Graduate Funding

SPINTERN - UK Space Agency Graduate Funding Opportuity

The UK Space Agency is offering grants of up to £3,000 for organisations to take on recent graduates (2017 or 2018) or postgraduate students for work placements in the space industry.

The Space Internship (SPINTERN) programme provides funding for companies to offer internships to recent graduates or post-grads, early in the new calendar year, to work on a specific project. The application process is intended to be proportionately ‘light touch’, and this year has two focusses – Earth Observation and Spaceflight.  The programme has been running for several years and is a proven and successful way to investigate potential employees of the future.

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This is the first time that spaceflight has been a focus area and it is believed to provide real benefit to the UK’s growing spaceflight sector. The SPINTERN programme can provide an opportunity for future professionals to work on technical spaceflight projects relating to vehicles or technology. However it is not just limited to ‘hard science’ projects. A spaceport may have a planning or architecture project, for example, that would be eligible. Similarly any company wanting to look at marketing or business planning for spaceflight activities might seek a relevant student to complete a project in this area.

Closing Date: 5pm, 30 October 2018

There is a total of £30,000 funding available, with a maximum of £3,000 for each award. UK Space agency, by exception, will provide additional funding if there is a strong response from industry.

The scheme, which is supported by the Satellite Applications Catapult in Harwell, is run to support paid work placements for students or those recently graduated within the space sector. It is part of the UK Space Agency’s skills and careers objectives, 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.


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