Turing Scheme

The Turing Scheme is the UK government’s global programme to support study and work abroad. The scheme provides funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world, lasting from 2 weeks up to 12 months. 


Receiving funding to study or carry out a work placement abroad will help participants develop transferable skills, gain vital international experience and broaden their horizons. The University of Sheffield has been successful in securing Turing scheme funding for the 2021/22 academic year and funding is being made available to support a variety of international activities.

How much funding is available?

The Turing funding enables eligible students to receive a grant towards the additional costs incurred by a period spent abroad during their degree. It is usually paid in 2 instalments, at the start and end of your period abroad 

For short-term activities (between 2 and 8 weeks) the grant is based on a weekly rate ranging from £120 - £163.75 per week

For longer term activities (between 8 weeks and 12 months) the grant is based on a monthly rate ranging from £335 - £490

The exact grant rate awarded depends on the destination country and whether the participant meets the Turing Scheme criteria for disadvantage.  

Those who meet the criteria for disadvantage benefit from the higher monthly grant rates and a contribution towards the cost of travel.  

A portion of our Turing funding has been ring-fenced for disadvantaged students. 

Who is eligible?

Current students* at all levels of study are considered eligible for Turing scheme funding. There are no restrictions on nationality, so all home and international students are eligible to apply.

*students studying for a Sheffield degree from overseas by distance-learning are not eligible

What activities are eligible

A range of activities are eligible under the Turing scheme. The scheme is global and therefore not restricted to any particular destinations, but travel must not be against Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office advice

See below for details of activities eligible for Turing scheme funding

  • A semester or year studying abroad at an international partner university

For 2021/22 all undergraduate students spending a semester or year abroad have been contacted about their eligibility for Turing funding. Some students going to Europe have been awarded Erasmus+ funding, these students are not eligible for a Turing grant as well. 

  • Medical/Dental Electives

Some funding is reserved for Medical or Dental students undertaking an overseas elective. Students who apply to spend their elective overseas will be contacted about their eligibility for Turing funding. 

  • A language course abroad

Some funding has been reserved for SLC and SEAS students planning to undertake a language course in summer 2022. 

SLC students should contact slc-yearabroad@sheffield.ac.uk to register their interest.

Non-language degree students planning to participate in a language course abroad should follow the application process below.

  • A summer school at an overseas university

A variety of summer schools are offered by universities overseas, these vary in terms of length and subject area.  

As a starting point for your research, a list of summer schools previously attended by Sheffield students is available here. You should research the latest information for summer 2022 options and there may be similar opportunities at other universities. 

If you are planning to participate in a summer school you should apply using the form below. 

  • An overseas work or voluntary placement

If you are undertaking a semester or year-long work placement overseas in 2021-22, you should have already been contacted regarding your eligibility for Turing funding.  However if you are planning a shorter-term or extra curricular placement, you should apply using the form below.

You should be able to demonstrate that their placement is relevant to your academic studies and/or future employability skills and have the support of your academic department.

    How to apply

    If you are planning a period abroad that fits the above criteria then submit your application for funding using this form. Eligible applications will be considered and approved on a first-come, first-served basis.  

    We will notify you of the outcome of the application within 2 weeks of submission. 

    Applications will remain open until 31 May 2022, or earlier if all funding has been allocated.

    Additional criteria:

    All Turing-funded activities must also meet the criteria below to be eligible for funding:

    • Duration: minimum 2 weeks, maximum 12 months
    • Activities must take place between 01 September 2021 and 31 August 2022
    • You must have a host organisation who will supervise your activities and confirm your attendance. Independent activities such fieldwork and data-collection are not eligible.
    • You trip must be approved by your department as being relevant to your studies or your employability skills
    • You must complete a set of documentation including Learning or Training Agreements and a Risk Assessment in order to receive your funding. Details will be provided to you when your grant is confirmed. 

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