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Applying for our funds

The Internship Office manages a number of internship scholarships and grants which are allocated to students who undertake internships through the Summer Internship Programme. Some of the scholarships are open to all our students who secure an internship through the programme while others are awarded subject to eligibility.

If you have been offered an internship

If a host organisation has offered you an internship which is advertised as having an internship award attached, you must let us know as soon as possible so that we can check your eligibility (if any apply) so we can transfer the funding to you. Please email the Internship Office Finance Officer, with the details of your placement.

Our funding sources

Alumni Association Travel Grants

The University’s Alumni Association generously offers £4,000 per annum to support internships. These grants are pre-allocated to particular placements as indicated on the internship description on CareerConnect.

Association of Commonwealth Universities 

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is the voice of higher education in the Commonwealth. A UK-registered charity, the ACU is the world’s first international university network, established in 1913. The ACU has more than 500 member institutions in over 50 countries, and brings together some of the most prestigious universities internationally with relatively new institutions in some of the world’s least developed countries.

Through targeted grants, scholarships, innovative programmes and projects, and professional development opportunities, the ACU helps member universities to build the capacity of their emerging academics and strengthen the systems in place to support their development. The ACU are generously co-funding internships based in Commonwealth countries. The awards come attached to internships advertised through the Summer Internship Programme, which are listed on CareerConnect.


Erasmus+ is the European Union’s (EU) funding programme for education and training, youth and sport between 2014 and 2020. The University of Oxford has been awarded an Erasmus charter to take part in the programme, and uses part of the funding it receives to support both undergraduates and postgraduates (PGT and PGR students) to undertake two month placements in Europe through the Summer Internship Programme.  Details of whether a placement qualifies for an Erasmus+ grant is included in the placement specifications on CareerConnect. The awards are open to all enrolled students regardless of their fee status.

Erasmus funding is calculated according to the exact length of the internship, and varies by the country being visited, but in most cases students will receive approximately €700-800 per internship. Internships must be a minimum of two calendar months (not 8 weeks!). Successful candidates will be contacted by the Erasmus team and must complete all requirements specified to ensure they remain eligible for funding. Although the grant is calculated in Euros, the awards will be paid in Pounds in two instalments, with 80% payable at the start of the internship and the remaining 20% shortly after the internship finishes.  The latest possible start date for your internship must be August 1st as you must have completed your two month placement by the 30th September.

Students can receive a maximum of 12 months of Erasmus funding throughout the course of their degree, and therefore students who have already received Erasmus funding or plan to apply for it on their year abroad later in their degree may not be eligible. If students are concerned about this requirement they can contact the Erasmus team at

International Strategy Scholarships

The University’s International Strategy Office generously offers £3,000 per annum to support internships. These scholarships are pre-allocated to particular internships as indicated on the placement description on CareerConnect.

Fung Scholarships at Oxford

If you are a current undergraduate and have been offered an internship in China and Hong Kong through the Summer Internship Programme, you may receive a bursary of up to £2000 courtesy of the Victor and William Fung Foundation. You can only receive one scholarship from the Victor & William Fung Foundation during your time at Oxford. If, for example, you are studying BA Chinese and have received a scholarship from the foundation previously, you will not be eligible again. Details of whether a placement qualifies for this funding is included in the placement specifications on CareerConnect.

Quantitative Methods Awards for Social Scientists

Oxford’s Q-Step Centre has provided Q-Step Internship Awards since their launch in 2014. Undergraduate students from the Social Sciences Division (or students studying part of a joint degree in Social Sciences) can receive up to £1,500 to undertake an internship which focuses on the development of quantitative methods skills. The awards come attached to internships advertised through the Summer Internship Programme, which are listed on CareerConnect.

Please note that students who are studying Economics and Management, and History and Economics will NOT be eligible for this award. The internships are particularly relevant for first year students who have studied the Q-Step module.

It is a condition of the award that students will be required to provide feedback about the internship and the development of their quantitative methods skills in the work place.

Santander Internship Awards

Santander generously offers a number of awards through the Summer Internship Programme every year which we are able to allocate to internships based in the Santander Network countries. These scholarships are pre-allocated to particular internships as indicated on the internship description on CareerConnect. All students applying to a Santander-funded internship are eligible to receive this funding.

Santander SME Awards

Santander is part-funding internships which are offered by UK-registered organisations with 250 employees or less and which have an annual turnover of fifty million pounds or less. Organisations can include companies, sole traders, partnerships and charities. These scholarships are pre-allocated to particular internships as indicated on the internship description on CareerConnect. All students applying to a Santander SME-funded internship are eligible to receive this funding.

External funding sources

If you require additional support for your internship you should consider applying to alternative funding sources.

Oxford Pro Bono Publico Internship Fund

If you are currently enrolled in a graduate degree at the University of Oxford and require additional financial support, you may apply to the Oxford Pro Bono Publico Internship Fund. The fund is available to students who are interested in undertaking unpaid or poorly paid internships with public interest law organisations, including internships obtained through the Summer Internship Programme. More information can be found on the Pro Bono Publico website.

College & Department Funding

Many Oxford colleges and departments have travel bursaries which you can apply for. We would strongly encourage you to contact your college or department as soon as possible to explore the options which may be available to you as application deadlines can be very early.

OUS Network Student Awards

A number of regional alumni groups in the UK make awards to Oxford students from their area. Details of 2019 awards will be published from January on the Oxford University Alumni website.

This information was last updated on 11 December 2018.
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Recent blogs about Summer Internship Programme Funding

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Blogged by Internship Office on 21/01/2019.

Are you looking for help to navigate the huge array of international summer internships currently available exclusively to Oxford students as part of the Summer Internship Programme?

The Internship Office has now published internship lists by sector and location so you can browse our international internships to find a summer opportunity that really appeals to you.

Don’t forget that students can make 3 applications to the current batch of internships, with a deadline of 18 February.

If you need help with your application, you can book a one to one support session with a member of the Internship Office to get your application checked. See our application support guide for other resources and tips.

Application support sessions and sector lists now available for the Micro-Internship Programme

Blogged by Internship Office on 15/01/2019.

The micro-internship applications are rolling-in ahead of the deadline of noon Monday 28 January. But are you struggling to get your own application off the ground? If so, don’t worry: the Internship Office is here to support you!

If you don’t know where to start, sector lists are now available, each one offering project summaries of all the placements available within each employment field.

And if you’d like further advice and assistance, as usual the Internship Office are offering application support sessions. These take place across the applications window.  Book a 15 minute appointment ahead via CareerConnect. A member of the Internship Office will be able to support you by offering feedback on CVs and personal statements.

And if you have no idea what a micro-internship even is, then the Micro-Internship Programme page is a good place to start.

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Blogged by Internship Office on 08/01/2019.

Explore the world this summer with a global internship…

A huge range of exciting internship opportunities will soon be available for applications through the Summer Internship Programme. All opportunities are available exclusively to Oxford students, and can be applied to through CareerConnect.

International applications open for the Summer Internship Programme on Monday 14 January 2019. Hundreds of summer internships are available through the programme in more than 40 countries each year. International placements feature consultancy in Tokyo with Mitsubishi, HIV/AIDS social research in South Africa, technology training with Huawei and writing for an arts magazine in Malaysia. The deadline for applications for the first batch of international placements is midday Monday 18 February. Further international placements will be available for application from 12 March. Applications for UK placements open on 19 February.

Application support sessions will also be available for prospective applicants to discuss internship ideas, and get advice on CVs and applications. These sessions will take place at The Careers Service from 1st week, and can be booked through CareerConnect.

Please see our comprehensive application support guide for other ways to get support when applying to Internship Office programmes.

Stay up to date with the internship programmes by signing up to the Internship Office email alerts and visiting the Internship Office Facebook page.

Email with any questions.

Apply for the Hilary 2019 Micro-Internship Programme

Blogged by Internship Office on 07/01/2019.

Applications for a Micro-Internship placement in 9th or 10th week!

Applications for this term’s micro-internship opportunities open 9 January! More than 100 opportunities will be available in gaming, fashion, consultancy, education, not-for-profits and more. Placements last 2-5 days, and come with expenses.

Sign-in to CareerConnect from 9 January and see what’s on offer this term, and make up to two applications.

We are also running Application Support Sessions up until the deadline, with various sessions taking place Monday – Friday. Slots can be booked on CareerConnect. You can also book short discussions with our Careers Advisers.

Hurry though: the deadline to apply for this term’s opportunities is Monday 28 January, noon.

Our second round of micro-internships is now LIVE!

Blogged by Internship Office on 07/11/2018.

Are you interested in a two to five day placement at the end of Michaelmas term?

Sign in to CareerConnect to view all the micro-internship placements available in 9th or 10th week. The deadline is midday, Monday 12 Nov 2018.

Students are allowed one additional application for this late round, so if you have already made two applications this term, you are welcome to submit another! For full programme information, please visit our Micro-Internship Programme webpage.

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