About the Turing Scheme

Information for Loughborough University students about the Turing Scheme mobility grant for studying/working abroad.

The Turing Scheme is the UK Government’s new global funding programme for students in Higher Education studying or working abroad. Under the Turing Scheme, students could be eligible for a cost of living grant (between £335 and £490 a month) if they are studying or working abroad for a period of at least four weeks but no more than one year.

The provision of a cost of living grant (know as a ‘mobility grant’) under the Turing Scheme in in addition to any funding that students might receive from Student Finance England, such as maintenance loans and Disabled Student Allowance (DSA).

Loughborough University has secured funding under the Turing Scheme for specific international opportunities taking place in the 2021/22 academic year. However, following the Department for Education’s announcement that the Turing Scheme will be running in the 2022/23 academic year, the University will be applying for further funding. It is, therefore, recommended that students, who are planning to study or work abroad next year and who might be interested in receiving a Turing mobility grant, check this web page over the coming months for further information.

Turing Scheme contributions towards cost of living

The Turing Scheme provides an amount of funding towards the cost of living, and this varies depending on the destination country.  The scheme divides destination countries or territories into three groups:

  • Group 1 - high cost of living (eg Australia, Canada, Japan and the USA)
  • Group 2 - medium cost of living (eg most countries in mainland Europe)
  • Group 3 - low cost of living (eg India and Taiwan)

Students on a study exchange or work placement will receive the following mobility grants based on duration:

For mobility periods lasting between four and eight weeks:

  • To Group 1 destinations: £136 per week
  • To Group 2 and 3 destinations: £120 per week

For mobility periods lasting over eight weeks:

  • To Group 1 destinations: £380 per month
  • To Group 2 and 3 destinations: £335 per month

Extra support for students from under-represented groups

Under the Turing Scheme, students from certain under-represented groups are eligible for higher cost of living grants. The amount of funding students will receive depends on the destination country and the duration of the mobility period.

For mobility periods lasting between four and eight weeks:

  • To Group 1 destinations: £163.50 per week
  • To Group 2 and 3 destinations: £147.50 per week

For mobility periods lasting over eight weeks:

  • To Group 1 destinations: £490 per month
  • To Group 2 and 3 destinations: £445 per month

Eligible students will also receive funding towards direct travel costs in order to support the expense of the round trip. The amount of funding is based on the distance between Loughborough University and the host university/organisation:

  • 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

To be eligible for this element of support under the Turing Scheme you will need to meet one of the following criteria:

  • 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.
  • Care leavers and students who are care-experienced. This refers to anyone who has been or is currently in care or from a looked after background at any stage of their life, no matter how short, including adopted children who were previously looked after or those who access the Care Experienced Bursary in Scotland.
  • Students who have caring responsibilities. Caring responsibilities refers to a child or young person up to the age of 25 who provides (unpaid) care or intends to provide care for another person in, or outside of, the family home for someone who is physically or mentally ill, disabled, or misusing drugs or alcohol.
  • Estranged students where neither of the students’ parents can be found or it is not reasonably practicable to get in touch with either of them.
  • Refugees and asylum seekers.

Extra support for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Under the Turing Scheme, the term SEND refers to students with Special Educational Needs (SEN).  This includes those who are in receipt of DSA or whose SEN arise because they have a long-term disability.  The disability must have a substantial and long-term effect on the ability to do normal everyday tasks. This includes students who identify as having a disability, special need or a medical condition as categorised as follows:

  • social or communication impairment such as Asperger's syndrome or other autistic spectrum disorder;
  • blindness, or a serious visual impairment uncorrected by glasses;
  • deafness or serious hearing impairment;
  • a long-standing illness or health condition, such as cancer, HIV, diabetes, chronic heart disease and epilepsy;
  • a mental health condition, such as depression, schizophrenia or anxiety disorder;
  • a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or AD(H)D
  • physical impairments or mobility issues, such as using a wheelchair or crutches;
  • a disability, impairment or medical condition that is not listed above.

You might not meet the criteria for extra support as detailed above. If so, you might still get a grant to cover some of your travel expenses. To find out more, visit:

Further Information

If you have any specific questions, email them to Exchanges@lboro.ac.uk.

Further information about the Turing Scheme is available from the official site below: