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

Application roundTrip datesFunding application dates
11 September – 31 December 202022 June – 13 July 2020, 9am
21 January – 18 April 2021 16 November – 7 December 2020, 9am
319 April – 31 August 2021  1 March – 23 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