Support for Summer Internships

Fusion Industry School Support for Summer Internships

The Fusion Centre for Doctoral Training, with funding from its Fusion Industry School, is partnering with UKAEA’s Fusion Industry Summer Placements to provide financial support packages for students who would otherwise struggle to access work experience placements in the fusion energy sector.


We will provide funding to support students from under-represented backgrounds to access summer placements in the fusion energy sector and gain industry experience.

Our long-term aim is to enable a wider range of students to gain industry experience and so provide a pathway towards a more diverse fusion industry workforce for the future.

Support Packages

The Fusion CDT will provide five support packages of up to £2,000 each. Funding could be used, for example, to assist with relocation and accommodation costs for those not based near companies offering fusion placements, or to cover other additional support needs (eg related to caring responsibilities).

The funding will cover actual costs associated with specific, identified items. Expenses covered under the support package can be paid directly by us (e.g. accommodation or travel booked and paid for by us), or can be reimbursed with valid receipts.

Any unused/unclaimed funding will remain with the Fusion CDT and will be rolled over for the scheme next year. £2,000 is the maximum amount available for each student, and any additional expenses/costs incurred over this would need to be covered by other means.

Who is eligible?

You should be a current student at a UK university who is applying for (or has already applied for) one of the summer placements in UKAEA’s Fusion Industry Summer Placements programme.

Priority will be given to students from communities that are currently under-represented in the fusion industry workforce. Such communities include:

  • first generation to go to university
  • low income household (under £26,000 per year)
  • black, asian and minority ethnic students
  • mature students
  • disabled students
  • female students
  • non-binary and transgender students
  • care leavers
  • carers

If one or more of these characteristics applies to you, we would consider you a priority for this funding.

You should also have a clear plan for how the funding will enable you to access the internship, i.e. what would you spend the funding on and how would that enable you to take up the placement.

How do I apply?

To apply, please complete our short form below by midnight on Monday 8th May:
Fusion Industry School Support for Summer Internships – Application Form

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Once the deadline has passed, the Fusion CDT team will evaluate the applications and decide the funding allocations. We are aiming to contact candidates by 15th May with a decision.