UKSA Funding Available for Student Placements


Closing Date: 30 January 2018 (17:00)


The UK Space Agency is offering grants of up to £3,000 for organisations to take on graduate or postgraduate students for work placements in the space industry.

The funding from the Agency’s Space Placements in INdustry (SPIN) scheme, is for Earth Observation projects at small and medium size businesses, universities, charities, not-for-profit or government agencies within the space sector.

There is a total of £30,000 funding available, with a maximum of £3,000 for each award.

The aim of the scheme is to fulfil the skills and careers objectives of the UK Space Agency education programme, as set out in its Education, Skills and Outreach Strategy. This in turn supports the aims of the UK Space Agency by providing a context for students to experience the breadth of opportunities that the sector can offer, developing skills crucial to the success of the sector, supporting the growth of businesses within the sector and raising awareness of the UK’s space programme and STEM subjects in general.

What projects are suitable?

Your project may be targeted at a student or graduate of a specific discipline, or simply describe the skills you are looking for. It should outline a piece of work or role which will take a minimum of 8 weeks and be designed to enhance the skill set of the successful applicant whilst providing them with a business context in which to apply their skills. Projects submitted for this round of SPIN funding should have an Earth Observation focus.

The placement will vary from organisation to organisation and may involve:

  • A piece of research or a small project that would otherwise not be done
  • Working as part of a team on a product or client-focused project, or something more independent

Placements may be extended beyond 8 weeks, by mutual agreement between the host organisation and the successful applicant.

We anticipate the following schedule:

  • Opening of award scheme – 22 January 2018
  • Deadline for placement proposals to be received – 5pm, 30 January 2018
  • Panel meeting – 31 January 2018
  • Projects to be advertised to students on the SPIN website for no more than 2 weeks
  • Successful applicants to be notified no later than 21 February 2018
  • Placements to be started no later than 7 March 2018
  • Invoice to be submitted no later than 12 March 2018


Click here to download the application form.

You will receive a notification of your application being accepted within 48 hours of sending. If you do not receive this, we have probably not received your application.


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