The Turing Scheme

The Turing Scheme is the UK’s global programme for studying, working and living abroad and offers you once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for personal and professional development.

 It gives you the chance to develop new skills, gain vital international experience and boost your employability, as well as developing a wide range of soft skills, language skills and a better understanding of other cultures. 

What is the Turing Scheme?  

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

Funding from the Turing Scheme will be available until at least 2024-25. The University will submit bids annually and will update this page with any new details about funding amounts and activities. 

2022/23 Turing Funding

The University of Leeds has successfully secured Turing Scheme funding for the 2022/23 academic year. We are working with the Turing Scheme to determine the scale of the funding and number of eligible placements. More information will be published in September. 

Activities funded by the Turing Scheme for the 2021-22 academic year  

The University of Leeds has been granted a fixed amount of funding to offer cost of living grants to students on eight overseas activities in the 2021-22 academic year:  

  1. Study placements abroad   

  1. Summer schools abroad  

  1. Summer volunteering abroad  

  1. Postgraduate study abroad  

  1. Work placements   

  1. Recent graduates  

  1. International internships  

  1. Medical electives   


The Turing Scheme offers two types of grants: 

  • Standard Cost of Living Grants 

  • Underrepresented Backgrounds Grants (including a Travel Grant) 

The grant amounts listed below are for placements in the 2021-22 academic year and are subject to change in the future. 

Standard Cost of Living Grants 

The Standard Cost of Living grant amount provided depends on the destination of your host country and your length of placement. The Turing Scheme funds projects that are a minimum of 4 weeks and maximum of 12 months.   

The Turing Scheme bands countries together by cost of living:  

  • Group 1 (high cost of living)  

  • Group 2 (medium cost of living)  

  • Group 3 (low cost of living)  

The full list of destination countries within each group is available on the Turing Scheme website.  

For 2021-22 placements lasting 4-8-weeks, students in Group 1 destinations will receive £136.25 per week and students in Group 2 or 3 destinations will receive £120 per week. 

For 2021-22 placements lasting 9 weeks-12 months, students in Group 1 destinations will receive £380 per month, and students in Group 2 or 3 destinations will receive £335 per month.  

Underrepresented Backgrounds (URB) Grant 

The Turing Scheme is particularly keen to support students from backgrounds that have been underrepresented in the uptake of global opportunities. If one or more of the following categories applies to you, you may be able to receive an additional £110 per month (or £27.50 per week) to cover living costs, as well as a contribution towards your travel costs: 

  • Students with an annual household income of £25,000 or less   

  • Students receiving Universal Credit or income-related benefits because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them, such as a child or partner   

  • Students who are care-experienced or care leavers   

  • Students who have caring responsibilities in a formal capacity, for example caring for a disabled parent or sibling  

  • Neither of the students’ parents can be found or it is not reasonably practicable to get in touch with either of them, therefore they are considered estranged students   

  • Refugees and asylum seekers  

  • Students who have access to the Plus Programme 

  • Students from UK Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Groups 

We will ask you to declare if you believe that you are eligible for the Underrepresented Background Grant on your Turing Scheme Application Form. The Funding Team and Educational Engagement Team will then verify your status. We may ask you for further information if your University record cannot verify your eligibility.  

Travel Grants 

If you qualify for an underrepresented background grant, you will also receive a travel grant. The amount of your travel grant will depend on the distance in kilometres between Leeds and your host country:  

  • 10 to 99km: £20   

  • 100 to 499km: £165  

  • 500 to 1,999km: £250   

  • 2,000 to 2,999km: £325   

  • 3,000 to 3,999km: £480   

  • 4,000 to 7,999km: £745   

  • 8,000 to 12,000km: £905   

  • 12,000km+: £1,360 

Additional Funding for Students with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities  

Students with special educational needs or disabled students who receive DSA support, such as mentoring sessions, may be eligible to receive funding to continue this support whilst on placement abroad. Funding to support SEND-related costs will be in addition to underrepresented background funding, if students are eligible to receive both. 

Student Experience  

Jeremy Barton, Study Abroad student at IEFE Montpellier

"I’m taking a break from cart-wheeling with joy through the streets of Montpellier to report that my Turing Scheme funding has just been approved.   

“Given that this was the first year of the scheme, I hadn’t originally factored in any such financial assistance, so this is of enormous and unexpected help. As you know, study at IEFE wasn’t previously eligible for funding support under Erasmus, so all credit to the new Turing Scheme.  

“Thank you so much to you and all the Year Abroad staff for navigating the administrative processes, which can’t have been easy - it really is hugely appreciated." 

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