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Make it Happen Fund

Developing a project or attending an interview, work experience or conference can come with a cost. Apply for funding to help support you.

About the fund

Our Make It Happen Fund supports Newcastle University students and recent graduates to take the next step in their career development.

You can use a Make it Happen Fund bursary to enhance your skills and experience or to access and create opportunities.

Funding is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis. You can only apply for one bursary per year.

Who is it for?

  • current Newcastle University students - all subjects and stages
  • recent graduates - up to 12 months after graduation

You can apply for funding to support with the costs of:

  • attending interviews and work experience
  • attending a conference
  • funding a project or initiative

Funding for interviews and work experience

Funding is available to support with the costs of:

  • travelling to job interviews, assessment centres or work experience
  • accommodation needed to attend a job interview, assessment centre or work experience
  • buying new clothes for a job interview or assessment centre

We recommend asking the employer if they can cover travel or accommodation costs for interviews before applying. 

Funding can't be used for food and drink or other subsistence costs. 

For travel expenses, it is expected that the funding will be used to cover the costs of using public transport, but mileage can be claimed at the rate of 45p per mile for private car journeys.

For students who meet additional criteria* funding is available to relocate to a new area for a new job. 

How much is available?

  • up to £150 is available for work experience, interviews and assessment centres. A maximum of £50 is available for clothes
  • up to £250 is available for relocation costs

Funding for projects and initiatives

Funding is available to cover costs associated with extracurricular projects, for example:

  • NUSU projects
  • art projects
  • organising an exhibition, event or conference 
  • extra-curricular research trips
  • community projects

Projects could contribute to your overall student experience, build skills and experience related to your field of study or career interest or have a positive impact for the wider community. 

How much is available?

Up to £500 is available.


Funding is available to support with the costs of attending a conference. Costs could include:

  • travel to and from the conference
  • accommodation if required for an overnight stay

How much is available?

Up to £100 is available.

To apply please complete the online form.

Please read our Make it Happen Fund Terms and Conditions before applying.

Once you have applied, please allow 5 working days for a reply.

For any questions please contact