Widening Participation Funding


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.

Eligibility criteria

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:

  • Students from low-income backgrounds
  • Students who have a disability or medical condition
  • Students from a background in care
  • Mature students
  • Students from low-participation neighbourhoods (where very few people go on to higher education)
  • Students whose parents did not go to university
  • Students from an ethnic minority

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.

Application deadlines

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 roundTrip datesFunding application dates
11 September – 31 December 2022 6 June – 26 June 2022
21 January – 30 April 20237 November – 28 November 2022
31 May – 31 August 202320 February – 13 March 2023

Application process

Before applying for Widening Participation Funding, you must have been offered and formally accepted your place for a DMU Global trip. 

Please contact us if you have any queries regarding the application process.

Student stories

“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.”

Hermione Alston-Edwards
Hermione Alston-Edwards

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.”

Rahul Doll
Rahul Doll

Academic-led trip to Berlin, Germany