De Montfort University (DMU) has a long record in supporting the widening participation agenda and has significant experience in meeting the needs of underrepresented groups both pre-application and post entry. We believe that every student should also have the chance to take part in international opportunities and we would like to support students from underrepresented groups to make the best of their time at DMU.
This funding is made possible due to the Ben Lazarus Fund, which was set up in memory of former DMU student Ben Lazarus. The aim of the Fund is to support students from widening participation backgrounds to maximise the investment they make into their own futures and thereafter the ‘knowledge economy’ by enabling them to take part in overseas opportunities. Previous recipients of the Fund have travelled to destinations including the United States, France, Belgium and the United Arab Emirates.
Widening Participation Funding
In order to make DMU Global opportunities more accessible we have set up a special fund to help high-achieving students from widening participation groups that need additional financial support. The funding is paid as a supplement to the DMU Global bursary and offers a further £200 for all opportunities.
All students offered a place on an DMU Global trip that fall into one or more of the categories below can can apply for Widening Participation Funding:
Priority will be given to students applying for academic-led trips, but consideration will be given to applications for additional funding for extra-curricular opportunities.
In the 2022-2023 academic year, DMU Global overseas trips will take place between September 2022 and August 2023.
There will be 3 rounds of trip applications, and we will be publishing details of the trips on offer for round 1 starting on Monday 9 May 2022. For the second round of trips, this will be Monday 3 October 2022, and for the final round of trips, we will publish details on Monday 16 January 2023. Students will have 3 weeks to apply for these opportunities.
Students that are accepted to participate on DMU Global trips can apply for the Widening Participation Funding according to the schedule below:
|Application round||Trip dates||Funding application dates|
|1||1 September – 31 December 2022||6 June – 26 June 2022|
|2||1 January – 30 April 2023||7 November – 28 November 2022|
|3||1 May – 31 August 2023||20 February – 13 March 2023|
Before applying for Widening Participation Funding, you must have been offered and formally accepted your place for a DMU Global trip.
1. Complete application form
In your application you will be required to:
2. Application review
Once you have applied, a panel will review and make a decision on your application. Our aim is to review all funding applications in a fair, equal and transparent manner using the criteria below:
3. Application outcome
You will be notified of the outcome of your application within 7 days of the application deadline closing. All decisions taken by the panel are final. Successful applicants may be asked to update their bank details via the My Bank Account tile on MyDMU to allow us to transfer the £200 bursary to you.
Please contact us if you have any queries regarding the application process.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Tokyo where we got to experience amazing contemporary music and art. I feel grateful for the opportunity and the additional funding provided by the university, as it enabled me to draw inspiration for upcoming coursework.”
Academic-led trip to Tokyo, Japan
“The funding has enhanced my studies and gave me the chance to use Berlin as my final architecture studio project. Over the course of the trip, I learnt how an architect may tackle a site analysis abroad, through critical thinking and cultural understanding.”
Academic-led trip to Berlin, Germany