Work Experience Bursary Scheme 2020/2021

We’re delighted to announce that The University of Manchester Work Experience Bursary Scheme is now open. The scheme offers financial support for full time undergraduates of all years to undertake career enhancing work experience.

The University of Manchester recognises that there may be barriers related to you undertaking work experience. This scheme could open up work experience opportunities which you had previously discounted, giving you a helping hand towards achieving your future career goals.

How could you benefit from a work experience bursary?

We want to help you with the costs of undertaking your career related work experience. This is why the Careers Service has a dedicated bursary fund which is open to full time undergraduate students.

This bursary can be used to cover the following expenses which you may incur:

  • travel expenses
  • accommodation costs
  • and/or dependent care costs

The bursary cannot cover the cost of:

  • food
  • clothing
  • travel visas
  • travel insurance
  • living costs
  • course related placements or electives
  • conferences
  • career related open days
  • retrospective Work Experience bursary applications
  • Work Experience bursary applications 2021/2022

Am I eligible?

Take a look at the points below to see if you qualify. You must be:

  • a full time undergraduate;
  • a UK, EU or an international undergraduate;
  • considering work experience in the UK or abroad that contributes to your personal development, your skills development and/or supports your future career aspirations.

For final year undergraduates only:

  • you must complete your work experience by the end of June 2021

For more detail you should read the Work Experience Bursaries Terms & Conditions 2020.

How to apply

Make sure that you follow the steps below to increase your chances of making a successful application!

1. Before completing the application form ensure that you have downloaded, read and understood the Work Experience Bursaries Terms & Conditions 2020. This document outlines your responsibilities should you be awarded a bursary. You should also read through the frequently asked questions guide.

2. You must then fill in an online Work Experience Bursary Application Form and provide proof of the work experience opportunity that you will be undertaking. Include as much detail as possible in your application such as estimated travel, accommodation and/or dependent care costs. All applications will be considered on an individual basis based on the information you provide in the application form. Applications will be considered on a monthly basis until all the funding has been allocated.

3. All completed applications should be submitted online. Your CV and evidence should be sent to with the following in the subject line 'Work Experience Bursary 2020 application'. We will then acknowledge receipt within three working days and aim to get back to you with a decision within seven working days of the closing date (usually the end of each month).

COVID-19: Key Information

When making an application, you must ensure that any work experience you have arranged adheres to the most up to date government guidelines in relation to COVID-19, particularly in respect to areas that are under different lockdown measures. You can check what the current advice is on the website at:

If your application is successful, you must continue to monitor the current government guidelines in relation to COVID-19 and any associated travel advice that is being given. Therefore if your work experience is in the UK, EU or international, if travel is required you must adhere to government guidance on visiting the location.

Please be aware that as there may be a gap between when you organise your work experience and the start date of the experience, it is important that you re-check the latest government guidelines prior to travelling and commencing your work experience.