Turing Scheme - PhD mobility grant

Funding is now available through the Turing Scheme to support PhD students undertaking a period of research or training abroad.

Applications are now closed.


What activities are eligible?

You should be undertaking a period of research or training that contributes to your research or employability skills

  • Activities should take place at or be supervised by a host organisation who can verify your participation, a full list of eligible host organisation types can be found on the Turing webpages
  • Placements must have a duration of 1 to 3 months (with maximum duration of 12 months in exceptional cases)
  • You must have a host organisation who will supervise your activity and verify your participation.  
  • Preference will be given to students who undertake activities at an overseas partner university 

Post-Thesis Submission Mobilities

  • Funding for 1-3 month activity after thesis submission
  • You need to have the support of your supervisory team, as well as agreement from your department 
  • a suitable activity has been identified

Essential Overseas Research PhD Mobilities

  • For PhD programmes that require essential overseas travel (e.g. fieldwork, learning a new lab technique, etc.) for the purpose of primary research for a doctoral project
  • Students need to have the support of their supervisory team, as well as agreement from their department 

When should the activity take place?

  • Placements must take place between 1 September 2021 and 31 August 2022
  • Grants for activities that have already started can be considered providing costs have not already been met by grant funding from alternative sources

Who can participate?

  • You are currently registered on a postgraduate research degree at the University of Sheffield and your planned thesis submission date is in less than 6 months OR
  • You have submitted your thesis and the overseas activity will take place within 12 months of your graduation 
  • Both home and international students are eligible
  • When assessing applications preference will be given to students who meet one or more of the following priority criteria
    • students whose placement takes place between submission of thesis and graduation 
    • students who can evidence that they meet the criteria for disadvantaged students.  
    • students undertaking activities at an overseas partner university (See information on exchange partners and university networks)

N.B. Double funding is not permitted. Activities for which travel and subsistence costs have already been covered by alternative grant funding are not eligible. 

What funding is available?

  • Grants are based on a weekly or monthly grant rate - see table below for details. 
  • Students who can evidence that they meet the Turing Scheme criteria for disadvantage can benefit from an additional uplift in funding and an additional grant towards travel costs
  • The total awarded is paid in two lump sum allocations: 70% is paid at the start of the period abroad, 30% is paid once we receive confirmation of completion of your placement.

Trip Duration

Grant rate

Disadvantaged student rate

1-8 weeks

(weekly rate)

£120 - £136.25

£147.50 - £163.75 

>8 weeks to 12 months

(monthly rate)

£335 - £380

£445 - £490 

Travel Grant (disadvantaged students only)


£20 - £1360 depending on destination

For full grant rate information see here

How to apply

  • Discuss your plans with your supervisor and Department and ensure that you have their support
  • Students who have a confirmed overseas activity should apply using this form by 20 February 2022 (extended from our original deadline).
  • Students who have tentative overseas plans for an activity that will take place before 31 August 2022, but who are not in position to apply before the closing date, can complete this registration of interest form in case further funding can be made available at a later date. 


A world top-100 university

We're a world top-100 university renowned for the excellence, impact and distinctiveness of our research-led learning and teaching.