"My work placement was above and beyond what I had expected … Everyone was so welcoming and they took us in as part of the family."

UKESF Scholar, 2018–21

Application Process and Advice

How to apply

  1. Check if you meet our eligibility requirements.
  2. Have a look at the comparison table to see what the different companies are offering.
  3. Select the first company you would like to apply to.
  4. Scroll down on this webpage to read our general application advice.
  5. Follow this detailed guide as you fill in your application.
  6. Click here to view some example answers and for further advice from our current scholars.
  7. After you’ve submitted the first application, you can apply to one more initially, and then two more companies later. Most details will be copied from your first application, but you can amend it as necessary.
  8. Applications for 2021/22 are now open. Please submit your initial application/s by 10pm Wednesday 17th November 2021.

What happens next

  • We check your application to ensure eligibility and company-specific requirements are met before sending it to the companies.
  • The companies select who they would like to interview and contact candidates directly to arrange interviews.
  • Interviews normally take place in late December, January or February – scroll down to read our interview advice.
  • We contact you with the outcome of your interview in mid-February.

Successful candidates

You may receive one or multiple scholarship offers. You will need to make a decision whether or not to accept fairly quickly, but please contact us if you need to discuss the terms of the offer.

For tips on making your summer work placement a success, click here.

NOTE: There is no obligation for the company to offer you employment when you graduate, nor are you obliged to accept if an offer is made.


We may contact you between December and February to give you the opportunity to submit additional applications. This could be for a new company joining the UKESF Scholarship Scheme, or an existing company who would like to review more applications. Please ensure emails sent from UKESF to your university email account are not marked as spam, so that you don’t miss out on any additional opportunities.

If you are not successful in obtaining a scholarship this year, you are welcome to apply again next year.