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Outward Mobility Award – Bath Spa University

Apply for up to £3,500 to support you while undertaking an international placement.

Launched in 2017, the Bath Spa Outward Mobility Award was established to assist students wishing to embark on international placements, research or study trips that are related to their undergraduate degree course.

If your application is successful, you will need to do the following once you have returned from your trip:

  • Submit all receipts
  • Submit a 1,500 word reflective piece

We recommend that you also sign up to the Bath Spa Award. This Careers and Employability-led scheme will help you communicate what you've experienced and use this to your advantage when applying for jobs.

“The experience of applying for the Outward Mobility Award to support this residency gave me practical insight into applying for grants. Grants and awards can provide a significant source of financial support for professional artists and so understanding how to prepare a successful grant application is a highly useful skill moving forwards as a graduate.”

Olivia Rees, BA (Hons) Creative Arts Practice, residency in Tuscany, Italy


To be eligible for this award, you must be:

  • Currently enrolled on an undergraduate course as a full or part-time student at Bath Spa
  • Making use of the funding prior to 31 May in your final year of undergraduate studies
  • A home student whose country of domicile is within the UK
  • Using the funds to support a study, research, or work placement abroad of at least 21 days or more, which will have a direct impact on studies, research and/or career
  • Assessed by Student Finance as being from a household with an annual income of below £42,875. Students need to have applied for Student Finance for the academic year in which the mobility is to take place. When making your application to Student Finance, give consent for your household income details to be shared with Bath Spa. Your household income figure will then be automatically sent to the University and used to assess your eligibility for the award.

If you're at all uncertain if you fall under any of these categories, please contact the Access and Participation Manager at

Please note:

  • Applications for retrospective funding will not be considered
  • The proposed travel should not begin within eight weeks of the application deadline
  • Due to limited funding, once the funding from the stream two pot has been used up, we cannot supplement it with funding from stream one.

Stream one

Stream one is applicable to students whose annual household income is below £42,875 and whose postcode is either a Quintile 1 or Quintile 2 area, according to the POLAR/TUNDRA young participation classification. Check your postcode classification by following the link and clicking ‘search by postcode’.

Stream two

Stream two is applicable to students on an undergraduate programme whose annual household income is below £42,875 and at least one of the following:

  • Disability declared to Bath Spa University
  • Disability with no DSA (Disabled Students’ Allowance)
  • Young adult carer
  • BME (black and minority ethnic) background
  • Parents not in higher education
  • Mature undergraduate (over 21 on September 30 on year of entry to Bath Spa University)
  • Non-private school background
  • Care leaver
  • Categorised by the Student Loan Company as estranged from parents
  • Armed Forces background
  • Who entered their undergraduate programme with vocational level 3 qualifications only (e.g. BTEC/Access to Higher Education Diploma)
  • Have refugee status in the UK.
Terms and conditions

Successful recipients of the Outward Mobility Award will be subject to the following conditions:

  • Awards must be used for the purposes stated in your application form.
  • If, by reason of any emergency or other circumstance, the Award holder is unable to complete the project, they will be required to refund all or part of the Award as may be considered reasonable in all the circumstances.
  • Recipients may be publicised on the University website and in the media; recipients will be expected to provide appropriate feedback (reports, blog posts, pictures and/or videos) to support this.
  • Recipients must supply the Go Global team with a reflective piece of writing on how the funding has supported their academic studies and will help their future career. This information will be used in literature to promote the value of, and provide feedback, to those who support the fund and the University.
  • Recipients must provide the Go Global team with receipts for the mobility to cover up to the value of the Award given. Any funding for which no receipt or proof of payment is produced must be repaid to the University.
  • Recipients may be interviewed by the press office and/or be invited to attend events with donors who support the fund, partners in the project, other successful recipients and the wider University community, allowing discussion about the projects that have been carried out.
  • Recognition of the award should be made wherever possible. Wording such as 'Supported by Bath Spa University Outward Mobility Award' would suffice, but please contact us if you need assistance.

“Without the funding from the Outward Mobility Award, I would never have been able to undertake this trip. I simply did not have the funds to finance such a journey myself. As such, the money I received was invaluable in enabling me to travel to China, and was greatly appreciated.”

Isaac Glynn, BA (Hons) Creative Writing with Philosophy and Ethics, summer school in Beijing, China

Application deadlines

  • Monday 26 February 2024, 9am (GMT)
  • Monday 29 April 2024, 9am (BST)
  • Monday 17 June 2024, 9am (BST)

How to apply

Please submit your application via the AppHub.

Once you've logged into the AppHub, click 'Scholarship Applications' then 'Add Application' and select 'International Travel and Outward Mobility Award'.

How applications are judged

Outward Mobility Award allocations will be decided by the Bath Spa University disbursement panel, which will consist of representatives from the Go Global Team, Careers Department and Access and Participation Office, an external donor to the University, and academics from across the University.

Within four weeks after each deadline has passed, the panel will meet to discuss the applications received. Applicants should expect to hear an outcome within six weeks.

Alternative options

If your application is unsuccessful, you'll be notified and given time to amend your application for consideration for the International Travel Fund instead.

Please note that the maximum funding for the International Travel Fund is £500, and you'll need to adjust your application to demonstrate how you'll find the additional funds to support your travel.

About the award

The Bath Spa Outward Mobility Award is a targeted award, funded through the University’s Access and Participation Plan with the Office for Fair Access, and is designed to help students with the costs of undertaking an international placement, research, or study trip abroad.

Through its measures set out in the Access and Participation Plan, the University is especially keen to encourage students to apply for this award who are from groups who are underrepresented in higher education and who might not have otherwise considered a period abroad because of the cost.

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