academic year.
Applications from schools or FE/VET organisations must be submitted on the Turing Scheme’s online application portal by the deadline of 7 May 2021. HE organisation applications must be submitted by the deadline of 9 April 2021.