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 a 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

Application deadlines

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is our highest priority. With the spread of COVID-19 globally, the risks posed to health, and advice from the likes of Public Health England and the World Health Organisation, DMU has taken the decision to cancel all DMU Global overseas trips until further notice. 

This means that DMU Global will not be able to offer overseas opportunities as normal for the 2020-21 academic year. However, the situation is evolving, and as things change this decision will be reviewed.

Subject to approval by the University and providing travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. We have include provisional funding application dates below:

Application roundTrip datesFunding application dates
319 April – 31 August 2021  1 March – 22 March 2021, 9am

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.”

<strong>Hermione Alston-Edwards</strong>
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.”

<strong>Rahul Doll</strong>
Rahul Doll

Academic-led trip to Berlin, Germany