Turing Scheme

The Turing Scheme is the UK government’s global programme to support study and work abroad.

It supports Global Britain by providing funding that universities can offer to students to financially support their life-changing experiences studying or working abroad.

Funding is available to UK and British Overseas Territories organisations from across the education and training sector (e.g., higher education institutions, further or vocational education and training institutions, schools etc.).

Through the Turing Scheme, study and work abroad participants have a 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. 

Launched initially as a one-year programme for the 2021/22 academic year, the UK Government has since committed to support the Turing Scheme for the next three years (from 2022/23 onwards).

Important Updates

The institutional application window for Turing Scheme funding for the 22/23 academic year has closed.

The Erasmus & Study Abroad Office (ESAO) hopes to provide further details regarding the individual application process to eligible students within the next few weeks.

Any students undertaking an overseas study or work placement who are not yet known to ESAO are welcome to enquire about funding via studyabroad@reading.ac.uk. This should be done well in advance of your planned placement abroad.

Please note that Turing Scheme funding is not guaranteed.

How the Turing Scheme works

The Turing Scheme is administered by the Erasmus & Study Abroad Office (ESAO) on behalf of the University of Reading.

First, ESAO applies for funding from the UK government on behalf of the University of Reading. This process is known as an institutional application.

The Turing Scheme Delivery Partner (Capita) then determines how much funding to provide to each institutional applicant, and outlines any terms and conditions in accordance with which the money must be spent.

The funds that the University of Reading receive are then managed locally by ESAO. Students planning to study or work abroad can apply for funding from the University. This is known as an individual application.

Important Notes

  • Turing Scheme funding is not guaranteed.
  • Turing does not organise placements for students – it only provides funding. Your placement abroad must be established prior to applying for Turing Scheme support.
Who and what can be funded

Funding permitting, the Turing Scheme offers financial support for study, work, research and volunteering placements overseas, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Placements must take place between 01 September 2022 and 31 August 2023 and last:

Minimum: 4 weeks

Maximum: 12 months

Funding is only available to support University of Reading students going abroad; not to support students from partner institutions/organisations coming to Reading.

Ineligible activities:

  • Student mobility from overseas partners to the University of Reading.
  • Placements abroad for University of Reading graduates.
  • Staff mobility from the University of Reading to overseas organisations (or vice versa).
Eligible destinations

Eligible destinations include:

  • Non-UK Higher Education providers (i.e., a university outside the UK).
  • Any non-UK public or private organisation active in the labour market or in the fields of education and training.

The University of Reading Malaysia is not an eligible destination.

You can find a full list of eligible destination countries on the Turing Scheme website.

Standard funding rates

The funding you may be eligible for depends on:

  • The duration of your overseas placement.
  • Your destination country.
  • Whether the University of Reading has enough funding available to support your planned activity abroad.

Additional funding might be available to support students from low-income households (less than £25k per annum), and students with special education needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

If we are able to provide you with funding, standard grant rates are as follows:

Country GroupMonthly Grant Rate
Group 1£380
Group 2£335
Group 3£335

Note: These grant rates are for placements lasting 9 weeks to 12 months. Different grant rates may apply to placements lasting less than 9 weeks.

You can find out which country group your destination falls under on the Turing Scheme website.

Additional funding for low-income and SEND students

Students from low-income households

If you have and can demonstrate a household income of less than £25k per annum, you might be able to receive:

  • Enhanced cost of living grant
  • Travel grant

Enhanced Cost of Living Grant

This consists of an additional £110 per month on top of the standard grant rate outlined under ‘What funding is available?’.

Travel Grant

This consists of funding to put towards the direct costs of travel (e.g., flights etc.).

The exact amount of the travel grant will be dependent on the distance between the University of Reading and your destination institution/organisation.

The travel grant rates are outlined below:

DistanceTravel Grant Amount
10 to 99km£20
100 to 499km£165
500 to 1999km£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
Application process

Individual Turing Scheme applications are managed by the Erasmus & Study Abroad Office (ESAO).

Eligible students on semester or year-long student placements who are already known to ESAO will be provided with application guidance via email as soon as individual applications open.

If you wish to be considered for Turing Scheme funding for the 2022/23 academic year and have not been in contact with ESAO, please email us via studyabroad@reading.ac.uk.