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.

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

DMU Global will be piloting the safe resumption of overseas trips to take place between April and August 2022. This resumption of travel will be informed by national and international health and travel advice.

We will be publishing details of the new trips on offer on Monday 17 January 2022. Students will have 3 weeks to apply for these opportunities, with the application deadline being Monday 7 February 2022 and 9am. 

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
19 April – 31 August 202221 February – March 2022

Application process

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

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